Book Review & Giveaway: The Returned by Jason Mott

Book Review: The Returned by Jason MottTHE RETURNED
by Jason Mott

Harlequin MIRA; Aug. 27, 2013
Hardcover; 352 pages
Source: TLC Book Tours

In the decades since their 8-year-old son’s tragic drowning, Harold and Lucille Hargrave have learned to cope with their pain. Although the death of their only child created an unfillable hole in their marriage, they have moved on and settled into a mostly comfortable life. However, old wounds are reopened when Jacob, their son, turns up on their doorstep looking exactly as he did on the day he died.

Such occurrences have been happening all over the world. People who had died are returning to life, popping up in unexpected places. It’s clear that they are not zombies, but no one can agree what exactly they are or what should be done with them. This phenomenon becomes so common that an organization called The International Bureau of the Returned is formed to handle the formerly dead. Continue reading

Book Review: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Book Review: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
by Jesmyn Ward

Bloomsbury, Aug. 2011
Paperback, 258 pages
Source: Purchased

In Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, the radio warns of an impending hurricane, but the Batiste children aren’t worried. Only their hard-drinking, widowed father is concerned that this hurricane will be worse than all of the others his family has experienced.

As Daddy prepares for the hurricane, Esch, our fifteen-year-old narrator, struggles with her discovery that she is pregnant; Skeeter takes care of his prized pit bull, China, and her newborn puppies; Randall practices for an important basketball game; and Junior, the youngest, is just gets into everyone else’s business. Continue reading