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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Return

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Warning - This Review Contains Spoilers - Spoilers Section Will Be Warned Ahead Of Time

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2


"Julie is missing, and the missing don't often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she'll come back. She's right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she's been or what happened to her."


 

The Return is a standalone horror novel by Rachel Harrison.


The over rating for this wasn't very high, and now I know why. This is pretty much Mean Girls meets Jennifer's Body, but 10x more boring. Oh boy did this ever drag on.


The majority of the book is filled with the constant repetition of the girls talking to each other and denying that there was something wrong with Julie. On top of how uninteresting it was to read about that, all of the girls were kind of just horrible people and friends (hence why I say it's like Mean Girls). They have no issues being mean to each other and judgemental of other people as well.


Our MC Elise does not manage to escape the clique and cliches. She is a very paranoid person, which isn't a trait that translated very well in this horror book because I felt like it was a cheap method to make things tense. My likeness towards her dropped, even more, when you learn something about her that will be discussed below. Don't scroll any further if you don't want to be spoiled.


Overall though, this was a been there and done that kind of book.


Spoilers Ahead

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We found out that Elise was in a relationship with her professor, strike one, who was married and had kids, strike two. To make things worse, she took things to the next step by breaking into his family's home to snoop around which wasn't creepy at all. Although she broke things off with him, when Julie disappeared, she got close to her widow which wasn't the greatest thing ever when they both thought that she was still out there somewhere.

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