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The Homecoming

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This book blew my mind. Halfway through The Homecoming, I tweeted: 

It's 9:28 PM. I'm at 56% of The Homecoming. Do I:

Read on (So exciting!!)
Stop (Nightmares!!)
And that was pretty much my frame of mind throughout most of the book. I tried switching to a different book to avoid having nightmares, found myself unable to concentrate because I really, really wanted to keep reading The Homecoming, and finally at the 61% mark, I chickened out completely and burrowed under the covers, trying to think of anything but the story. The last time I remember being this affected by a book is, fittingly enough, another Andrew Pyper title, The Guardians. I've read other unputdownable books since The Guardians, so I might be misremembering, but this at least puts The Homecoming at my absolute favourite or second-favourite Andrew Pyper books ever.

The set-up for The Homecoming is absolutely my kind of atmospheric thriller: a controlling but absentee man has died, and his family has to stay in the same house for a month, isolated from all forms of outside contact, in order to claim their massive inheritance. It's a set-up straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, and for a while, I expected one of the family members to murder another, and a third family member stepping up as amateur detective, And Then There Were None-style.

Except of course, this being an Andrew Pyper novel, things got quite a bit weirder and more twisted than I anticipated. Family members all having the same dream of a boat, alien music and drowning, for example. Mysterious figures in the woods. A doorway to an old campsite with violent messages graffitied to the walls. Things go wrong, and what I love about this is that everything that could be supernatural could also have a realistic explanation. The story is incredibly frightening, horrifying, terrifying -- and I feel the need to include all those words because I went back and forth through an entire range of emotions while reading this book -- and throughout it all, there's this undercurrent of disquiet that just had me going "WTF" the entire time. 

The best part for me is that all the scary bits are framed by this incredibly rich and complex family drama. The characters come to terms with how they feel about the man who died, and how they feel about all the stuff they're learning about each other and about their family as they're trapped in this house. So for all the fear this story raised in me, I also found it incredibly moving and emotional. I cared deeply for these characters, and the big reveal was more tragic than I could ever have anticipated.

And finally, I love how the book took on a bit of a sci fi twist. Like all good sci fi, even the more outlandish parts of this book are rooted in reality. And no matter how messed up the big reveal is in itself, the truly chilling thing about it is that its logic is believable. I can actually see why someone would do such things and, more horrific, I can actually see why some may consider such actions in service of a greater good. 

This book is brilliant. Read it.

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley for an egalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

[My review will go live on my blog on Feb 1, 8 am ET.]
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I LOVED this book. I read it in one sitting and loved the twists and turns. Cinematic in scope and totally engrossing.  Andrew Paper does it again.
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Everything about this book sounded right in my wheelhouse and the raving reviews coming in only solidified my feelings so I just couldn't hold off reading this any longer.

Aaaaaannnnnddddddd.....WTF was that? Seriously! 

This is not at all the book I was expecting. 

The Quinlans have been whisked away to a mansion in the middle of the rain forest in the Pacific Northwest on behalf of their absentee and now deceased father. In order for any of them to receive their substantial inheritance they need to remain within the walls of the estate with no outside contact for 30 days. If anyone should try to leave then they forfeit their part of the inheritance. 

From the very start, we as a reader, know that something is amiss here. Initially I was very intrigued with finding out what was going on but then the book veers off into a very strange and downright wacky direction that completely lost me. 

SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF - You will need this!!! 

As other reviewers have mentioned there isn't much more you can say about the plot without going into major spoiler territory. *Zips lips* 

Wonderful writing, intriguing idea but just not the story for me I'm afraid. 3 stars! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Judging the Book by it's Cover - 2019-01-14
I've read a couple of Andrew Pyper's books ( The Demonologist and The Damned ) and have quite enjoyed his writing and found his stories original and thrilling. I had similar hopes for this, but also the similar hesitance I'm having these days for this genre, it's starting to seem a bit over-saturated and difficult to surprise and ultimately thrill me.

Review - 2019-01-21
This is one of those books that you read through and end up not being entirely sure what you read once you're done. It starts out simple enough; a creepy old house that a family has to stay in for 30 days as requested by their deceased father in his will. A strange request that launches the family on a journey of unraveling family secrets and trying to figure out exactly who their father was and who their family is. You know from the start that strange things are happening, but I don't have the words to accurately describe how strange, nor would I want to, as this is something you really ought to read without any other information or influence. Just experience it for yourself.

Pyper does a great job of emitting suspense and fear with his atmospheric details. There's nothing that's make-you-jump scary, but he builds the suspense and it creeps up behind you much like what happens to the characters in the story. He also strings the reader along, there are really no answers, just a lot more questions as more details are unearthed. Again, it doesn't seem like anything big happens, but it's strange enough to urge you on further, wanting to know exactly what is going on here. It felt like I was edging deeper and deeper into a dark tunnel, knowing I should probably turn around but far too curious and desperate to know what lies at the end to do so.

Clever writing and a unique story make this a strong read with an ending I didn't see coming and actually quite loved. Pyper respects the readers, he doesn't lay everything out in layman's terms and expects you to do a little work to put together the pieces, which I appreciate. I'm a big fan of how he continually keeps me on my toes with every novel. Looking forward to more.

** I received an advance copy of The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper for honest review from Simon and Schuster Canada and thank them for the opportunity to read this and share my thoughts.
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This was an interesting read full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing till the end. It was a true psychological thriller. 
I loved the book and thank th publisher and Netgalley
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Ummmm, what did I just read? Whats real? Whats not? Is there an ending? I guess the most I can sayis this book will always leave you guessing. You think you see the path? Nope? Maybe? A true psycological thriller with the oddest ending ever.
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The Homecoming is a solid thriller that evokes tension and makes you want to keep reading. 

Aaron Quinlan and his family are ushered to their father's (surprise) estate to learn the details of his will. Once there, they are told that they must remain there for 30 days without any contact with the outside world in order to receive their inheritance. Aaron, his mother, and his sisters quickly learn that they didn't fully know the head of the Quinlan clan and that his estate and its inhabitants are not what it seems. I won't say much more, as I think that it is best to go in with few details.

I loved the first 2/3 of this book and it kept me revved up and wanting to know more. The ending wasn't quite as strong, but it was still a worthwhile finish. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read an advance copy.
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"A patchwork of a man. One who’s no longer a man. An undead scarecrow who leapt from its post. Clothes so stained by dirt, by blood they cling to him like plastic wrap.”

How can you not be intrigued by the above statement and creeped out?! I had been hearing very good things about Andrew Pyper so I decided to take a chance on reading The Homecoming... and OH MY I'm so glad that I did.

WOW... talk about CREEPY and ghostly! 

A family has learned that their father has passed and they must meet up at his estate. Mind you the family has zero idea the father even had an estate?! The will states that the family must meet here for 30 days with no contact to the outside world. No problem... you're thinking 30 days with family is easy!

Well... not until the woods starts to come alive and the estate isn't what it seems at all. 

What the heck is going on? What is the sole purpose of the estate and why are there creepy as hell creatures coming alive? 

I'd recommend going in blind with this one as everyone keeps saying and am glad that I did. What a crazy and creepy book this was.

Overall enjoyed it! 4 creepy stars! 

Huge thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

Pub date: 2/26/19
Published to GR: 1/9/19
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Thus book was great. There was a lot if twists and turns that i didnt expect. Once you get started you cant put it down.
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An enthralling read from beginning to end. It's a fantastic story with many twists and turns. A dark psychological thriller that fans of the genre will enjoy.
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I was really surprised by this book, it wasn't a typical thriller or suspense story. It was very suspenseful from the get-go, and built up the relationships, and plot with plenty of tension, but the originality of the story surprised me. I was expecting run of the mill twists, however, the outcome and motivation of the characters was not something I predicted or was expecting.
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After learning of the death of their mostly absentee father Aaron and his sister  Bridget (Bridge) Quinlan are summoned to a vast property in the Pacific Northwest in order to hear details of Dad's will.   There they meet their mother and another sister.  The will indicates that their father left a good deal of money to be divided up among the family.  There is one unexplained condition which is to stay on the property without leaving the grounds for 30 days.  Can't be that bad so they agree.  But totally unexpectedly another group shows up the following day and is another group of Quinlan children.  The discussions among both groups gives rise to the obvious conclusion that the frequent absences by the father are explained by the apparent fact that he had two separate families with one not knowing about the other.
     The two groups get to know each other when something out of the ordinary happens.  A very tall man like figure and apparently an old lady are spotted wandering around in the forest surrounding the property.  On top of that there is a group of buildings found in semi repair which looks like it was a camp.  
     The reader at this point could come to the conclusion that this is a ghost story.  The reality is that Mr Pyper has created something much more imaginative than a simple tale about wandering ghosts.  None of the events in the beginning of the novel point directly at the ending.  When it does occur it is something so out of any conclusions reached by the reader that the obvious idea is that it wasn't prepared for by any action Mr Pyper describes.  But, it is and so well done that the long hours spent reading the book are rewarded by one of the most ingenious stories that I have read in a long time.  
     My final reaction is that I want more, but based on the events and the finale this may not be possible.  Even so this book is a must read, as is any future works by Andrew Pyper.
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Oh. My. (Insert gasp emoji 3x here!)

When I heard about The Homecoming from my sister, Chelsea Humphrey, I was so intrigued by the plot. A family has lost their father and is told they must meet up at an estate (he had an estate?!) to further hear about his will. There’s an inheritance but the terms are weird. They must all stay together for 30 days with NO contact from the outside world. Sure, 30 days with family isn’t so bad-until the woods on the estate come alive and not everything is as it seems.

With millions of questions about who their father was and what is the TRUE purpose of this seclusion, they wonder if everything they’ve been told by their father was a lie.

Without further a due, as my sissy always likes to say, GO IN BLIND. You can thank me later!

Prepare to be hooked for this one guys.

Compulsive. Compulsive. Compulsive.

4 STARS!!

Thank you to the author and publisher for my copy of this book via NetGalley!
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3.5 STARS - This is my first book by Canadian author Andrew Pyper. He had been on my radar for a bit and I had even attended a library event he was at a couple of years ago but hadn't picked up one of his books until The Homecoming caught my eye. I went into this book rather blind, only reading the blurb and I highly suggest other readers do the same.

With The Homecoming, I expected a standard suspenseful read about a flawed and damaged family and while the dysfunction runs rampant in this family, the focus was the strange, sinister vibe. I quite enjoyed the slow building of tension and creepiness but this 'Biblio Chicken' (who likes Suspense but has never ventured into the Horror genre) hadn't expected it to be quite so chilling. I found myself muttering 'Geez, Laurie! WHY are you reading this at night??' … as I turned another page. While I might not have as much fortitude in the suspense/horror as some people, this was an enjoyably creepy read.

But while the scare factor is high for most of the book as the mystery surrounding this family unravels and unexpected twists occur, unfortunately the tension tapers off in the last quarter. It's at this point where the explanations broke the tension, and a few felt too far-fetched to be believable.

This was an entertaining, slow burn, chilling read about a dysfunctional family. It keeps readers curious enough to venture into the vast, dark woods with the Quinlans to find out what is really going on. This book will keep you on your toes and have you jumping at the things that go bump in the night.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Such a dark and twisty story. Very creative and engaging. One of those "this would never happen...would it" kind of stories
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"When mom called to tell me the news, I was surprised at first that Raymond Quinlan was capable of something so human as dying."

Some phrases that might describe this book: "WTF", "OMG", and "STFU"... I think you get the picture. 

I am at a total loss for words here folks, and I mean that in a positive manner. You're tipped off from the very beginning in knowing that something strange is going on with this dysfunctional family, but the reader is dropped right into the middle of the story without much to go on, which is just as it should be. I picture fans of Blake Crouch really taking to The Homecoming.

"How do parents do it? How do they stay ahead of their kids, cut them off at the pass, shield them from whatever they need shielding from? Either I'm too inexperienced at it to know, or all parents fail the same way I'm failing now."

Go in blind folks. In fact, I'm so strongly urging you to do this that I'm going to stop right here and let you read the book for yourself. If you're looking for a psychological thriller that is anything other than cliche, stale, or conventional, here it is friends. I'm going to end with a couple more quotes that I found insightful and one word: enjoy.

"One squeeze means I'm here. Two squeezes means I love you. Three squeezes means it's just me and you."

"I've been brought up to manage hurt by retreating, and to manage others' hurt by standing back from it."
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This is my first exposure to Andrew Pyper’s works so I did not have any preconceived expectations. I received and ARC copy from NetGalley and Simon& Schuster in return for an honest review and must admit that it did not disappoint. 

The Quinlan family had deep secrets to be sure, far deeper than most families, and the reveal of such secrets was definitely unexpected and surprising. Slow to develop it soon had me engaged trying to anticipate the next delightful twist and turn. What started out as family abiding a dead father's will, it quickly turns into a dangerous mystery where the characters cannot be sure who they can trust. I found the premise of this book very unique and frightening. The author provided enough details to make the story flow without spoon feeding the reader with all the answers and information.
 
“Homecoming” is dark, twisted, disturbing and riveting psychological thriller told through creative language and descriptive settings. Pyper does a fantastic job of building suspense and growing an inkling of dread into full blown terror. I will definitely read his other works!
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What the &$#% did I just read?! Andrew Pyper's The Homecoming is a bizarre, yet utterly gripping suspense treat for thriller and suspense aficionados. This family drama starts off with Aaron Quinlan and his much younger sister Bridit (aka Bridge) on their way to their estranged father, Ray Quinlan's funeral. Once they meet up with their mother and other sister Franny, the four of them are seated with their father's estate attorney Mr. Fogarty. They are told that they must spend thirty days at Ray Quinlan's home, disconnected from the outside world, and after doing so, they'll be allowed to inherit a portion of the 30 million dollar estate that he's leaving behind. As the time in their father's house continues, the family learns of secrets that have never been discussed, and their time at the estate is sketchy, at best. Someone's lurking around their property, but what does this mean for the Quinlan's? Who's watching them and why?

The Homecoming is very original, and very strange—in the best way possible! The story that Andrew Pyper provides is so detailed and gripping, that I would urge you to not read any more spoilers into the story. This book packs a punch, and you'll notice that you're devouring the book, page-by-page, in record speed! I finished The Homecoming in one sitting, and I'm so glad that I did, because it was one of those novels that I'd never be able to guess the outcome. 

The Homecoming is a psychological thriller/suspense, but at it's core, it's also a family drama. In an over-saturated genre, The Homecoming delivers. It's originality will keep you turning the pages, but it's suspense will keep you glued. At times, The Homecoming can come across a little farfetched, but take it with a grain of salt. You'll enjoy the storyline, love the characters, and be completely freaked out at the same time! Andrew Pyper, you've gained a new fan, and I can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve.
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Thank you, NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this enthralling, creepy and suspenseful horror story. I was happy to receive the ARC and to be introduced to an author who was new to me. It has left me with a goal of reading his previous works. 

 The story presents an intriguing puzzle, written with high imagination and shocking twists which I couldn’t see coming. The plot was far-fetched but became real to me as I read and suspended disbelief. It explored family relationships, deceptive memories, science gone insane. There are a couple of mute, dishevelled people wandering in the dark woods outside. It asks the question about how well we know those closest to us, and even how well we know ourselves. 

  The Quinlan family arrive at a remote estate in the Pacific Rainforest. Aaron is a physician who has vague unpleasant memories from working with Doctors Without Borders in a war zone. With him is his older sister, Fanny, a recovering drug addict, his beloved younger sister, Bridge, along with their mother. 

They have been summoned to the manor to hear the details of the father’s will. The lawyer informs them that the father, who was remote and frequently absent, has left millions of dollars. This was a revelation to them, as was the existence of the vast estate. Bridge has an uncertain, fleeting memory of being there before. The characters are intriguing. The Quinlans learn that the fortune is to be divided evenly among them, but on condition that they remain in the home and surrounding property for 30 days. They are free to leave, but anyone doing so will forfeit their share of the inheritance. With some reluctance, they agree to stay. 

 Soon some unexpected people arrive, changing the dynamics, expectations while presenting new problems. I won’t outline the plot any further, just to mention that there are many shocking twists and revelations. Everything is not as it seems. Why are two dirty, scary looking people spotted wandering in the forested grounds? What are the eerie, chilling sounds? What is the meaning of the campground nearby, containing religious verses and also signs of satanism? What is the purpose of a secret underground tunnel? Is there even any truth in the promise of an inheritance? 
 
 I found this to be a chilling book containing interesting characters and their relationships. It combined mystery, horror and science fiction but was also character driven. There was also plenty of action and blood. Highly recommended to fans of this type of shocking story with many twists and turns which defy expectations
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Best-selling author Andrew Pyper returns with a riveting psychological thriller about how the people you've known your whole life can suddenly become strangers. 

What if everything you knew about the people you loved was a lie?

THE HOMECOMING centers around the Quinlan family. After the death of their absentee father, Aaron and Bridge travel to a remote property in the Pacific Northwest to hear the reading of their estrange father's will. They are met by their mother and sister at this compound-like wilderness retreat. The will's terms states that in order to claim their inheritance they must remain at the estate for thirty days without any contact with the outside world. This little morsel of information piqued my interest. Despite the family's gut feeling, they all agree to stay to get their inheritance. I would've done the same thing for a good chunk of change. That kind of money can change a person's life over night. 

The setup is bewitching to say the least. You should carve out some time to read THE HOMECOMING because it's unputdownable. The short chapters make for a relatively quick read. With a cup of coffee in hand, I fully immersed myself in this story. As the world faded away, I took in the sights and smells of the secluded rainforest property in the Pacific Northwest. Andrew Pyper uses the less is more approach when it comes to descriptions–this allowed for a more satisfying and personal reading experience. 

The Quinlans soon come to learn their family has more secrets than they ever imagined–revelations that at first inspire curiosity, then fear. 

It turns out, the mysterious patriarch had a secret family on the side. Sounds about right, using work as an excuse for being gone all the time. Absent father is never around, shacking up with another woman. They arrive at the secluded property soon after the Quinlans and the family gets a little bigger, but at the same time, everyone's portion of the will gets a little smaller. While the Quinlans grapple with the revelation, they must learn how to cope with the situation. This is when we learn a good bit about all of the characters. The characterization is incredible because Pyper goes with both direct and indirect approaches, making the characters three-dimensional and complex. As the story progresses, each character's backstory plays a pivotal role. The two families realize they have more in common than they thought. 

The Quinlans start looking around the expansive property, trying to find answers. They still didn't know why their father wanted them all in the same place together. Bridge has faint memories of the estate. The Quinlans begin having the same nightmares. Cool, huh? They start seeing things in the woods. Creatures? Monsters? People? They can't be sure until it's too late. Everything is revealed. The story unravels perfectly. Pyper doesn't rush it. The ending is absolutely heart-stopping. I'm still reeling from that incredible third act. 

Andrew Pyper's prose is beautifully written, making for a quick read. The plot is seamless. The dialogue is great. I enjoyed the authentic exchanges between the characters. The font is easy on the eyes, too. A good font enhances the reading experience, for sure. I dig the cover. I love a good cover, guys. 

THE HOMECOMING is a blood-curdling tale of mind-bending horror wrapped in a harrowing suspenser. I've never read anything like THE HOMECOMING before. It's wholly original. I hope this story gets optioned. I would love to see it on the big screen. Andrew Pyper has done it again, folks. He keeps churning out great work. If you dig great horror and thrillers, then you'll want to grab this novel. 

Strongly Recommend!
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