Published: 1st June 2013 by HarlequinTeen
Format: Ebook, 26 pages
In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.
It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on... Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world--and Emily--into a tailspin.
Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another...even if it means risking everything.
This novella is so sweet! It follows Edmund Blithe, who blithely turns up to work, alive and well, exactly a year after his death. Chaos ensues, and soon he’s being questioned by government officials and hounded by the media. But he has no answers – he can’t even remember being dead. According to his memory, he proposed to his girlfriend, Emily, a few days ago, and all he wants to do is see her again.
Emily has spent the last year trying to forget the man who died the day after he proposed to her. She’s stopped wearing the ring, and is finally moving on, when he miraculously comes back from the dead. I felt like I got to know Emily really well in the brief time I was able to spend with her – she’s a strong character who literally flies off the page. I feel that Edmund isn’t as strong, but I think that the author captured his bewilderment and craving for normalcy well.
This prequel novella forms a great introduction into the mysterious phenomenon at the heart of Jason Mott’s The Returned, and the couple have the cutest, cutest story. I hope we get to see how they’re coping in The Returned.