What if everything you knew about the people you loved was a lie?
After the death of their absentee father, Aaron and Bridge Quinlan travel to a vast rainforest property in the Pacific Northwest to hear the reading of his will. There, they meet up with their mother and troubled sister, Franny, and are shocked to discover the will’s terms: in order to claim their inheritance they must remain at the estate for thirty days without any contact with the outside world. Despite their concerns, they agree.
The Quinlans soon come to learn their family has more secrets than they ever imagined—revelations that at first inspire curiosity, then fear. Why does Bridge have faint memories of the estate? Why did their father want them to be sequestered there together? And what is out there they feel pulling them into the dark heart of the woods?
The Homecoming is at once a gripping mystery, a chilling exploration of how our memories can both define and betray us, and a riveting page-turner that will have you questioning your very existence.
The Homecoming was a strange and eerie tale of monsters both real and imagined within the tale of a dysfunctional family like no other, although the reasons for this are shrouded in mystery…
Staying a month in isolation in return for a multi million pound pay out doesn’t sound like too much of a stretch- but that’s always assuming you can survive it, especially when strange things happen and you begin to lose touch with reality.
This is where we start, a codicil in a will and a family’s tacit understanding that their father was a bit bonkers. It’s an intriguing premise which Andrew Pyper uses to explore themes of memory and human connection.
Focusing mostly on Aaron, whose relationship with his younger sister Bridge forms the heart of the story, The Homecoming takes you on a twisted and uber creepy path through the woods, both metaphorically and physically as the chilling truth behind this last request starts to emerge.
I was riveted, absolutely glued to the pages as events unfolded, The Homecoming is utterly unpredictable and, yes, just a tiny bit bonkers itself. But it will leave you thinking about many things, not least that which makes us who we are.
Loved it. Different,, quirky, scary as you like and beautifully done.