TITLE: The Homecoming| AUTHOR: Andrew Pyper | PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster | PUBLISHED ON: February 26, 2019 | PAGES: 353 | RATING: 5 hooks out of 5 | SOURCE: Self-Purchased
Andrew Pyper has been one of my auto-buy authors for a while now. Even when his books aren’t perfect, they’re always fun and I’m never left disappointed. With his newest novel though, I’ve been completely blown away. This is basically my perfect thriller, and I loved every page.
I like going into books knowing as little as possible about them, and in this case, I think it definitely added to my enjoyment. Because of that, I’m going to keep this review fairly vague, because the slow-burn of watching this story unfold is a huge part of this novel’s appeal. This is going to be a lot more about how this book made me feel than the actual characters or contents because I really feel like this book needs to be experienced with as little forewarning as possible. I will say that this novel treads the line between about 5 different genres and somehow never feels muddied or like it’s trying too hard. There are horror elements, some sci-fi, maybe a little bit of dystopian, all blended seamlessly into the central plot’s locked room (or, more accurately, locked estate) thriller.
On more than one occassion while I was reading this book, I felt the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. It just has this creepy, insidious vibe to it that had me feeling incredibly unsettled while I was reading, and I live for that kind of feeling. This book isn’t horror, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it scary, but the uncomfortable sense of foreboding bleeds off of every page in the best possible ways.
On to the actual content of the novel: I loved the characters in this book. All of them felt real and authentic, if maybe just a tiny bit off in an indescribable way that certainly added into the creep-factor. The flow of the plot was also seriously perfect for me; it had just the right ratio of twists to hints, leaving me guessing to the very end. A lot of the chapters ended in mini-cliffhangers which made this one impossible for me to put down. If not for a migraine rudely interrupting my reading time, I’m pretty sure I could have happily devoured this book in one sitting.
This novel has easily taken the top spot for me as the book to beat for 2019. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a thriller this unique and satisfying, and I doubt I’ll find a better one any time soon. If you haven’t picked up any of Pyper’s novels yet, you absolutely wouldn’t be going wrong to start with this one.