You Came Back

You Came Back Review

Thirty-something midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart Chloe. He's successful, he's in love again, and he believes he's mastered his own memories.

But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan's ghost. Will Mark--who does not believe in ghosts--come to accept the mounting evidence that Brendan's is real? Will his engagement to his new love Allison be threatened by the reappearance in Mark's life of Chloe--who does believe? If the ghost is real, what can these two wounded parents do to help their son?

YOU CAME BACK examines the beauty and danger of belief in all its forms--not only belief in the supernatural, but in the love that binds parents and children, husbands and wives.

Title:You Came Back
Edition Language:English

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    You Came Back Reviews

  • Lisa

    Draaaaaaggggged. My god did this book drag. Interesting premise, promising start, but entirely too self-indulgent. Pages and pages of how the main character feels about his ex-wife, pages and pages of...

  • John Luiz

    You Came Back is everything you want a literary novel to be - a great premise that draws you in, fully realized characters that provide a deep insight into what it means to be human, and a writing sty...

  • Dale Harcombe

    Two and a half starsHow does a person cope with the death of a child? That is the situation for Mark Fife and Chloe. Their marriage was only one of the causalities from the death of their seven year o...

  • Jennifer

    This second novel by Coake will stay with you long after you've put it down. Thirty-something Mark Fife is on the brink of starting a new life with his fiance, several years after his 7-year-old son B...

  • Barb

    I read this just in the nick of time to revoke its nomination as a book club choice, thank goodness. We affectionately refer to ourselves as "The Bad Book Club" and this would have been a contender fo...

  • Kiki

    Review copy from NetGalleyI'm not sure what compelled me to want to read this novel, since the very thought of losing a child is enough to make me sick, but I think it was the possible "ghost" element...

  • Lynn

    Mark Fife is in the midst of a new life. But his old life keeps creeping back. Mark was once married to Chloe and they had a son Brendan. In a horrible accident while Mark was home alone with Brendan,...

  • Jackie

    Debated on 3 stars but just could not justify that 1 extra. This book had so much potential and kept me interested for about 150 of the 416 pages. The story dragged on way too long without adding one ...

  • Tania

    A well written debut novel on an intriguing subject. If your son died falling down the stairs, and a few years later you heard that his spirit was calling for you in your old house, would you want to ...

  • TC

    Mark is in his 30s and finally finding happiness again, having endured the loss of his 7 year old son and the subsequent break up of his marriage. Having hit a low while grieving for Brendan he has no...