The Homecoming: Book summary and reviews of The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud

The Homecoming

Niceville Trilogy #2

By Carsten Stroud

The Homecoming
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2013,
    432 pages.

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From its explosive opening to its eerie climax, The Homecoming is a page-turning, labyrinthine thrill ride that returns to Niceville ... where evil lives far longer than men do.

When two plane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, corporate corruption, and financial double-dealing, it's not enough that Niceville detective Nick Kavanaugh (ex–Special Forces) has to investigate. He and his wife, family lawyer Kate, have also just taken in brutally orphaned Rainey Teague. Something bothers Nick about Rainey - and it isn't just that the woman in charge of attendance at Rainey's prep school has disappeared. In fact, people have long been disappearing from seemingly placid Niceville, including, most disturbingly, Kate's father. Using his files, Kate and Nick start to unearth Niceville's blood stained history, but something (or is it Nothing?) stands in their way.

Once again, Carsten Stroud gives us unforgettable characters, including Coker, the steely, amoral police sniper, and Harvill Endicott, an urbanely manipulative psychopath, not to mention Warren Smoles, the most conniving lawyer you will ever meet. Stroud's unique storytelling gifts bring us into a world where protecting your family from the unknown becomes almost impossible but essential for survival.

Anything is possible in The Homecoming. 

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"[A] superior sequel...Elements such as an ancient ghost story, a nearby sinkhole that Native Americans consider a bad place, homicidal criminals, and the soul of one little boy meld into a rich, realistic supernatural thriller. " - Publishers Weekly

"A third book may resolve the tangled plot, but this one is messy and overwritten." - Kirkus

"All the characters are quirky and well developed, and the violence is integral to the story. The second book in the Niceville trilogy is a genre-bending, page-turning, suspenseful read that is impossible to put down or to forget." - Booklist

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Carsten Stroud is a highly praised writer of fiction and nonfiction, including the best-selling true-crime account Close Pursuit. Among his novels are Sniper's Moon, Lizardskin, Black Water Transit, Cuba Strait, Cobraville, and Niceville. He lives in Toronto and is currently working on his next novel.

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