A BEST BOOK OF 2019 (Pop Matters)
“Brilliant thriller…readers will be invested in the thoughtfully constructed characters.”
— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“One assumes the book was written beneath a full moon…The Homecoming creates a battle between the reader’s faith in what they know about their own histories and the leery possibility of treachery emerging out of nowhere. Pyper’s craftsmanship knows no limit when it comes to making the reader confront their own inescapable fears.”
— The Globe and Mail
“Weird, wonderful, audacious…Brilliantly constructed and absolutely mesmerizing, this could very well be [Pyper’s] best book yet.”
— Booklist (Starred Review)
“A skillful blend of horror, science fiction and family drama…Pyper is a masterful plotter, even though his true interest is characterization…Might be Pyper’s best book.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“A master at pace…while the narrative is in full throttle, the impulse is simply to keep the pages turning fast enough to kick up sparks.”
— Quill & Quire
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 all 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.
“Part macabre family drama, part chilling dystopian nightmare, The Homecoming is the kind of story that could only spring from the darkest imagination. Pyper is a master of the artful thriller, and Belfountain, the mysterious mansion at the centre of this terrifying novel, might be one of the most eerily realized hellscapes ever. The last page is a jaw-dropper.” – Lisa Gabriele, bestselling author of The Winters
“Pyper has the unique ability to write beautiful, relaxing sentences which, two hours later, have me sleeping with all the lights on and jumping every time the dog barks. The Homecoming is both heartwarming yet utterly terrifying. There’s no doubt that Pyper is a genuine craftsman of our time.” – Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret
“The Homecoming begins as a story about a family thrown together in the strangest of circumstances. From there, Pyper uses deft plotting to bring readers through twisty turns and dark woods to an ending that’s both surprising and exactly right. Pyper is a gifted storyteller with a penchant for the super creepy, and with The Homecoming he’s at his very best.” – Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Water and Still Mine