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.
PRAISE FOR YOU CAME BACK
“There aren’t a lot of novels that can make you weep at their insights about love and loss while also keeping you up till 2 a.m., turning pages in a cold sweat.” —slate.com
“[Coake’s] first novel is a wrenching journey through the human heart. You Came Back isn’t a book to start the night before a workday. It reads like a suspense novel and will keep you turning pages longer than is good for you. Afterward, it will leave you lying in bed in the dark, contemplating its surfeit of pain and beauty.”
—Book Page (Top Pick for June)
“A captivating page-turner that examines the mechanics of loss and the seductions of belief, this novel, with its combination of tragedy and hope, has an irresistible appeal, offering quite a ride while still delivering a cold dose of reality.”
“When I finished the last page of Christopher’s Coake’s amazing new novel, I set the book down with a sense of wonder. YOU CAME BACK will stay with me forever. What an incredible writer.”
— Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and I’m Looking Through You