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Product Details

  • Series: Niceville Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1St Edition edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307700968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307700964
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Attorney Kate Kavanaugh and her husband, Nick, a cop, decide to take in Rainey Teague. Rainey had been missing for over a year, until he was found in a crypt. His parents committed suicide shortly thereafter, and the troubled young man needs a home. All of this relates somehow to a magic mirror that harkens back to some nightmarish history. Kate’s brother-in-law is terrorizing his family, and her sister, Beth, finally leaves him, taking their kids and moving in with Kate and Nick, too. Meanwhile, Beth’s husband has been implicated in a bank robbery during which several police officers have been killed, but while being transported, he escapes. Then there’s the group of Chinese spies who have died in a plane crash. All these complications are nothing, though, compared to the paranormal, creepy things going on in this small, southern town. 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. --Stacy Alesi

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“An addictive small-town terror symphony masquerading as a beach read. . . . Stroud writes with a dry with and a conversational snap.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
The Homecoming is classic southern noir crossed with a bit of Dean Koontz, and Stroud doesn't let the supernatural overpower the plot.  Simply terrific.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
“Stroud works with the precision of a watchmaker. . . Snappy dialogue is the rocket fuel that propels this swift-moving book. . . The high-speed chase that roars onto the page a fourth of the way into the story [is] a beautifully set-up, thrilling scene. . . and it holds up against anything Hollywood can offer for summer entertainment. Besides, can you immerse yourself in a Hollywood blockbuster while sunning on the beach?” —Doug Childers, The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Stroud’s tight plotting and colorful characters bounce between hard-boiled crime drama and suspenseful, creepy supernatural thriller. . . . The Homecoming is a breathless read with endless surprises and the solid writing of an author firmly in control of his craft.” —Rob LeFebvre, Shelf Awareness

“A genre-bending, page-turning, suspenseful read that is impossible to put down or to forget.” —Booklist
 
“A rich, realistic supernatural thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

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Story line is fast paced well written.
janice glick
Just finished reading The Homecoming, the second book in Carsten Stroud's Niceville trilogy and I am bummed.
J. Stroh
I read the first one and I still spent time back tracking with this book.
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The Niceville Trilogy (at the time of this review, the third book is still to come) tells a highly unusual mystery/thriller/supernatural fantasy story--and has a lot of humor thrown in. I am simply in awe of Carsten Stroud's writing and storytelling skills, that he's able to pull this complicated thing off.

THE HOMECOMING starts right where NICEVILLE left off, immediately after Morgan Littlebasket's flight to Talullah's Wall. The book is definitely NOT a standalone, so readers new to the trilogy should start with NICEVILLE--which lays the groundwork for THE HOMECOMING's supernatural happenings across time, and for the further developments regarding the evil that dwells in Crater Sink. In THE HOMECOMING, Stroud does a superb job of weaving in plot reminders from NICEVILLE, so that readers who have read the first book won't have to go back and consult it.

THE HOMECOMING is mostly about Rainey, the orphaned "Crypt Kid"; and Byron Deitz, the abusive husband and father who is married to the sister of CID Detective Nick Kavanaugh's wife Kate. Throughout the novel, Nick carries on with the investigation of the First Third bank job in Gracie, which left four cops and two news reporters dead from a sniper's bullets. Kate's family connection to Glynis Ruelle's mirror and work farm is explained. And the thing that the Cherokees knew as the "Eater of Souls" becomes even stronger than before, posing a threat to Nick and Kate that will no doubt be explored in the third and final book.

THE HOMECOMING tells a much darker story than NICEVILLE (if you can imagine that). However, I loved this second book almost as much as I loved the first one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Murray VINE VOICE on May 27, 2013
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Carsten Stroud's "The Homecoming" (Knopf 2013) is the second in the "Niceville" trilogy. It picks up where "Niceville" left off, with our hero Nick Kavanaugh, called in when a flock of crows brings down a private jet of Chinese nationals by mucking up their engines. Nick is already knee deep in a dozen other police problems (many carried over from the first novel), including the disappearance of his father-in-law, several mysterious deaths, and a bank robbery no one can solve. To add to the confusion, his wife Kate is guardian for a ten-year-old orphaned boy who comes to live with them--and brings with him a whole new set of ghosts, voices, and personal agendas. As Nick wades through the clues, the only thread he can find to explain everything that has happened is supernatural forces preying on his quiet sun-dappled community.

Let me stop here: I don't ordinarily go for paranormal, and before "Niceville", Carsten Stroud didn't write that type of book. I got interested in Stroud through his military novels--"Cuba Strait" and "Cobraville"--so was excited to find a new novel by him. He didn't so much change genres as create a new sub-category of 'paranormal thriller'. If I were interested in that genre, there's no one better to write it than Stroud. He has a light-hearted approach ("Speaking of painful, he was aware of Deitz looming at his shoulder, smelling lemony fresh" and "In short, from the ground up, he looked pretty damn good, like a designer refrigerator or like one of those retired NFL linebackers who get jobs as halftime commentators on Fox and CBS--hyper-snazzy in a vaguely alarming way"), a down-to-earth believability even of the unbelievable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sires on February 8, 2014
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The first book is Niceville, which I listened to recently with the interest that I gave to early Stephen King. I understand that this is a change of genre for the author who I had not read before, but I'm hoping that he is inspired to write more of these mystery/horror novels. (I'm not going to insult the trilogy by using a wimpy word like paranormal). His since of place is excellent and I think his description of action is probably carried over from his military books.

Niceville itself is a very spooky southern town where the unexpected should be expected. The Homecoming takes up where Niceville leaves off. There are two airplane crashes under unusual circumstances that needed investigating. Meanwhile other characters carried over from Niceville continue to work out the story lines-- I'm trying not to give any spoilers to readers who have not read Niceville-- seriously, go read it, you will not get the full effect without having read it first.

Creepy, dark and fascinating, I am madly looking forward to the third book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on August 11, 2013
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I did have some difficulty reading this which I probably wouldn't have had if I had read the first in the trilogy first. Be that as it may, this is a spellbinding and often chilling read. I was able to thoroughly enjoy it in spite of not having read the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Countess Chocula on October 14, 2014
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The Homecoming picks up exactly where Niceville picks up (you really should read Niceville first). I’m… slightly confused by this wacky series so far. It’s a little bit thriller, a little bit police procedural and a little bit paranormal/horror weirdness. It would make a great television series on Netflix or HBO.

Stroud has got a twisty, twisted mind. Fortunately, if you can’t remember the first book, he offers some backstory mixed into this book; it also helped me find my way because I admit, part of the time I got lost, it’s been a while since I read Niceville. Nick Kavanaugh is investigating the downing of a jet carrying Chinese nationals while dealing with all sorts of other problems at work and home. His wife Kate brought Rainey Teague (the boy who’d disappeared in Niceville) home, who in turn brought home a host of ghosts and more. Things get really crazy for poor Nick as he also attempts to solve the mystery of the jets and a bank robbery that his brother in law seems to be involved with.

I loved all the pieces of the story and the characters, just like I did in Niceville but thrown together sometimes they were way too much. It didn’t help that Stroud got a little disorganized at times and went off on a tangent, dropping the story he was telling to talk about something totally unrelated for a little bit, then picking up where he left off. Honestly, I’m an attentive reader but I found myself drifting more than once.

This is really imaginative and I want to read the third book (The Reckoning, supposed to be out this fall) but I hope it’s more organized than this one.
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