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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Coake Narrator: Scott Holst Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 doesn’t 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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moving without being mawkish…Coake’s descriptions are fresh and searing, and his considered, well-paced writing has the ability to draw from the reader a painful, arresting empathy.”

    Observer (London)

  • “This novel exposes the raw nerve endings of love, life, and death and will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.”

    Irish Examiner (Cork)

  • “Coake teases out the ways that people can be faithful—not only to spouses, but to the past, the future, and themselves.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A captivating page-turner that examines the mechanics of loss and the seductions of belief, this novel, with is combination of tragedy and hope, has an irresistible appeal, offering quite a ride while still delivering a cold dose of reality.”

    Library Journal

  • “In a gripping and sorrowful narrative, Coake explores the toll of grief, the value of loyalty, and the nature of belief.”


  • “[A] potent story, balancing supernatural gloom and marital conflict.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “When I finished the last page of Christopher Coake’s amazing new novel, I set the book down with a sense of wonder. There’s a ghost in this story, to be sure, but this remarkable author is less concerned with the supernatural than with the all-too-too real specters that haunt us all—the ghosts of our former selves, the ghosts of the lives we might have lived had just a few things turned out differently. 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

  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book
  • A BookPage Top Pick, June 2012
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Barb | 2/17/2014

    " 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 for the worst of the bad. Thankfully I took one for the team and saved them the hours they would have lost reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna | 2/14/2014

    " Started off good, got a little long-winded towards the middle, and (at least for me) ended on a most unsatisfactory note (maybe because by then, I'd grown weary of the decreasingly sympathetic characters). I did, however, keep reading, so I guess that's saying something... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian | 2/7/2014

    " This book made me very sleepy. The premise showed promise: a divorced couple get contacted by a woman who says she sees the ghost of their deceased son. The husband doesn't believe in ghosts and is engaged to Someone new. I made it about 200 pages and realized almost nothing had happened. It was unbearably slow moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stacy | 1/31/2014

    " I want to give this one a 2.5. I really liked it for maybe the first half, and then it just went in a direction that I didn't like at all. "

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