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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: June 2012 ISBN: 9781611134582
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “[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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Livesimpleread | 1/27/2014

    " I was Mark Fife in this book. Could not read it fast enough. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/13/2014

    " Haunting and sad novel about a man who is finally coming to terms with his son's death... Until he is told that maybe his son isn't entirely gone. A sad but engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary Carter | 1/12/2014

    " Wish it could have had about a 100 pages shaved away... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/9/2014

    " It was a good story. The characters were shallow at times and immature but overall, I enjoyed it. I would gladly read another book by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 12/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I liked the suspense and family drama this book had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/26/2013

    " Although the geographic familiarity brought back fond memories, the thematic proximity perhaps left me too close to the plot to evaluate it effectively. I was left wanting at the end, but of course, so were the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 10/28/2013

    " Just loved it! Does anyone know if there will be a sequel? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 9/27/2013

    " It's hard to review this book without spoilers, so be warned - mild ones ahead. As a mom, it was a hard topic to read about, and I found myself hoping for a different outcome, simply because I know I would want what this mother wanted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lisa | 7/28/2013

    " I think I thought it would be more like Stephen King and it wasn't. However, I enjoyed the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/11/2013

    " Started out strong, got a little too loose and meandering in the middle but had a satisfying finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 VegasGal | 4/29/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the characters, and the premise behind it all, despite it being sad and depressing. It did drag along a few times, but that didn't hinder my overall enjoyment because the good writing managed to hold my attention through the slow parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseann | 3/9/2013

    " What begins as a ghost story turns into more of a study of loss and what we will do to get what we have lost back. A gripping tale which made me think what would I do if I lost a child and might be able to get them back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/4/2013

    " creepy. kept me turning the pages, but I was disappointed in the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 11/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I generally stay away from supernatural or sci-fi types so reading a ghost story was a change of pace for me. I thought the characters were well done, plot was great and it kept my interest all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chery | 8/27/2012

    " A wonderfully written exploration of the ties of love between parents and children, and how that love can overshadow the beliefs and certainties we hold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 8/12/2012

    " Not exactly what I expected. As Mark moves on from the loss of his child and marriage, events conspire to prohibit him from moving forward happily. Ending is different that how I thought it would end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly Matteson | 8/2/2012

    " Story is set in Columbus (my hometown) and I know the author's family. I always enjoy that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/5/2012

    " Sad and hard to not relate to all the characters in the story- well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 6/27/2012

    " This book was awesome! It's about the possibility of a couple's dead child coming back as a ghost because he wants them to get back together. Also about a medium who may or may not be on the up and up. This author knows how to write!! "

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About the Author
Christopher Coake is the author of WE'RE IN TROUBLE, which was chosen for the PEN/Bingham Award of 2005. In addition, Coake was among "Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2" in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He now lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.
About the Narrator

Scott Holst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an acting emphasis from San Diego State University. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1996 and has focused exclusively on voice-over work. A versatile voice-over actor, Scott was featured in the Warner Brothers animated film The Ant Bully. He has also been featured in many radio and television commercials. His video game and interactive work includes voicing Eugene for Whacked! and Senel Coolidge in Tales of Legendia. His narration work includes parts in The Million Dollar Challenge for the Discovery Channel and the audiobook Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.