The Returned
Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep–flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight-years-old.
The beautifully simple imagery of an upside-down boy reveals how reality is flipped around when the dead come back to life. The calm scene, inverted, creates tension that can only be released by reading the book.
The Returned‘s cover was the largest cover co-ordination process for Harlequin MIRA yet. My concept has been chosen from over 30 cover design concepts submitted by designers from UK, Toronto and Australia.  I worked closely with Associated Creative Director Sandra Latini from concept to finish.

“After reading the first draft of the manuscript, I tried to put myself into Jacob’s shoes: how an eight-year-old boy feels and deals with the challenges of returning from the dead. The moment “the dead” start coming back to live, the life cycle has been inverted. The whole thing is against the cycle of nature. Everything is out of order. I imagine the Hargraves’ world is turned upside down. That’s how I came up with the concept of having a reversed image of Jacob, revisiting the place where he lost his life.”
 
**THE RETURNED has made the New York Times Bestseller's List in the first week of publication 
 
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Format: Hardcover
Creative Director: Margie Miller
Associated Creative Director: Sandra Latini
Designer: Fion Ngan
Photographer: George Simhoni
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THE RETURNED was optioned by Brad Pitt's production company Plan B in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It was retitled to go by Resurrection. The series will premiere Sunday, March 9, 2014. Check out the trailer here.
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