Rachel Harrison is a writer from New York and The Return is her debut novel. Her story begins as Elise’s friend Julie goes missing during a hike in Acadia National Park, Elise doesn’t worry. Julie is willful and tempestuous and has been so ever since college. But weeks turn into months, and though Elise and other close friends mourn at Julie’s funeral, Elise who has always been closest to Julie, feels deep down that she can’t really be gone. Two years later, Julie reemerges from the woods, emaciated, with no memory of where she’s been.