Book Review: Reviver – Seth Patrick

reviverTitle: Reviver
Author: Seth Patrick
ISBN: 9781250021700
Pages: 416
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Jonah Miller is a Reviver, a person who can bring back the dead for a short amount of time, and he uses his skills to help difficult police investigations. Though the world once thought Revivals were a hoax, it has quickly become an accepted practice, one both law enforcement officials and families have come to rely on. Jonah is one of the top Revivers in the country, and when he witnesses something strange during a Revival, everyone thinks it's merely a symptom of being overworked. But when Daniel Harker, the journalist who exposed Revivals to the world, disappears, Jonah begins to believe there's more going on than he suspected.


Reviver is a unique novel with an interesting twist: the ability to bring back the dead. Revivals are limited, though; there are specific conditions that must be met, and even then, there's no guarantee a Reviver will be able to bring back a corpse. Patrick develops the mythology and story behind Revivals incredibly well; it's clear he put a lot of effort into making the novel as realistic as possible, and it shows on very page. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves into Jonah's world and understanding the advantages–and costs–that come with his skills.

Jonah is a very well developed character in Reviver. He has a lot of integrity and takes his job seriously; he shows tremendous respect to both the dead people he revives and their families, and it's great to see. It serves to endear the reader to him quickly. This moral character extends to every area of Jonah's life, in ways that can be frustrating. Above all, he's incredibly realistic; his greatest failing is that he expects too much of those around him. It's wonderful to get to know him, as he leaps off of every single page.

The story of Reviver is intriguing from the very first page. Patrick writes the premise very well, but he takes his time to get the story going. He makes sure the reader understands the mechanics and history behind Revivals, as well as gets to know Jonah before the action starts. The threads of the overall plotline appear at the beginning though, so the story builds. It's wonderfully done, allowing character, plot, and history to be developed in equal measure, ensuring one does not overshadow the others.

If you're looking for an exciting novel that presents something different than a normal read, try Reviver. It's accessible enough that any mystery lover will enjoy it, yet the paranormal threads that run through it are fascinating. This is a novel that you'll want to stay up late into the night reading, so make sure you have some time when you start reading it.

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