Human Remains


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Edelweiss- thanks to Harper Paperbacks


How well do you know your neighbours? Would you notice if they lived or died?

Police analyst Annabel wouldn t describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time when she s on her own. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbour s decomposing body in the house next door, and appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence.

Back at work she sets out to investigate, despite her police officer colleagues lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own home town.

A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people, whose individual voices haunt the pages, Elizabeth Haynes new novel is a deeply disturbing and powerful thriller that preys on our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.


Every now and then I like to read a thriller. Elizabeth Haynes knows how to write a great thriller and this is one of her darkest yet. The subject matter is incredibly dark and it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.

I did enjoy reading Human Remains, but as the title suggests it’s quite a tough read and the descriptions of decompositions are really quite disgusting. Some of the passages made me feel sick they were so descriptive! Elizabeth Haynes certainly took a risk in writing a book like this.

Human Remains is an interesting and quite unique story about a predator who thinks he can kill without risk, due to the method he uses. The story includes many people which can sometimes get a bit confusing. Its main focus though is on Annabel the quiet police analyst who suspects what is happening to a lot of human remains is incredibly unusual. A lot of the characters are incredibly serious, so Human Remains doesn’t have any respite from a dark, harrowing tale.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy Human Remains as much as Elizabeth’s debut novel Into The Darkest Corner, but I did enjoy it enough to still be intrigued by whatever she writes next. She doesn’t shy away from tough subjects and her writing is incredibly easy to read.


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