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Friday, August 23, 2013

Human Remains: A Novel by Elizabeth Haynes

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes returns with a disturbing and powerful tale that preys on our darkest fears.

Police analyst Annabel wouldn’t describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman’s absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues’ lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people whose individual voices haunt its pages, Human Remains shows how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.

my thoughts:

OMG!  What the hell did I just read?  Human Remains has to be one of the most disturbing books that I have ever read.  It is creepy, dark, twisted, and completely riveting!  There are rotting corpses, sad and lonely people, NLP (a kind of hypnosis technique it seems to me), an obscene amount of wanking (seriously, did we have to keep reading about it - yuck!!), death, murder, necrophilia (sort of), and tons of suspense.  This was quite an unsettling read.  And yet, I could not help but stay up until 3am just so I could finish reading this book. It horrified me and haunted my dreams.  Human Remains was definitely an unforgettable read.

Elizabeth Haynes has once again written another spellbinding book exploring the darker aspects of human nature.  This time round she focuses on the dead.  Specifically, the dead bodies that are discovered by police after someone calls in about an unpleasant odor, or because they've recently noticed their neighbor hasn't been seen in awhile.  Its sad really, to think about these people left all alone to die without anyone knowing what is happening to them.  Its only by chance that their corpses get discovered, which makes the whole situation even sadder.  Natural causes is usually the cause of death, so no mention is ever really made about these found bodies.  Except that in Haynes' gripping story, natural causes is not the reason behind the deaths of the bodies being discovered.  And that is all I'm going to say about the book.  I don't want to ruin anything for you, so I'm going to leave you to read the novel for yourself.  I'm just going to mention that the book is a thrilling read that will have you on the edge of your seat; its filled with fascinating characters that will make you cry and make you cringe; and the whole idea of someone being able to manipulate people so easily and horrifically is terrifying!  Its been days and I still can't shake this book from my mind - its that good and scary!  Check it out - you won't be disappointed!!

In case you want to find out what everyone is saying about this book, head on over to the TLC Book Tour page for: Human Remains
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

4 comments:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

*shudder* This one sounds CREEPY for sure. I'm glad to see it was a such a page turner!

Thanks for being on the tour.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Heather, it was creepy! Thanks for having me on the tour :)

Meredith said...

Oh, no! How can this be more troubling than The Never List on which I couldn't get past page 30?

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Bellezza, it really is a lot darker in such a different way. Be forewarned!