The Remains

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It’s been thirty years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret.

Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, suddenly begins getting mysterious text messages. Is Molly — long lost to cancer — trying to communicate?

It couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was ...

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It’s been thirty years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret.

Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, suddenly begins getting mysterious text messages. Is Molly — long lost to cancer — trying to communicate?

It couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was imprisoned for a similar crime at about that same time. Surely he’d still be in jail or dead by now — wouldn’t he?

When one of Rebecca’s art students — an autistic savant — gives her a series of paintings, Rebecca realizes the paintings’ scenes match the nightmares she’s had every night since the horrific ordeal three decades earlier.

Escape into a pulse-pounding story that poses the question:

What if you were forced to relive the most horrifying moment of your life?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469204512
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent Zandri, traveler, adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photojournalist, is the international best-selling author of The Innocent, Godchild, Moonlight Falls, Concrete Pearl, Scream Catcher, as well as the digital shorts Pathological and Moonlight Mafia. An MFA in writing graduate of Vermont College, he lives in New York.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    This is a MUST read!

    Vincent Zandri has got to be one of the greatest authors when it comes to writing mainstream AWESOME, riveting suspense. I had the pleasure of reviewing his suspense novel, Moonlight Falls, and really enjoyed his work with that one. Now, Zandri is back and better than ever with this new novel, The Remains. It's captivating, page turning, and roller coaster emotional!

    The Remains has a well thought out and researched plot with gripping characters. Rebecca's character was FANTASTIC. Of course, you can't go wrong with a character named Molly either ;-)! Rebecca's personality, her struggles with being abducted 30 years ago, her fear, all her thoughts....I felt as though it was so real that I was becoming the character in the book. The story gripped me THAT much. And dear Franny...bless his heart. He added depth to character as an artistic autistic savant who can tap into the spirits to help warn Rebecca of circumstances. VERY interesting!

    But, above all the characters, the thing that hooked me most, was the thrill of reading a suspense novel that good. It felt like I was watching a movie every time I opened the book. I would gasp when the characters gasped, I would fear when they feared, all of those things that come with a fabulous suspense novel or movie. I literally lost some sleep over this novel. I just HAD to push through to the next page. My heart sped up at each new twist at the end of the chapters. At every turn in the plot I found my self further on the edge of my seat with a white knuckled grip. Wowsers! That kind of blood pumping, thrilling suspense is THE best!

    Vincent Zandri's books are wonderful for all readers, from young adult to older adult. It's got all the thrills of Hitchcock and Christie with some mysteriousness of King mixed in, but best of all, while it's blood pumping, hold your breath captivating, it's a clean cut novel. There aren't any sex scenes or language. That's why I will continue to go back and read Zandri's novels. He writes 5 star worthy books that can be read by ANYONE! Less than 5 stars for this novel would be unjust. I am highly recommend this novel to EVERYONE-mystery lovers, Stephen King lovers, Hitchcock or Christie lovers and just plain book lovers! It's one that is NOT to be missed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

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    Destined to be a classic

    I don't throw around the word "Hitchcockian" a lot, because I think it's overused and cliche. But if any book I've read deserves it, it's this one. The atmosphere Zandri creates from the get-go is pitch perfect. The characters are believable and the mystery is gripping to say the least.

    What struck me the most was the originality of the plot. An autistic savant starts painting pictures of a crime committed 30 years. It turns out his art teacher was the victim. What's going on here? I'm not revealing anything. You need to read this book.

    Zandri has said his works are based on real people, even so much that the real names are used until the final round of editing. It makes me wonder what his creepy evil twin looks like. I wonder if his name is...Harry Balls? (see his "Down Low Dead" collaboration for that little inside joke)

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    You'll never want to put it down

    I just received my copy of The Remains yesterday and I just couldn't put it down. I read over half the book in one sitting. Thank God I'm home sick from work because I seriously can't stop reading and I didn't stop reading until 2am this morning. Definately "A Must" read. now I can't wait for my copy of Moonlight Falls to come. After starting this book I went right back to the website and ordered another Vincent Zandri book. Thank you Vincent for writing such a masterpiece! Well done! You have a new fan in me.

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    Masterpiece on Suspense

    It has been a while since last time I read such a good suspense book. My wife even said that this must be a excellent book to keep me reading till late in the night for three consecutive nights!

    The plot is captivating: Two twin sisters were abducted in the woods behind their farm when they were twelve years old, and they decided not to tell anyone about that, to protect their parents. The abductor was caught in a different scenario of abduction and rape of another woman six months later and condemned to thirty years in prison. The twins assumed that he would die in prison. Almost thirty years later the story is resumed and we learned that one of the twins (Molly) died of cancer ten years before, the parents also passed away and the other twin (Rebecca) started having nightmares related to what happened in the past. And things develops from there, with Rebecca receiving mysterious text messages in her cell phone, and an autist artist, friend of Rebecca try to send her signs in his paintings.

    This was the first book I read from this author, but I am looking forward on reading all the books he published so far. His style is very entertaining and we get so attached to the characters on the novel that we feel their pain and agony. Few books made me look behind my shoulder after I was done reading them. This is one of those. The short chapters are nice if you have to interrupt your reading for some reason. Also, it is an excellent scene breaker if this book ever makes into a Hollywood movie.

    This book was written by Vincent Zandri and it was published in 2010 by StoneHouse, Ink. and Pump Up Your Book was kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Virtual Book Tour Program. Thanks, Mr. Vincent Zandri!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    Not a favorite

    I almost hate to admit it because everybody seems to love this book, but i did not find it to be that great. I love to read a great suspense, but i had a hard time getting into this one. Everyone is etitled to their own opinions, and i do not think i will read anymore of his books.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Not To Be Missed

    Holy crap was this a good book! I was interested as soon as I saw twins were involved. I have twin sons and yes, there is a special bond there. You do not need to have twins to enjoy this book though. Vincent also happens to be one of my favorite names but again, one has nothing to do with the other! :)

    The Remains took off running from page one and never slowed down. I love how the chapters all had cliff hanger endings. Even if you wanted to stop reading you couldn't. You MUST see what happens when you turn the page!

    The story of the abduction is not all told at the beginning but all through the book. We know that Molly and Rebecca were abducted and held but a crazed man but we are not sure why until the book progresses. Molly later passes on from cancer but the 'twin bond' between her and Rebecca is not broken. Is Molly communicating from the other side?

    The relationship between Rebecca and her ex-husband, Michael was strange to me at first. It then turned very touching. My favorite scene with them was the bedroom scene and not for the reasons you think. Very much reminded me of my husband.

    Having an autistic savant play such a big role was refreshing and wonderful. Franny is totally lovable and a man I would be honored to have as a friend. Franny speaks to Rebecca through his paintings. Each day there is a new painting and a new message in it. How is it possible for him to know what happened so many years ago or what is going to happen in the near future? I enjoyed the interaction between Franny and Rebecca. It was easy to understand her frustration with his limited abilities to communicate answers to things she asked him.

    It wrapped up nicely, maybe not how I wanted it too but everything came together and made sense.

    Honestly? There is NOTHING in this book that I did not like! The Remains has to be one of the creepiest books I've read in awhile. I am a die-hard horror/thriller lover and few books cause me to look over my shoulder, this one did, more than once. Thank you Mr. Zandri, I am jumping at every noise and let's not even talk about not wanting to check my texts. This is one city girl who will never look at a spider web or a walk in the woods the same again.

    I am absolutely going to snatch up all of Vincent Zandri's books. He is an author not to be missed.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Scary Scary Scary!!! This book is a white knuckle read that will have you peeking over your shoulder over and over.

    This book is full of suspense, and the chapters are short which I like, but it made it so easy to say just a few more chapters and then I was half way through the book before I knew it.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller/suspence. Definitely worth the time spent reading.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    The Remains

    The Remains by Vincent Zandri is one of those books that starts out great and just keeps getting better,this was my first chance to read anything he has written, and I am now his newest fan! Rebecca Underhill and her twin sister Molly were only twelve years old when they were abducted and held hostage by a man whose house sat in the woods behind their house. After three horrendous hours they were able to escape. They decided to keep it a secret, because they wanted to protect their parents. Shortly after their abduction the attacker was apprehended for the abduction and attempted rape of another woman. Sentenced to thirty years in prison the girls just assumed he would die there. Fast forward thirty years, Molly died ten years earlier from cancer, and her parents died shortly thereafter, leaving Rebecca to carry the burden of her secret alone. Within a week of the thirtieth anniversary of the abduction Rebecca starts receiving strange text messages, and having dreams, flashbacks really of what happened all those years ago, and when an autistic artist tries to warn Rebecca by sending messages in the only way he knows how, will Rebecca continue to think that it is Molly trying to communicate with her, or will she finally realize that the man whom she thought had died is back!!! The author's writing skills has the story literally flowing off of the pages, drawing you into the life of the main characters so well that became totally immersed in whats was going on, I could actually feel the bond that Mr. Zandri brings to life between the sisters. I really enjoyed how he didn't give us the account of what actually happened to the sisters until late in the book, allowing the reader to jump to all sorts of conclusions. If your looking for a superbly written, fast paced psychological thriller,with a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat then you should buy this book. A word of warning, it's a book you won't be able to put down,and a story you will continue to think about long after you read the last page! Even though I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes it in no way alters my opinion of this book!

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    Gelati's Scoop

    I don't have an ereader so I had to borrow one from a friend of one of my daughters to read this. I had never held one before, let alone used one before this. I liked it. That's for another post though. The main focus of the post is to impart my enjoyment of Vincent Zandri's The Remains. If you follow Mr. Zandri at all you know he is not an overnight sensation as some have painted him with the success of this novel. He has The Remains at the top of the Kindle charts and I am sure it is going to enjoy a nice long stay there.
    We, my wife and I, have a set of identical twin girls, so this really grabbed my interest. The question in my mind was Zandri going to be able to crawl into the minds of these girls and be in touch with their "twinness". I have witnessed this phenomenon many times throughout the lives of my girls and it is a difficult thing to quantify let alone describe. Unless you are a twin how can someone describe that connection, those feelings, the looks they give each other, the silent communication? The Remains delivered on all counts and I was very pleased to have spent the time to have read this. The novel is hard to pigeon hole as to what one may call it, so I am going simply with kick%^&, and leave it at that. Making this bad boy a fright flick would be easy, fun and good.
    Do I think the novel is injured by coming out in e-version first before paper? No, not at all. My guess is that the publisher saw what they had and didn't want to sit on it any longer than they needed to. This novel contains great characters and depth, a brilliant storyline, and a hook that is original and gripping. Don't wait for paper to read this novel. Go outside yourself if you have to and read it on the computer, your cellphone or borrow an ereader like I did. This is a taunt read that has no comfort zone. This novel currently resides in the Amazon "Hot New Release" Top Ten and has a Hollywood scout shopping it around. Keep your fingers crossed.
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