Human Remains

Human Remains

by Elizabeth Haynes


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ISBN-13: 9780062276766
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 264,608
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, Dark Tide, Human Remains, and, most recently, Under a Silent Moon, the first installment of the Briarstone crime series.

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Human Remains 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I discovered Elizabeth Haynes last year when I devoured her debut thriller Into the Darkest Corner. Her latest book, Human Remains, is even better. "I should have turned away from the door. I should have gone back into my own house, and locked my door, and thought no more about it....I thought about going back to my kitchen and phoning the police. Looking back, that was exactly what I should have done." Two sentences from the opening chapter guaranteed to hook you right from the beginning. Human Remains is told in alternating chapters from the viewpoint of Annabel and Colin. Annabel works as a civilian police analyst for the Briarstone (England) Police Department, tracking patterns in criminal behaviour. When she discovers a badly decomposed body in her own neighbourhood with no sign of foul play she's curious and runs a report looking for other people who have died with no one noticing. And what she discovers makes her take notice - the current year has four times as many as the past years. And those are the reported ones. Colin, well, Colin is the one they're after. For those decomposing bodies hold a fascination for Colin. As his studies have progressed, Colin has begun helping things along. Oh boy, Colin is a seriously creepy and disturbed individual. His inner dialogue is downright frightening. Haynes has done a bang-up job creating her 'villain' this time around. I love the back and forth style. Although we know who the 'criminal' is, the tension ratchets up as his behaviour escalates. (But why did I italicize criminal you ask? The question arises - is Colin doing anything that he can be charged with? I know, but you have to read the book to see what a diabolical plot Haynes has come up with. Annabel's chapters are just as suspenseful. Will the higher ups in the department listen to her? And when Colin and Annabel's paths cross...... There is a third set of narratives - that of the deceased. I found these to be the pages I stopped at to think. Haynes gives a voice to her deceased and the questions that the living ask when such a discovery is made. How does a body go undiscovered for years? Why did no one notice? "You never realize what loneliness is until it creeps up on you - like a disease it is, something that happens to you gradually. I realized it had been years and years since anyone made eye contact with me. If people stop looking at you, do you cease to exist? Does it mean you're not a person anymore? Does it mean you're already dead?" Their stories just really made me think. The library I work at does serve some marginalized patrons. I've often thought that for some, we may be the only point of contact some days. In real life, there are many deaths that go unnoticed. One of the most reported 'undiscovered body stories' is that of Joyce Vincent in England. This is an excellent thriller - dark and disturbing. (Fair warning to gentle readers it's probably not for you). It was a five star page turner for me - devoured in one lazy vacation day. (And hey - say hi to your neighbour today...)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the first 2 novels, have no idea what happened was so disjointed, sad and convoluted that I do not intend to finish it
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings There are many reasons why a person could start feeling very lonely and start to avoid social interactions, but this book took these feelings and amplified them with a predator and a prey.  With an interesting twist by allowing the reader to read through the mind of the "killer", this book was set on a different level.  It didn't take me long to get the characters straight and quickly follow the investigation as they slowly figured out what all was going on in their community.  
denise66 More than 1 year ago
Loving the interesting way that this is set up. You hear from several people's views of what they are doing and several of those who have died are giving some information about themselves also. Annabel is an analyst good at seeing patters and she thinks there is a serial killer in her area after she finds her neighbor dead. She puts together that people with no relatives are dying in their own homes. Her mom dies and she becomes depressed and no one at work really notices her or is very friendly. Once her mom dies and she is out of it and trying to deal with everything makes her vulnerable to this killer but is he really a killer. He doesn't believe so just that he helps those who are going anyway he thinks. Annabel is rescued by reporter Sam who is her friend and the ending is really good though I don't want to give it away. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend!!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Human Remains is the third novel by former police intelligence analyst and author, Elizabeth Haynes. Searching for her missing cat, police intelligence analyst Annabel Hayer enters the abandoned house next to hers. She is shocked to find the decomposing body of her next-door-neighbour sitting in a lounge chair. Back at work, her interest piqued, she checks the data for similar cases, and is disturbed to note that the number has spiked in the last few months. Her superiors are only vaguely interested until someone rings The Briarstone Chronicle with a location for another body. And then it gets personal. Haynes uses two main narrators to tell her tale: Annabel gives the perspective of a potential victim as well as illustrating the role of a police analyst; from Colin, the reader gets the point of view of a predator who, almost convincingly, justifies his actions. The rest of the story comes from multiple narrators: the dead tell how they have arrived at the point of dying alone and undiscovered; their stories are prefaced by articles in The Briarstone Chronicle. Haynes gives the reader an original plot with an exciting climax and a female lead character who shows a hidden strength and tenacity. She also illustrates how easily a person can be reduced to despair, to hopelessness, to wanting to withdraw from the world, from life. She raises the issue of caring for neighbours versus interfering with the human right to decide one’s own fate. Yet another gripping page-turner from this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a fantastic read! I love this author's books!! Martha Byrd
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I love this author and this book. A must read
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