The Remains

The Remains

by Vincent Zandri

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ISBN-13: 9781612183459
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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Remains 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
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!
Benjamin_Sobieck More than 1 year ago
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)
Albany_Michelle More than 1 year ago
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.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
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!
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I knew just looking at the cover of this book that it would be creepy so would someone please explain to me why I would decide to pick it up after the sun had gone down?I raced through this book. Once I'd started there was no going back (and thankfully it's short enough to handle in one setting). While the plot was a bit predictable and there were some editing bloops the main story had enough "thriller" in it to keep me interested and biting at my nails (although not in the same way Michael bites his).One aspect of the book that was great was the holding off and leaving it to our imagination that Zandri does with Rebecca and Molly's story. Instead of getting everything laid out in front of you he builds the story up and that alone will keep you turning the pages.Now, I am going to see if I can manage sleep tonight. One thing is certain - I'll be turning off my cell phone before I try!
marcejewels on LibraryThing 5 months ago
From my blogAnother author for me that can throw a punch, a scary punch that is. This story makes you pay attention, you don't want to miss anything and you just want to keep reading until the end. The book has very short chapters so you don't realise how much you have actually read. Imagine being abducted as a child and 30 years later feeling like you are being stalked and realise it might just be from the man you thought had died. I loved how VincentZ had Rebecca in the present while also having blow by blow memories of the horrific past, that dynamic was a great way to tell this story. At times you couldn't tell if she was paranoid, having a nightmare or actually living, experiencing the horror. I felt like I was reading a horror and in my head heard Beethoven's dark classical music, dun dun dun dun!!!!
CMash on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Remains by Vincent ZandriPublisher StoneHouse Ink ISBN 0982770502 ISBN 13: 9780982770504At the request of Pump Up Your Book, an EBook edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (borrowed from PUYB): Thirty years ago, teenager Rebecca Underhill and her twin sister Molly were abducted by a man who lived in a house in the woods behind their upstate New York farm. They were held inside that house for three horrifying hours, until making their daring escape. Vowing to keep their terrifying experience a secret in order to protect their mother and father, the girls tried to put the past behind them. And when their attacker was hunted down by police and sent to prison, they believed he was as good as dead. Now, it¿s 30 years later, and with Molly having passed away from cancer, Rebecca, a painter and art teacher, is left alone to bear the burden of a secret that has only gotten heavier and more painful with each passing year. But when Rebecca begins receiving some strange anonymous text messages, she begins to realize that the monster who attacked her all those years ago is not dead after all. He¿s back, and this time, he wants to do more than just haunt her. He wants her dead. My Thoughts and Opinion: Zandri delivers again!!!! If you follow my blog, you know that I became a fan of Vincent Zandri after reading Moonlight Falls. He has been a frequent visitor here as "Guest Author" for his books and one Sunday was here "Live". I have to be honest, I was a bit skeptical reading The Remains, afraid that it would not be as good as, or better than Moonlight Falls. I was wrong!!! I will be very vague as to the story line so as not to include spoilers. This was the kind of book that I call a "one more chapter" read. Short chapters and so gripping that you have to read "just one more chapter" and then you realize it is 10 chapters later. The chapters alternate between Rebecca's present life and then to her past and back to the present. The characters were life like including the autistic savant artist. Mr. Zandri's writing style is brilliant and because of that, this reader became so engrossed in the plot that I was transported to Albany, where the story takes place, and not aware of what was going on around me. The story pulled me in from the first few pages and didn't let go until the last word. It was a bone chilling read!!! This talented author takes the reader on a heart pounding suspenseful ride as the story follows Rebecca in the present and just when you remember to breathe, he catapults you to her past. The unfolding progress of the plot is written at a crescendo pace, from the first word to the last. This book is a nail biting, white knuckle, spine chilling, page turning thriller. Do I suggest that you read this book? Not only do I say that YOU HAVE to read this book but also recommend this be the next book you read!!! Fantastic!!! Sensational!!! Excellent!!! Vincent Zandri hits this one out of the park!!!!!! My Rating: 5+
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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!
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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!
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love a good thriller. You know what I mean -- the kind you can't put down. The ones where you keep saying "Just one more chapter . . ." while the the bath overflows, the roast cooks to stone, the sun sinks lower and lower, and the moon starts to rise. And the next day at work you're all bleary eyed and bored -- but the killer has been caught, the heroine is safe, and all is right with the world again. My problem is that as I've gotten older and more experienced, it's harder to find stories that provide that old "thrill." In an effort to hold readers' interests, some authors keep upping the ante by divising increasingly gory, sadistic, and ridiculously complex tortures for their victims to suffer. I say, Give me a break! When I read a thriller, I want a good, believable story -- a protagonist who is intelligent but nonetheless vulnerable; a villian who is cleverly malicious but not maniacally insane. I like a story that I think could actually happen. What I want is a good cat and mouse game where the mouse ultimately bells the cat.I found such a story with THE REMAINS by Vincent Zandri. There may not be much in the story description that sets it apart from run-of-the-mill thrillers, but it is solidly written with interesting and plausible characters and a story line that kept me flipping through the pages late into the night. I liked Rebecca, the heroine, and found her backstory to be fascinating and believable. As a young teenager, she and her twin sister were abused and traumatized when they were trapped in an isolated and abandoned house for several hours by a serial killer. Thirty years later, her twin has passed away from cancer, her marriage has failed, and her career as an artist is flatlining. The girls never told anyone about their ordeal and so Rebecca still suffers the reprecussions of that terrifying experience, making her all the more vulnerable. When she begins receiving mysterious text messages, Rebecca finally begins to connect with her ex-husband in a way she never could while they were married. She also receives help and support from her childhood neighbors, an artistic savant, Francis, and his mother. Turns out that Francis knows more about the danger Rebecca is facing than he's able to verbalize. With Francis, Zandri has created a fascinating and sympathetic portrait of an autistic adult. I totally enjoyed THE REMAINS and plan to read more of Mr. Zandri's novels. Of course, I fully expected Rebecca to survive, but wondering who else would make it out alive -- and how -- kept me completely focused to the last page. If you like a good thriller, THE REMAINS is a highly entertaining read. Just start it early on a day you have nothing else to do - you won't get anything else done anyway!
roses7184 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I can sum up my thoughts on this book in three very simple words. Masterful. Suspenseful. Amazing. Before I found this book on Pump Up Your Book Promotions, I had never heard of Vincent Zandri or his other popular books. Can I please say that I am so glad that this has been remedied? From the moment I turned on my Nook and read the first page of The Remains, I was hooked. Completely and utterly committed to finishing this entire book in one sitting no matter what else was going on around me. So, that's exactly what I did! The Remains is the epitome of the mystery/suspense genre. The story flows beautifully, stringing the reader along with a mixture of past memories and current events combined. I know that in my mind sometimes this can be distracting, but Zandri accomplishes it with such ease. I was never confused, yet always attempting to anticipate what would happen next. Also, Rebecca Underhill is such a well written protagonist that I had an instant connection with her. Her love for her sister Molly, her confusing relationship with her ex-husband, her utter love for art, all of this created a character that I absolutely loved. When the story started to pick up pace, and Rebecca found herself in danger, I felt myself flinch more than once at the predicaments she was put into. Zandri is an expert at writing scenes that literally buzz with the suspense contained within them. A few times, I will admit, I audibly gasped at what happened on the page in front of me. This in turn caused me to flip as quickly as I could to the next page. What I'm trying to explain here, likely in too many words, is that "page-turner" doesn't even begin to do this book any justice. Lest I ramble on, I'll simply end with saying that this book is one of my new favorites. I know that I will be buying a bound copy of this book as well so that I can share it around my bibliophile group of friends. If you are a reader of mysteries, a lover of suspense, this is definitely a book for you! Go ahead, give it a read
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MamaCas More than 1 year ago
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.
Kay2001 More than 1 year ago
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.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
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.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
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!
GiovanniG More than 1 year ago
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. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and also look for our posts on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and the Bucks County Library System. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati's Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com