Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

Jan 23, 2014

Book Review: Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

Book Summary:
Human Remains is a chilling, masterful thriller by New York Timesbestselling author Elizabeth Haynes that explores our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are—and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.

Annabel, a police analyst, is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door. And she’s appalled to think that no one noticed her absence.

Back at work, she sets out on her own to investigate, and finds that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

A hymn to all the lonely and compelling characters that haunt our lives, Human Remains is a deeply disturbing and powerful novel of suspense 

My thoughts:
It's been awhile since I've read a good thriller, so when I discovered I won this book through First Reads on Goodreads, I was super excited!!

Elizabeth Haynes tells a great story, that's disturbing at the same time. The book itself is slow moving, but there's enough to keep you interested, and eventually it hooks you.

I love that the book alternates between the main characters Annabel and Colin. It also tells the stories of the victims, and it turns out there are many of them. Annabel is a police analyst and Colin is a loner who is creepy as all get out. People are dying left and right from what looks like natural causes, but there is much more than meets the eye. Annabel and Colin eventually meet, the story takes more twists and turns, and eventually everything falls into place.

The ending is edge of your seat, and the book is very good overall. If you like a good thriller, then this book is for you!

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. Ok, I can't wait to read this book! I will have to do it when my husband is home from work because I can tell it's going to scare me to death! Yeah, I can't wait to read it. I love suspenseful thrillers! It reminds me of another good book I recently read called, "Chasing A Miracle" by author Eliot Hartford Bailey. It too is a thriller that will keep you reading until the very last page! It is the first book in a trilogy that will only get stronger as it progresses.

  2. OMG, I have almost finished Girl on the Train; downloaded Baby Girl to my Kindle and entered the contest for that to give to a friend if I win!! and now I will get Human Remains.... so happy!!! I love love Thrillers! and Robyn - ty.. I will have to look up Chasing A Miracle now too!


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