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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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.

©2013 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Patricia
  • Boynton Beach, Fl, United States
  • 10-28-13

Just Loved It

Would you consider the audio edition of Human Remains to be better than the print version?

On of the best! The suspense kept me listening for hours! Only had the audio version.

What did you like best about this story?

Annabell and her determination

What does Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone brought depth to the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Strange and good

Really weird but good story quite twisty narrated was very good and made the story enjoyable . No more words needed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J Reminder
  • Valparaiso, IN United States
  • 03-09-15

Intriguing Story...Enjoyable List

Elizabeth Raynes creates an intriguing story surrounding about how easy it is to withdraw from society and how vulnerable that makes us. Narrator did a good job creating a distinction between the two main storytellers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • karin
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 01-22-15

Not sure !

I think the narrator was one problem with this book and the story line was so so , I don't think I would recommend this book .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • gbi24
  • Aurora, CO United States
  • 08-01-14

Fantastic!

Would you listen to Human Remains again? Why?

Yes absolutely! I was in such a hurry to get to the end that I would want to listen again in case I missed any details.

What other book might you compare Human Remains to and why?

This was a one of a kind for me, I haven't come across anything quite like it. I don't want to give anything away, but wow things I have never thought of before and I watch a lot of crime stories on TV and listen to a lot of crime/mystery stories. I really enjoyed the originality!

What does Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sincere emotions and personality.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me gasp in shock and cover my mouth once I realized what was going on. And I might have yelled at the main character a few times...

Any additional comments?

LOVED IT!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awfully grim - but unquestionably unique

I liked it -- sort of. There were parts that made me cringe, other parts that made me see things in a way I hadn't before, parts where I felt so sorry for people with apparently empty lives, like some of the minor characters in the book. How very sad that there are people who suffer such loneliness and emptiness -- and I'm not even sure what the "cure" might be. One thing occurred often as I was listening: if someone who had recently suffered the loss of someone they loved, this would be a very poor choice of book. It's very raw -- both subject matter and as written. It could certainly prove painful, especially for the more vulnerable among us.

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Confusing, not recommended

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one.

Has Human Remains turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Cass’s performances?

Not sure.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No!

Any additional comments?

Confusing, no chapter numbers, character and storyline all over the place and get not get my interest. I will be more aware in the future. What a disappointment after listening to a great book, "Remember Me This Way." That one was the best!

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Interesting but not compelling

After reading Into the Darkest Corner, I really wanted to read more from Elizabeth Haynes. While this story was interesting and explored a section of the population often ignored in media - single women older than their 20s,there just didn't seem to be much character development or much suspense. Where Into the Darkest Corner had my heart pounding in my throat, I was not very moved by this story. Annabelle was likable, but her story as the lonely spinster was too predictable and she never really seemed to develop the confidence you'd expect. It was a story with significant potential but ultimately flaccid performance. The narrator was superb.

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Excellent suspense thriller.

Loved having the perspective of both the victims & the psychopath. The characters were well fleshed out and the book moved at a good clip. It was edgy and different. The narrator was great as well. It's not often that I give a book 5 stars across the board, but this one deserved it. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre.