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Publisher's Summary

The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M. J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine's killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It's not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes.... The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

©2017 Helen Fields (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Anne
  • Elsternwick, Australia
  • 04-21-18

Couldn't come at the french accent

What did you like best about Perfect Remains? What did you like least?

The story was pretty good, but having a french accent in the middle of the scottish accents was jarring.

Would you be willing to try another book from Helen Fields? Why or why not?

Only if Luc drops the french accent.

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  • David Baumber
  • 01-27-17

Superbly written and performed

I loved this grizzly crime thriller which excited and horrified me in equal measure. The killer brilliantly imagined and the detective has a unique angle which was thoroughly entertaining. If you like thrillers such as The Fall and The Killing, you'll love this.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • 02-13-17

great listen

well written story. plot unfolded in stages loved the way the different characters intereacted. Hope there's more to come.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms. C. A. Y. Honiss
  • 05-18-17

Brillaint

Absolutely love it. Beautiful story written and wonderfully narrated. Each character has a distinctive voice, the narrator make this even better.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Lol
  • 02-02-17

Ello ello!!

A good story that kept me interested BUT the French detective inspector was turned in to inspector clouseau by the narrator or a character from allo allo the tv series. Found myself laughing when it was supposed to be a serious storyline .

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  • Anna
  • 04-29-17

Gave me nightmares

Perfect choice of narrator for this heart-stopping psychological thriller.

The characters are superbly written & you feel every twist of their journey.



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  • Ann
  • 02-16-17

an unpleasant read

I don't think I'm particularly squeamish when It comes to murder mysteries, but this was too
gratuitously nasty for me, mostly because it wasn't backed up by a decent story. At first I thought the detective was an interesting spin on the usual, but the story got so silly and his french accent so daft, and the violence so unnecessary, it made me feel quite grubby listening to it.

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  • Rebecca
  • 04-09-17

Great Story

Really enjoyed the narration to this story, the accents were very believable.
I would recommend this book highly.

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  • Pen Name
  • 04-08-17

gripping

absolutely loved it!
fantastic debut - can't wait for more.
so complex with unexpected twists
would make a terrific film

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  • Yorkshire Beanie
  • 03-26-17

Fantastically gripping

Keeps you gripped from the beginning with twists and turns, interesting side story giving each character life as the tale unfolds

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  • JPH
  • 02-11-18

Grizzly Thriller

This starts out to be quite a grizzly crime thriller, and continues in that vain. I found myself cringing quite a few times. The villain is very creepy and certainly not someone you'd want to meet on a dark night, or in broad daylight for that matter.

The protagonist, Luc Callanach an ex Interpol detective born in Scotland but raised in France from an early age has transferred to Edinburgh and is tasked with solving a missing person case that has escalated to Murder.

I have to say that I couldn't get used to the French accent which reminded me too much of 'allo allo'.

I also thought the history between Luc and Astrid and the subsequent later storyline a little too far fetched.

I'm not sure if I would listen to another DI Callanach thriller for a liitle while, but will probably come back to the series at a later date.

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