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Human Remains is a chilling, masterful thriller by New York Times bestselling 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 from Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner.
I picked up this book from the local dollar store, yes seriously! I remember I was going through the various books that were on its shelves. I always check, but I seldomly find a book that I am legitimately interested in. I read the back of this book and decided that for a dollar it was worth my time. This was probably a year ago though and I still haven’t read it!
The synopsis of this book totally sucked me into it. I cannot imagine discovering the body of a neighbor and wondering what happened to them. Also as a social worker, it played into that social commentary about life side of my brain that I tap into sometimes in my reading. It discusses that no one noticed the neighbors absence and that it seems to happen a lot in the town, but this seems to me also to be a bit about our lives as humans. How we can ignore each other to a point that we don’t really pay attention to the absence of someone that we have seen every single day. This is intriguing to me and makes me want to read this book, but also I want to read it because it is being touted as a thriller. There has to be more to this story about a deceased neighbor and a community that does not notice members dying. Is the town that oblivious? Is there a serial killer that is getting rid of the invisible people in society? All these questions I have about this one book. It makes we want to devour this book and makes me remember why it is sitting on my shelves to get around to reading eventually. I purchased it for a reason. Glad I remember why now!