Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Audio Blog Tour for Perfect Remains by Helen Fields and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Sanjana from Avon for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Avon Fiction for the audio review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thrillers
Release date: 26 01 2017
Price*: Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.75 (GBP)
Kindle $2.99 (USD)/ Paperback $10.18 (USD)
Pages: ~ 416
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: That I would never be able to read a book with different accents.
Description of the book: 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 person 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.
How this book made me feel: Let’s start with a little confession. When this book was out, I requested it on Netgalley and got declined. 😦 Since then I was kind of keeping a grudge against this series. 😀 But oh well, that’s in the past. 😀 I am kind of happy now because I had the chance to listen to it and that was an incredible experience that I would never have achieved while reading it.
The protagonist of this story was Luc, a french ex-Interpol detective, that was transferred to Edinburgh. I really, really liked this guy, he is intelligent and kind to the people who are nice to him. I really liked his managerial skills, he knew how to deal with other colleagues, and I respect him for that. This story is told from multiple perspectives, but my most favourite ones were of the killer. I like reading their perspectives, and what kind of insanity drives them to do what they do. The book was narrated by Robin Laing, and he has done an incredible job! I would never read a book in accents, and his use of French and Scottish accents sounded amazing! Just like listening to a play, just close your eyes and you can actually “see” what is going on. 🙂
The plot of this book was well developed, and I enjoyed this story very much. I liked the balance between different characters and their events as well as all the absorbing stories the author had to offer. This book has to offer more than one investigation, and it did make this novel richer and more compelling. However, I do think that Luc could’ve been better with his investigation. I wanted him to be sharper and concentrate more on his investigation rather than babysitting his colleagues and dwelling on his inner thoughts. This novel has a wide variety of topics discussed such as mental health, mental abuse, self-worthiness, underage pregnancies, friendships and relationships, and many more.
The setting of the book keeps constantly changing, depending on the characters, and the mood of this book feels quite gloomy and depressing. I think it is due to unhappy characters and a lot of violence. Yes, this book has very detailed and violent deaths and made me shudder on a couple occasions. I did like the writing style of this book as well, I enjoyed the way the author allowed me to connect to the characters, that made this book even more enjoyable and personal. I liked the ending of this novel, I think the author rounded up this story very nicely.
So, to conclude, it is a great psychological thriller, filled with riveting characters as well as very layered numerous plots, that truly absorbed me. I strongly recommend to try the audiobook, the narrator was an absolute gem, and I do not know how I will be able to read the other books in the series without the accents. (I can’t do accents 😦 ) I hope you will give this series a go, and I hope you will enjoy it. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: A former barrister, Helen now writes a Scottish set crime series – D.I.Callanach and D.I. Ava Turner. Her debut novel Perfect Remains and the second in the series Perfect Prey are Amazon best sellers. Her next book ‘Perfect Death’ is due out on 25 January 2018. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, and lives with her husband and three children.
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