Book Review: Perfect Remains by Helen Fields

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DI Luc Callanach
Helen Fields
Mystery, thriller
Avon Books UK
January 26-th, 2017

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.

How well do you know the people around you, people that you work with, people that you live next door? If you don’t see the violence, how do you know it is not there?

One woman never noticed the man that noticed her. Now she lays on a bed in a basement, tied, with a broken jaw, tortured. All she wants is the death to come to save her from the suffering from a man who once seemed so harmless.

One man has it enough to feel worthless. He is God! He has all the power of a great man! But she doesn’t notice him! She treats him like a garbage, like someone totally worthless. Now she has to pay for it. She will notice him now!

A murdering scene has been discovered by the police. But there is no dead body. Just burned bones, teeth and some piece of clothes. There isn’t enough evidence to connect the remains to a name. The killer must have thought of everything. No dead body, no DNA, no nothing. Perfect remains! But, wait! There is little DNA left! Maybe the killer didn’t think of every detail? The DNA matches a missing woman. Her remains can be buried and her soul can finally rest.

DI Luc Callanach works on the case. Transferred from Lyon, France, he tries to earn the respect of his new colleagues. His colleague Ava is the only one friendly enough. Together, they work on the case of the perfect remains of the missing woman.

But what if the woman is alive????

Laying toothless and beaten, tied to a bed, prisoner of a psychopath. No one is looking for her anymore, she is officially dead. She has no hope, just the mercy of her captor. Can she survive or the death is the only salvation from the hands of a wicked mind?

WOW! My first and only word for a while after finishing the last page was just “WOW”! From the very beginning, this book has literally blown me away! It starts with the creepiest scene of all, just to take you on a journey that will leave you sleepless at night. Grippy, nail-biting, with the eternal question: “What will happen next?”. Freaking story from the beginning to the end. Freaking awesome story! You have hard-core criminal mind on one side and quiet Luc and spontaneous Ava on the other side. Perfect equilibrium!

I really liked the fact that Ms.Fields has chosen a French guy as the main character. Luc Callanach is half Scotish half French and uses lots of French words, especially when he swears. But if anything about adding a non-English character reminds you of Hercules Poirot, you are very wrong. There isn’t even slightest similarity. Callanach is hot, sexy, quiet and smart with a suitcase full of secrets from his past that are haunting his future. And he has to face them in order to move on.

Perfect Remains is the grippiest read that I’ve read lately. Fast-pacing, with scenes that will make the hair on your neck stand. An addictive read, I couldn’t put it down until the last page. And  I would definitely like to see more Luc-Ava moments in the future. Totally recommended!


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