The Remains by Vincent Zandri
This is an amazing suspenseful thriller about a young woman being haunted by her past and the man who abducted her and her twin sister thirty years ago. The twins never told anyone about what happened to them for fear that the man would harm their parents, and now he’s back in the surviving twin’s life.
It’s been thirty years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house in upstate New York. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret.
Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, and alone since Molly died of cancer, suddenly begins getting strange and anonymous text messages—the first with just her name. Is Molly trying to communicate with her? Not possible, thinks Rebecca, who’s never believed in God or an afterlife.
And it couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was imprisoned for a similar crime at about that same time. Surely he’d still be in jail or dead by now—wouldn’t he?
But things get stranger. Rebecca’s art student Francis, an autistic savant, gives her a series of paintings he’s done. Rebecca, with increasing dread, realizes the sequence of scenes depicted in the paintings match the nightmares she’s had every night since the horrific ordeal three decades earlier. How could Franny know? Is it a ghostly warning of some kind?
Unnerved, Rebecca spills the whole frightening account of the abduction to her ex-husband and friend, Michael, who, dismayed by the story, vows to help sort out the mysterious texts and disturbing series of paintings.
What happens next is a frightening rollercoaster ride that builds up to a soul-shattering climax that will leave the reader checking the locks on their doors and windows…
About Vincent Zandri:
Vincent Zandri, traveler, adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photojournalist, is the international best-selling author of The Innocent, Godchild, Moonlight Falls, Concrete Pearl, Scream Catcher, as well as the digital shorts Pathological and Moonlight Mafia.
Harlan Coben has described his work as “gritty, fast-paced, lyrical, and haunting,” while the New York Post calls it “sensational…masterful…brilliant!” In March, April, and May of 2011, he sold more than a hundred thousand Kindle ebook editions of his novels.
In September 2011, he signed a major deal with Thomas and Mercer of Amazon for the publication of his new novel, Murder by Moonlight, and the republication of several of his backlist titles. An MFA in writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri has had his work translated into Dutch, Russian, and Japanese. He lives in New York, spending several months in Florence, Italy, each year writing.
Review by A. Pohren:
The Remains by Vincent Zandri is an amazing suspense-filled nightmare that does not let the reader out of it’s grasps until the final word is read.
Just the cover of The Remains sends chills throughout my body and makes my fingers itch to grab it and delve in. Once I did begin to read, I was instantly hooked and found it very difficult to put down. I have read several thrillers and suspense stories and have to honestly say that this is one of the best that I have read. I was taken by surprise repeatedly, throughout the story and I loved that. The twists and turns were phenomenal and truly kept me racing from page to page.
The Remains is the story of Rebecca Underhill who has held a deep dark secret within her soul for thirty years. After the death of her parents and beloved twin sister, she has struggled to piece together some semblance of a life. Teaching art helps to fill some of the gaps left behind the loss of her loved ones and a divorce. However when one of her autistic students, who she grew up with, begins to paint troubling and telling paintings, Molly’s life is turned upside down. It is not long before she realizes that the nightmare that she through lived, so long ago, is about to resurrect itself and will not let her go until she is finally dead.
A truly horrific and action packed story, The Remains made me shudder in apprehision, my skin crawl in revulsion and my heart break with pain. This is a story that truly has it all and will embrace readers within it’s cover and hurtle them into Molly’s life and tragic nightmare
Review by Christine Plaisted:
This is one of those books that once you pick it up, you won’t put it down. From the very beginning of the story, The Remains has a hold of you and won’t let go. This is an amazing suspenseful thriller about a young woman being haunted by her past and the man who abducted her and her twin sister thirty years ago. The twins never told anyone about what happened to them for fear that the man would harm their parents, and now he’s back in the surviving twin’s life.
If this had been a movie I would have been watching it with my hand around my mouth ready to be pushed above my eyes to hide. I loved it! It was like a roller coaster. I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but I do love reading suspense and mysteries, and this was the best of both. The characters were easy to understand and like. The storyline wasn’t the same old suspense and it kept me guessing. This is definitely a good read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, thrillers and mysteries. Not inappropriate for older teenagers, but mature readers only. I think my oldest son, who is 16, would like to read this book, but it might be a little too much for my younger son, who is 14. Not really a book that is specific for girls even though the main character is a woman. However it would be good for women to read because she handles herself and her situation really well.