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Perfect Remains

A DI Callanach Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Robin Laing
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

"Must read!" (Closer)

"I love, love, LOVE Perfect Remains!" (Reader review)

"A superb debut!" (Reader review)

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.

©2019 Helen Fields (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Must read! With nail-biting twists at every turn, [Perfect Remains] will have readers gripped from start to finish." (Closer)

"Read it in two sittings. I literally had no choice. A fast and enthralling thriller, pitting a new, very human hero against one of the scariest psychos I've yet encountered in crime fiction." (Sunday Times best seller Paul Finch)

"Without doubt, this is one of the best first detective series I have read." (Woman’s Way Magazine)

"Genuinely chilling." (Saga Magazine)

"Watch out Rebus, McRae and Perez there’s a new detective in the running to become Scotland’s fictional top cop…a real cracker of a page-turner that is truly difficult to put down." (Scotland Correspondent)

"[An] absolute corker of a debut crime novel… a brilliantly plotted start to what I hope will be a long series." (The Herald)

"A smashing debut novel." (Fife Free Press)

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Excellent listening

Quite a gripping listen and voices were very good by narrator... will be definitely purchasing rest of series. strongly recommend this book.

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  • 10-12-19

Hamfisted with a clunky agenda

This is detective writing at its most unoriginal. Fields often fails to conceive of plausible elements of intrigue so she substitutes violence in a childish attempt to engage the emotions of the reader. The plot is unnecessarily convoluted and towards the end it is so drawn out it becomes annoying. All the protagonists are predictably gorgeous, intelligent, monied and with ridiculous backstories. I was quite chuckling with disbelief at some of the content on more than one occasion.

The various subplots are smashed together without subtlety and when one of them is a predictable swipe at the Catholic Church’s attitudes to abortion with all the attendant stereotypes: abusive nuns, rapist priests (you get the idea) the writer’s motives are exposed as being rather childish and hypocritical. How can Fields accuse the Catholic Church of pushing a subjective agenda when she’s so obviously doing exactly the same herself? It shows how unreflective a writer she must be.

Clearly she has a large and appreciative audience, suffice it to say, I will not be one of them.

The narrator is excellent and the only reason I listened to the end.

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  • 30-12-19

All around great.

I found this author during the recent sale. It was a very good story and I liked the characters. There is some mystery regarding the backstory of the lead and I look forward to hearing more about him. I've already purchased the rest of the books in the series since they were on sale. I have high hopes for this author!

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  • 22-12-19

Good Story

The story was good but the narration was distracting. Flat and unemotional when needed. Accent good

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  • 20-12-19

A great disappointment

I'm always in search of new police procedurals with well-developed characters, an interesting plotline, and a great ending. This is none of the above. The characters are wooden and not very good at their jobs. Far too much minute descriptions of torture and we're asked to believe that strong, accomplished, and resourceful women become helpless pawns. I don't ever want to read this author again.