Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

Title: Human Remains

Author: Elizabeth Haynes

First Published: 1st January 2013

Publisher: Text Publishing


When Annabel, a police analyst, discovers her neighbour’s decomposing body in the house next door, she’s appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed that anything was wrong.

Back at work, she feels compelled to investigate, despite her colleagues’ lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are common – too common – in her home town. As she’s drawn deeper into the mystery and becomes convinced she’s on the trail of a killer, she also must face her own demons and her own mortality. Would anyone notice if she just disappeared? (From Goodreads, 12th May 2014).


‘Human Remains’ was a book I really wanted to enjoy, but unfortunately Elizabeth Haynes just didn’t manage to capture the suspense, the creepiness and the terror I felt she managed to capture in ‘Into the Darkest Corner’.

Any readers who fell in love with ‘Into the Darkest Corner’, and I know there are many of us, I cannot suggest you read ‘Human Remains’. ‘Human Remains’ is a very unique idea which is why I kept reading, and why I cannot be too harsh. I must credit Elizabeth Haynes for her ideas as they are fantastic, however, the spark of her first book has faded for me. These sparks emerged near the end of the novel but I really had to push myself to get there, but the ending was worth it. The drama I know Elizabeth Haynes is able to produce reemerged. But it was too little too late for me.

I feel like I am being harsh, but I am being truthful. We find a decomposing body near the beginning of the novel, but more and more begin to be found. But why is this happening? Why does no one notice their neighbors disappearance. Have we reached that point in society where we will not be missed. The theme and the questions posed by this novel are intriguing and are fascinating to think about, and I can imagine that they would be good talking points for book clubs.

So in summary, this is an interesting novel, with fantastic ideas just not pulled off in the most gripping of fashions.

2.5 out of 5

January TBR

I don’t normally give myself TBR (To Be Read) lists, I just go with the flow. However, I have decided this year to be more organised with my reading to help improve my blog and regularity of blog posts.

So I will be doing monthly TBR posts, and at the end of the month I will do a review of that months reading, and other bookish things.

So what do I plan to read in January?

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

Okay so I am only putting four books on my list, but may manage to read a wee bit more than four. However, I want to keep my TBR lists manageable.  So has anyone read these books? What did you think? What do you think of my January TBR?

Into the Darkest Corner By Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes debut novel and a fantastic one at that! Switching between the past and present of Catherine’s life. In the past she is outgoing, wearing beautiful party dresses, drinking, and flirtatious. Now she is living with severe OCD and can barely function. Spending most evenings checking and rechecking her doors and windows.

Both times have love interests. Lee, a bouncer, undercover police officer and general hard man. And Stuart her new neighbor, is understanding and helps Catherine beginning the road to recovery and a step back into a social life.

As the novel progresses we get a real insight to why Catherine has developed OCD and that the facade which Lee had fooled everyone.

A psychological thriller which demonstrates true understanding and sound research into the subject matter. You will not be able to put it down!

A fantastic novel and a excellent debut.

Revenge of the Tide By Elizabeth Haynes

Revenge of the Tide is Elizabeth Haynes second novel and came out in the UK in March 2012. Genevieve Shipley is living on a boat, she is renovating it like her father and herself had always imagined. However things get a bit suspicious when Genevieve finds a body next to her barge. Like Elizabeth Haynes first novel – Into the Darkness – time shifts between the present and Genevieve’s past. Unlike Into the Darkness there is no indication when you are moving from past to present and vice-versa. This doesn’t however cause that much problem once you get into the book, you quickly notice the shift. There is many questions that arise but all come nicely together by the end of the novel. Why is she living on a boat? Why dose she lie to the police? What is in the package that she is hiding? What did she get herself into when she worked in London at the Barcleys – a strip/pole dancing club.

I loved this novel. It was paced well and kept spinning in new questions while not neglecting to answer previous ones. Elizabeth Haynes style of switching between past and present interests me and helps you understand why her present character is as it is. I would class this as a light thriller and would recommend it, more so to females than males.