Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

Title: Human Remains

Author: Elizabeth Haynes

First Published: 1st January 2013

Publisher: Text Publishing

Blurb:

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).

Review:

‘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

What is to come?

So I have been absent for a while, and my last post did not give much away. However, here is what should be appearing in the next couple of weeks!

Reviews:

       

       

       

Other:

I will be doing an update on my TBR challenges, also I will update you on my book buying ban….which is going better than I thought it would! I am quite impressed with myself!

I hope you look forward to these posts, and that you forgive me for my absence, but sometimes uni has to be a priority (unfortunately).

Blethering Books 🙂

February TBR

My February TBR looks a bit like this:

Finish both books that I started in January:

         

And three other books I hope to at least start (and hopefully finish)!

          
Click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page! What are you planning to read in February?

January Wrap Up

This is my first ever wrap up post, and as I said at the beginning of the year this is going to be a new feature to my blog!

I have read 5 books in January, however, I am behind on getting my reviews up – multiple reasons. However, I am not going to go into my excuses, just watch out for the reviews going up soon (hopefully)!

The Iron Queen By Julie Kagawa

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

Ten Little Aliens By Stephen Cole

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry

I have also started two books in January which I have yet to finish. These are:

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

So I managed to read two of the books on my January TBR, and start the two other books that were on my list. Plus I managed to read 3 that were not on my January TBR…not too bad a start to 2014….

As always, click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page, if the title has a link, it is to my blog post for that novel.

Please leave comments to let me know what you think of about my blog, the books I am reading, or anything book related!

Happy Reading!

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?