Human Remains, the latest novel from crime-writing sensation Elizabeth Haynes, is a powerful and chilling thriller that preys on our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching. How well do you know your neighbour? How well do they know you? Would they notice if you lived or died?
Police Analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time.
But when Annabel discovers her neighbours decomposing body in the house next door, she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence.
Back at work, she is compelled to investigate, despite her colleagues' lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her home town. People, of all ages, all dying of natural causes. Seemingly. All forgotten. But for Annabel.
As Annabel is drawn deeper into the mystery, she comes face to face with her own demons and her own mortality. Would anyone notice if she just disappeared?
About the Author
Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.
She currently works as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Kent with her husband and son.
'A thriller star on the rise.' * Courier-Mail *
'It's hard to put the uniqueness of Elizabeth Haynes' writing into words. Her stories grip you by the throat and force you to acknowledge that this is what real crime and real horror look and feel like, as well as real love, hope, fear. Suddenly, much of the other crime fiction you've read seems, in comparison, rather like stories made up by writers. Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time.' -- Sophie Hannah
'Haynes is a cross between horror author Stephen King and crime fictions' Peter James. I reckon we will see a lot more of her.' * Herald on Sunday *
'Haynes invites us to consider the fabric of contemporary society and how well it cares for its forlorn and elderly...[A] fine crime novel.' * Saturday Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times *
'A well-drawn drama of horrors...It is a creepy, if clever, read...Verdict: close to home.' * Courier Mail / Daily Telegraph *
'This gritty British thriller paints an all-too realistic portrait of isolation in society and the frightening consequences it can lead to. Sad, disturbing, and very hard to put down.' * Woman's Day *
'Nicely written and well-paced.' * Weekend Herald NZ *
'Thought-provoking and creepy.' * Otago Daily Times *