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The Remains [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Zandri
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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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…

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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073I2QHM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, THE CONCRETE PEARL, MOONLIGHT RISES, SCREAM CATCHER, BLUE MOONLIGHT, MURDER BY MOONLIGHT, THE GUILTY, MOONLIGHT SONATA, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, FULL MOONLIGHT, THE SHROUD KEY, and more. He is also the author of the Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of publishers include Delacorte, Dell, StoneHouse Ink, StoneGate Ink, and Thomas & Mercer. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated, or soon to be translated, into many languages including the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for Living Ready, RT, Globalspec, inTravel Magazine, as well as several other global news agencies and publications, Zandri lives in New York and Florence, Italy. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The remains 26 July 2013
By susieQ
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Sorry but this book never really took off in terms of suspense and the ending was pretty poor. Didn't make any real connection to the characters so didn't care enough about them.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start which tailed off 27 Oct. 2012
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I started off by really enjoying this book. The author knows how to entice the reader, and how to keep them in suspense, and wanting to read on. Unfortunately by the time you get to the end, you feel let down after the very clever, frightening build-up.

En bref: twins Rebecca and Molly were both subjected to a horrific ordeal when they were very young. Fast-forward thirty years, and Molly is dead of cancer. Rebecca, an art teacher, begins to get strange messages, and one of her students paints her pictures which bring back traumatic memories for her. Sudddenly she needs to confront her past, for the sake of her future.

I enjoyed this book until I got the climax, whereby it all felt rather rushed; as if the author had forgotten about it, left it simmering on the stove, and then ran back to find it boiling over. I also felt there was a rather clumsy 'red herring' towards the end and was relieved that this turned out to not go the way I thought it would (trying very hard not to give it away as I hate spoilers in reviews!), but the ending in general felt quite formulaic and forced. Which is a shame because I liked the characters and the relationships drawn between them. I would read another by this author, but I do hope that the ending is given as much time as the beginning and middle, as those sections are very well crafted.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Painting by numbers. 16 July 2012
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This is a fairly pacey thriller, with an interesting plot premise, but it didn't quite live up to its promise.
I won't bother you with a story synopsis - others here have already provided one and the introduction in the product description above is enough to get you started.
I didn't find the principal character, artist/teacher Rebecca, to be anything more than a stereotype - the job description is just window dressing to get the reader into the art school where the story kicks off. The autistic savant painter Franny and his enigmatic output is the useful device upon which hangs the plot proposition, which is an ingenious idea as far as it goes, but the early notions of "extrasensory perception" or "messages beyond the grave" - mooted at, presumably because Rebecca and Molly were twins - is half-witted nonsense that Zandri wisely doesn't push too much - it would have been better left out altogether, as it weakens the heroine's credibility. Back in the real world - so to speak, the first part of the story labelled "The City" builds up a nicely constructed psychological tension; the second part "The Woods", is where it all unravels into predictability and disbelief. You'll tumble to the bad guy early on; this character is the main source of the disappointment I found with the novel.
If you've read many thrillers you will no doubt have encountered the "prisoner on parole" who somehow has a lot of time on his hands, considerable unexplained resources and amazing ability to get around quickly and seemingly at will; give him an annoying catch-phrase to repeat and you have yet another clichéd character - the biggest trap the author could have walked into - and he does so with both feet.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious but didn't grab me 2 Sept. 2012
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This is a fast paced thriller, Rebecca senses the presence of her dead identical twin, Molly, when she receives text messages from an unknown number. Thirty years ago the twins had been captured by a man in the woods, but had never told anyone. Rebecca is having vivid nightmares about these events when autistic savant Franny gifts her a picture that seems to depict the very same nightmares.

The premise to this creepy tale is good but I didn't feel anything for Rebecca despite the graphic descriptions of the terror she felt, I just couldn't connect. This story rattles along, it is certainly creepy however, I was slightly turned off by the notion that Molly would contact her sister from beyond the grave, but as paranormal happenings are not my thing, this may appeal to many other readers.

I can imagine this is a good book to read on a cold dark night and if, unlike me, you identify more with Rebecca, it may well give you a good scare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different 13 Sept. 2012
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A fast and intense thriller that spans thirty years. Twins Molly and Rebecca were abducted when they were children, now three decades later their tormenter is being released from prison...

I thought this was a well planned, and very atmospheric suspense novel. It had me hooked from the prologue all the way to the last page, with plenty of apprehension and anxiety in between!

Whalen was a very unnerving character. The way he stalks and taunts Rebbeca throughout the book created a slow burning tension, that will keep you turning those pages as quickly as you can!

The author described the feelings of Rebbeca very well, I felt that her vulnerability and helplessness from the trauma in her childhood was very realistic, and endeared me to her straight away. It was almost as if her fear and emotions, had frozen at the time of her abduction, and she still felt like a powerless child. It was great to see her emotional transition as the book went on, and how she became empowered to fight back and take control of her situation.

I also found the character of Franny very interesting, and he added a different facet to the story. I have never read a book that has a character with Autism before, and I found it very informative to see the different traits that Franny shows, and how they impacted certain aspects of the story. His gifts and insights made this story so unusual, and it easily stands out from the normal thrillers, which can at times seem cold and unemotional.

Really enjoyable, I'll be looking out for other books by Vincent Zandri.
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