Perfect Remains by Helen Fields
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.
I knew, just from listening to Helen Fields, where she was at Aye Write with Daniel Cole and Chris Brookmyre that I was going to love her books. Readers of this blog will know that I am partial to an especially grizzly serial killer, and here Helen Fields has delivered in spades.
It was a real pleasure to be introduced to D.I. Luc Callanach, Police Scotland’s newest D.I. who has come to Edinburgh straight from Interpol and a bit of a troubled past.
It is not long before he is hurled into his first murder inquiry– to be quickly followed by another missing person where the MO seems to be very similar.
What’s especially interesting about this book (apart from a dark, sexy, troubled Frenchman) is that the reader knows from the beginning who the killer is, how he is doing what he does and why he is so far getting away with it.
This book turns investigation on its head as we have all the answers and we are judging Luc and his colleagues on the strength of their investigative techniques and their ability to follow through on the smallest of clues.
No gory details are missed here in spelling out the killer’s methodology, so this one is not for the faint of heart, but I did like the strength of the women in this book, from Ava, his fellow and extremely capable D.I., to the women whom the killer seeks out.
Very well plotted, with good multiple storylines, this was an addictive book that I read from start to finish over 2 days, it was so compelling.
I understand there’s a second book due out in July – I’m off to sign up for it now.
Perfect Remains was published by Avon on 26 January 2017 (and is on kindle today for only 99p)