Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CBR III Review #81: The Remains by Vincent Zandri

CBR III Review #81: The Remains by Vincent Zandri

First off, I want to start off by telling people about Lendle.me if you have a kindle or kindle app you can loan and borrow books from kindle users.  The books have to have been bought from Amazon to be able to lend it, but I have borrowed a few books now and it has been great!

Now on to the review.....

Rebecca Underhill and her twin sister went into the woods and were held against their will by a horrible man. They were only 13 years old.  They managed to escape 3 hours later, but the damage was all ready done.  Rebecca and Molly decided never to tell anyone what occurred. It's now 30 years later and Rebecca lost her sister Molly to cancer.  Both of her parents are dead and now strange and mysterious occurrences are starting to drag up the past.  Should she still keep this secret or ask someone for help?  The major question looming in The Remains is: Did someone find out about her traumatic ordeal or is the horrible man back 30 years later?

The Remains has a great set up but I really struggled with why Rebecca and Molly would keep their ordeal a secret.  Granted they were told multiple times not to go into the woods by their father, but I seriously doubt that would have been the part the father decided to dwell on.  This is a hard novel to review.  I really enjoyed the novel but there were a few plot points that just drove me crazy.  Her best friend and boss has something truly horrific occur to her, but it's not related to the main story or plot in ANY way.  I honestly have no idea why it was written into the novel other then to warn women off having "loose morals".

The flashbacks were well written and I like how we weren't given the entire back story in one info dump, but the incidents that were occurring in the present didn't come across as intimating or all that scary. I was more intrigued by the past story then the one occurring in the present, but the story was well written and I may pick up another novel by Zandri....I just haven't decided yet.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 1 edition (June 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSEN0I
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

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