Perfect Remains

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2019
12 hours 34 minutes
‘Must read!’

‘I love, love, LOVE Perfect Remains!’ Reader review

‘A superb debut!’ Reader review

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.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.
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Meggy R.

Nothing says ‘Welcome to Scotland’ better than the Perfect series by Helen Fields. In fact, it is also the darkest door to your nightmares! I have been a huge fan of the series for some time now, catching up with the books so quickly I needed a fix. This is why I said ‘I do!’ when I was asked if I would marry Helen Fields listen to the re-recorded version of Perfect Remains. I remember reading the series stirred in me so many emotions. Repulsion. You will not be investigating people dying of old age here. The killers are nasty, they have intent, they have means, they have blood on their hands. You will hardly find more captivating bad guys. Curiosity. Why? How? WHY??? HOW??? Here, the plots are never far-fetched. They stretch the possibilities so most regular brains have a difficult time to process the horrors laid at their feet. The reality that someone could actually do this is horrendous. But the truth is here, and used with brio to give the monsters under the bed a face. Fondness. The main characters, Luc Callanach and Ava Turner, make this series special in many ways. I can’t tell you anything here as I am trying to be as vague as possible, but let’s say they make a good team, despite their flaws, past, and personalities! Addiction. Helen Fields turns words into a drug I can’t get enough of. Every single time. Talking about words being addictive… What about this audiobook! Meggy, you are supposed to review the audiobook!!! Alright! Perfect Remains. Doesn’t this title give you goose bumps? No rip-off here, the author clearly states you’re going to find body parts!!! And Perfect? Oh, chilling! If the words on paper had such an impact on me that I had to rush to get all the available books, this recorded version punched me in the stomach. In a good way. If there is a good way to be punched there. Or anywhere. Oh my goodness! What did I just listen to??? A respected and intelligent woman’s remains are found, with barely enough to identify her. But hey, don’t we live in a world of forensics and such? Except the awfulness lies in the fact said woman, Elaine Buxton, is actually alive somewhere, at the hands of one of my favourite monsters. I loved to hate him. I believe my urge to get him behind bars, or killed, was as strong as his demoniac behaviour. Robin Laing, who narrates this book, has done a fantastic job. I was stuck with Elaine. I was living this night terror by her side. I heard her scream! And if you think it ends here, you are wrong! Brace yourself for a treacherous ride with many protagonists to root for, some to roll your eyes at, and so much action and psychology you won’t be able to do the dishes while listening to the book!!!! I recall some particularly grisly scenes listened to in the Tube, and I see myself looking at people around with a grimace on my face, ready to jump out of the coach and throw up! You need a good stomach to handle whatever Helen Fields throws your way. Meeting the characters, well not in the flesh, but in the voice, was a weird experience for me. You see, in my head, they have faces, voices, the whole set. So, when I heard Luc’s French accent, I laughed really hard. Not because the narrator was overdoing it. He actually did a good job with all the Frenchness. No, I was laughing because the imagine and sounds of my imagination clashed with what I was hearing. Yet, it only took a couple of minutes for me to whisk and stir and mix everything so I could reunite all the elements to get my full picture of the characters again. Perfect Remains is my favourite crime fiction audiobook. I knew the story. I knew the people living it. But my ears went through everything as if it was the first time. I felt I was enjoying a new book, within the comforting settings of Helen Fields brilliant creations. Listening to this first book in the Callanach series made me fall in love all over again. I embraced the darkness, the humour, the big plots, the subplots, the details. Thank you to Robin Laing for giving me the priceless experience of rediscovering my favourite Scottish crime fiction series.

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Cynthia P.

Love Helen Fields books green plots and I love the characters. She manages to great a good balance can’t wait to hear the next

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Heleen W.

Very good book, keeps your attention from start to finish.

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Inishowen Cailin

I loved this book. It's dark, twisty, full of suspense and it's set in Scotland! There is a little hint of romance between a couple of the characters so it will be interesting to read the next book and see where things go. The narration was excellent. I loved the accents and the male and female voices were performed really well. I was hooked after listening to the first few minutes of this book so I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Lisa D.

Great read

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