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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Helen Fields (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Must read! With nail-biting twists at every turn, [Perfect Remains] will have readers gripped from start to finish." (Closer)

"Read it in two sittings. I literally had no choice. A fast and enthralling thriller, pitting a new, very human hero against one of the scariest psychos I've yet encountered in crime fiction." (Sunday Times best seller Paul Finch)

"Without doubt, this is one of the best first detective series I have read." (Woman’s Way Magazine)

"Genuinely chilling." (Saga Magazine)

"Watch out Rebus, McRae and Perez there’s a new detective in the running to become Scotland’s fictional top cop…a real cracker of a page-turner that is truly difficult to put down." (Scotland Correspondent)

"[An] absolute corker of a debut crime novel… a brilliantly plotted start to what I hope will be a long series." (The Herald)

"A smashing debut novel." (Fife Free Press)

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A great disappointment

I'm always in search of new police procedurals with well-developed characters, an interesting plotline, and a great ending. This is none of the above. The characters are wooden and not very good at their jobs. Far too much minute descriptions of torture and we're asked to believe that strong, accomplished, and resourceful women become helpless pawns. I don't ever want to read this author again.

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Another Series to Dive Into!

If you are a fan of Scottish or English police procedural, then Helen Fields and her DI Luc Callanach will provide the thrills you seek! Exceptional writing and narration create enthralling characters and a story that moves quickly. Highly recommended.

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All around great.

I found this author during the recent sale. It was a very good story and I liked the characters. There is some mystery regarding the backstory of the lead and I look forward to hearing more about him. I've already purchased the rest of the books in the series since they were on sale. I have high hopes for this author!

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A perfect thrilling audiobook!

Helen Fields, thank you for creating wonderful characters and a tense, smart, darkly imaginative thriller that I found nearly impossible to put down. The story is masterfully performed by Robin Laing, an incredible reader and accomplished actor who brings each character to life in the most believable way and never makes women’s voices sound nasally or false the way many male readers do. I am now a fan of both Fields and Laing and am ready for more! So grateful to have found this audiobook.





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Good Story

The story was good but the narration was distracting. Flat and unemotional when needed. Accent good

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This made my skin crawl. So disgusting !

I got through chapter 4 and I couldn't listen to the deranged character torture some anymore. The main character doesn't have a single redeeming quality as of chapter 4.

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A start....

This is a great start to enjoying a new (to me) series!!!
Can't wait to listen to more!!!

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Great story but narrator kept losing me.

This is well-written police-procedural. The characters have depth and I’d like to hear more about them. My issue was the narrator whose pitch varied way too much. Each sentence trailed off to an almost whisper and I missed a lot of what he was saying. I listen while I run or walk and can’t keep adjusting the volume so it was very frustrating. I enjoyed the story but I’m not sure I’ll get the next in the series.

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Like Roy Grace? You’ll love Ava Turner & DI Callanach too!

This series is a bit gorier than Peter James’ Roy Grace series but the characters create the thread that weaves it all together. Don’t hesitate - you’ll be hooked too

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not convinced

lots of suspension of disbelief with this story and Luke's french accent was sooo annoying...I almost stopped listening several times, but persevered. Not convinced by the writing, the characters were not close to 3-dimensional. Won't be continuing on with this series.

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  • Pauline O.
  • 05-02-20

Horrible

What sort of twisted mind comes up with these ideas? . Haunted my waking hours also. Did not get past first few chapters as so disgusting. Don't care if the killer got his just rewards, I feel violated by hearing it.

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  • The Glamizon
  • 12-08-20

What a difference the choice of narrator can make.

I bought this when it was first released and made a couple of attempts at listening to it, but the original narrator had the most horrendous French accent (reminiscent of 'Aloe 'Aloe') and it was torchure to my wee ears.

I was obviously drawn to it many times and had even bought it again with a new narrator, but I hadn't realised it until recently. When I noticed, I checked out Robin Laing version and I am now writing this 1 week and 6 books in.

Yup I love the series. Gritty story lines, relatable characters and each story builds seamlessly into the next. I feel like I know the characters, some I love, some irritate me and others that make me lol at their Scottish banter. A Scottish girl myself, I really get it.

I'm mearing the end of the series and I am excited and dreading it in equal measures. I want to know what happens to the main characters, will they won't they?? I shall say no more.

Well written and a massive improvement in narration. It always astounds me when you just know a good book is being slaughtered by the person reading it. With the best will in the world you just can't get past it and an author loses out on reaching so many listeners as a result.

Note to authors. You put your blood sweat and tears into the process of writing, producing and promoting your work, dont let it down at the point of selecting a narrator. It really can put us listeners off for good xx

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  • 09-27-20

Brilliant!

Excellently read, one of the best readers ive listened too. Great story i thoroughly enjoyed it and cant wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • A Hutchison
  • 08-11-20

Superb, Amazing, Gripping & Adictive listening!

Perfect Remains is quite frankly just brilliant.
As a self confessed 'true crime junkie' it had been a while to re-indulge back into fiction, but needless to say Perfect Remains absolutely ticked all the boxes for me and fulfilled my expectation!

It's an absoloutely gripping storyline, having me hooked in from the very start, being so immersed I listened to the whole story in two days flat.

This is very well written by Helen and additionally well narrated.

Have now purchased Perfect Prey the next book in order and and enjoying every moment of listening to the next book.

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  • Alison K
  • 05-29-20

Fantastic

Loved listening to this from beginning to end original plot and thrilling with it. Kept me hooked! Looking forward to starting the next one in the series.

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  • Deep purple
  • 05-17-20

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant - wanted a book to scare me - it did - gruesome but excellent - don’t read if you are squeamish

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  • Sarafina
  • 05-23-20

Wonderful book. Would definitely reccomend

Loved it. It's a great book with a very gripping and intriguing storyline. Laing is a very good narrator and consistent with the accents. He read with great enthusiasm and emotion, which helped build the image and personality of the characters - especially with Dr. King. Laing's voice is the total opposite of boring and monotonous, which meant I could keep listening and stay interested rather than falling asleep.

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  • Kate Challinor
  • 05-21-20

BOOK ONE...... CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO BOOK 2

Helen has written an outstanding book that kept my attention through out, with rich characters and an exciting story line. Brilliantly read and definitely a book I'm glad I chose to listen to as the reader brought the characters to life, great accents and dialect, making the whole book come to life. Downloading Book 2 now :)

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  • danielle
  • 06-12-20

Good listen

I enjoyed this book. the narrator was not annoying at all. some audible books I have had to abandon.

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  • Mark Glossop
  • 04-01-20

Absolutely brilliant

Totally gripping from start to finish. Fantastic story line and cannot wait to start the next instalment.

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  • 04-24-21

2.5 star story with 5 star narration

2.5 stars rounded up for a very well narrated audiobook.
Okay, I don't ever read crime/thriller/horror but I've been in a book slump so I picked up this on the audible reccomendations - lots of reviews of "Wow! Amazing! Plot twist! Didn't see that coming!"
The narration was fantastic and kept me interested most of the way through - but I didn't feel like there was any real thrill or crime mystery - and it felt a bit disjointed and the stories felt unrelated.. not for me..

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  • finnea
  • 04-29-22

Hercule Poirot as underwear model

This is a gripping story - although the emphasis is on the gore of serial killing rather than the police procedural. Personally I'd prefer more of the procedural, which is not Fields' strong point. The twists and turns of the narrative are good in themselves but there's a level of detail missing that for me makes the whole thing lack plausibility at times. This is most apparent in the serial killer's lair and in the final scenes. The detail we're given is not enough to explain why things play out as they do (hard to say more without spoilers but the physical descriptions of violent acts, restraint and interactions didn't always ring true).

Luc Callanach is a bit of cliche - a glamorous but wreckless DI with a French accent who used to be an underwear model (oh please!). Also, if he'd spent his early years in Scotland speaking English, there's no way he'd have trouble with 'th' and Scottish-English vowels, so the Hercule Poirot accent is a bit ridiculous. That said, the narrator is very good--and the book describes him as having an accent. This is another example of how Fields doesn't really think things through. It's a very plot driven novel with things made up for convenience. i agree with other reviews about the lack of research into not only police procedure but church matters--and also PTSD. And as for Luc racing off to a crime scene with a member of the public and no back up--
OMG it makes me want to sack him!

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  • Tezza
  • 12-28-21

Enjoyable

A genuine one-sitting book. The plotting and sub-plotting are meticulous and the characters are well-rounded and maintained my interest from beginning to end.
Bring on book two!

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  • apple
  • 12-27-20

Intriguing plot and fabulous characters

Looking forward to this series. Two great characters in the lead with excellent chemistry. Set in the wonderful city of Edinburgh, two plots are cleverly wound together with just enough twists to keep you listening. Can’t wait to listen to book two with the great voice and easy characterisation of the narrator.. Highly recommended!