Hi everyone! Today, I’m reviewing Perfect Remains by Helen Fields which was sent me by the lovely people at Avon Books. This is the first book in the D.I. Callanach series and after enjoying this one, I’m definitely interested in continuing the series! Before I jump into my review, here’s the Goodreads blurb…
What the book is about…
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.
What I thought of it…
This was an enjoyable, gritty thriller that was a great start to the series. Fields created a really creepy villain and I actually couldn’t read this book before bed because it was freaking me out!
The book had a strong, multi-layered plot that is perfectly placed in its Scottish setting. I’ve noticed that Scotland is becoming a more popular setting for recent thrillers and I’m absolutely loving it; reading about places you recognise always adds an extra level of enjoyment to the process, I find.
There are some great characters in this first book and I’m looking forward to reading more about Callanach and Turner. Callanach was an enjoyable main character and I liked that he was flawed. He has a past and it definitely haunts him. Perhaps morbidly, I did find myself slightly more gripped by the chapters that focused on the killer; getting a glimpse into his mind was fascinating and genuinely scary. I really enjoyed alternating between the two perspectives.
This is a clever story that definitely caught my interest. I look forward to seeing where the author takes these characters in the next books.
Has anyone else read this one? Or the sequels? What are some of your favourite thrillers set in Scotland?