Perfect Remains by Helen Fields

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW

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Perfect Remains: A DI Callanach Thriller, Book 1.  

I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour today! My first AUDIO BOOK blog tour!

What a book to be kicking off with too! Perfect Remians by Helen Fields, the first book of the DI Callanach series. The narration for this audio book has been re-recorded by the fantastic Robin Laing.

Robin Laing has been the voice of Helen Field’s DI Callanach thrillers since Perfect Prey. Robin is known on the small screen for his roles in Band of Brothers, Shetland and Waterloo Road whilst on the silver screen he starred alongside Chris Pine in Outlaw King.

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*****BOOK DESCRIPTION*****

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.

 

*****MY THOUGHTS*****

 

A fast paced, intelligent thriller packed full of clever twists and turn right up to the very end.

 

Luc Callanach former Interpol Officer, born in Scotland, raised in France.  Good looking, French accent.  But Callanach has joined Police Scotland with a history and one that plagues him still.

When the burned remains of a missing woman are found in a remote location in Scotland, Callanach and his team are handed a murder case.  It is soon followed by a second missing woman and although it isn’t immediately clear to the police that these two cases are connected the reader most definitely is. For not only do we follow the investigation along with Callanach and his colleague DI Ava Turner we are privy to the actions of the victims evil, clever and brutal psychopathic capture.

With some very vivid and gruesome scenes from the very beginning this book does not shy away from the gory details of what he does to his victims and I will admit some of it was a little too much for me, but it sure does give the character presence. Here Robin Laing, the narrator, does an excellent job of transferring that fear and terror off the page and into the ear of the listener.  He seamlessly moves from good guy to bad guy, from Scottish, French to English accents and has a nice subtle difference to his voice when narrating the female roles.

The story gathers magnificent pace and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.  Laing does an excellent job of bringing the character of Callanach to life and I loved his sorrowful tone which seemed to match him perfectly.  There is a great ‘working chemistry’ between Callanach and Turner and I love the way she tries to bring him out of himself.  The story line is very ‘intelligent’ with some very well thought out ‘reasons’ behind the killers action and motives.  It was also nice to follow the investigation from knowing who the perpetrator was from the very start and following the clues as the police try to catch up.

A great story and brilliantly recorded as an audio book.

 

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