HUMAN REMAINS is the latest and most ambitious --- as well as the best --- of Elizabeth Haynes’s suspense novels to date. This fine psychological thriller is built on a subtle bedrock, one that begins by raising the troubling issue of social isolation not only in urban areas but also in rural ones, and moves on to even weightier issues before all is said and done.
The novel is narrated primarily in two voices. One is a woman named Annabel Hayer, an underappreciated police analyst whose social life is centered on a semi-stray cat and her mother, a co-dependent and difficult woman who is perhaps more reliant upon Annabel than she needs to be. The other primary voice belong