What Remains Of Her
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes this chilling, harrowing thriller set in rural Vermont about a recluse who believes the young girl he's found in the woods is the reincarnation of his missing daughter, returned to help him solve her and his wife's disappearance.I won’t say a word. Cross my heart and hope to die…Jonah Baum, a professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, sees his ordinary life come tumbling down when his wife and young daughter vanish from their home. No evidence of a kidnapping. No sign of murder. No proof that Rebecca didn’t simply abandon her marriage. Just Sally’s crude and chilling drawings, Jonah’s little lies, and the sheriff’s nagging fears that nothing is what it seems.For Sally’s best friend, Lucinda, it’s something else. She trusts in Sally not to just disappear, not after they’ve shared so many secrets—especially about the woods and what they saw there. But she’ll never tell. No one would believe her anyway.As the search for Rebecca and Sally intensifies, and as suspicion falls on Jonah, the disappearances become more relentlessly haunting than anyone can imagine. Because what’s seen in the light of day is not nearly as terrifying as what remains hidden in the dark…

What Remains Of Her Details

TitleWhat Remains Of Her
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 24th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062843333
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

What Remains Of Her Review

  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFairly simple mystery involving the disappearance of a mother, Rebecca, and her daughter, Sally. The story jumps back and forth between Jonah, the husband and father who is the prime suspect, and the daughter's best friend, Lucinda. The winter setting of Vermont just adds another layer to an already bleak and depressing situation. The strength of the book is not so much the mystery as it is seeing how the disappearance affects Jonah and Lucinda. There is definitely a haunting type quali 3.5 starsFairly simple mystery involving the disappearance of a mother, Rebecca, and her daughter, Sally. The story jumps back and forth between Jonah, the husband and father who is the prime suspect, and the daughter's best friend, Lucinda. The winter setting of Vermont just adds another layer to an already bleak and depressing situation. The strength of the book is not so much the mystery as it is seeing how the disappearance affects Jonah and Lucinda. There is definitely a haunting type quality to the book as the author really captures their inner struggles as they deal with the aftermath of the disappearance each in their own way. The story is gripping and I ended up finishing the book over the course of an afternoon. The weakness of the book is definitely the "big reveal". When you finally are told what happened it is not really surprising or unexpected as there were a limited amount of directions the story could go in. However, the author is talented enough that it did not ruin the story for me. By the time I was finished reading, I felt much more of an attachment to the main characters rather than the mystery itself. I think if you go into this just wanting a good, solid fiction read with complex characters rather than a mystery filled with twists and turns, you will enjoy this book a lot more. I won a free advance digital copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • J.D. Barker
    January 1, 1970
    In his best novel yet, Rickstad unravels a twenty-year-old mystery with shrewd, crafty skill. A taut, chilling psychological ride.
  • Ruthy lavin
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a big fan of Eric’s work and have been eagerly anticipating this new novel of his for some time - I’m so glad to say that it didn’t disappoint.Eerily good, creepy, wonderfully visual like all of Eric’s previous work, he is just a wonderful writer.As I said previously when I finished reading The Silent girls, I really hope Netflix snap up this book for dramatisation, it’s easily good enough to be an engrossing Netflix thriller series - there’s something Twin Peaksy about it, despite it mainta I’m a big fan of Eric’s work and have been eagerly anticipating this new novel of his for some time - I’m so glad to say that it didn’t disappoint.Eerily good, creepy, wonderfully visual like all of Eric’s previous work, he is just a wonderful writer.As I said previously when I finished reading The Silent girls, I really hope Netflix snap up this book for dramatisation, it’s easily good enough to be an engrossing Netflix thriller series - there’s something Twin Peaksy about it, despite it maintaining an original feel. It has a well balanced mixture of thriller, bad cop/good cop, and even a bit of a supernatural overtone... just a great read.Devoured it in one long nighttime sitting - if you are a fan of Eric’s previous work or even if you’ve never heard of him before but enjoy a good gritty psychological thriller - invest in this, it’s well worth it.4+ stars 🌟
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  • Marge
    January 1, 1970
    What Remains of Her centers on Jonah an adjunct college professor the disappearance of his wife Rebecca and their 7 yr. old daughter Sally. Although evidence doesn't suggest Jonah is behind their disappearance, the town's people believe he is responsible, and Jonah carries feelings of guilt that he is in some way responsible. Their disappearance, however, not only haunts Jonah, but it also impacts the lives of Lucinda, Sally's best friend, and Lucinda's father who was the sheriff when Rebecca an What Remains of Her centers on Jonah an adjunct college professor the disappearance of his wife Rebecca and their 7 yr. old daughter Sally. Although evidence doesn't suggest Jonah is behind their disappearance, the town's people believe he is responsible, and Jonah carries feelings of guilt that he is in some way responsible. Their disappearance, however, not only haunts Jonah, but it also impacts the lives of Lucinda, Sally's best friend, and Lucinda's father who was the sheriff when Rebecca and Sally mysteriously vanished. Readers are privileged to observe how lies, fears, and secrets nag the sheriff, Lucinda, and Jonah as the novel's action focuses on their lives and actions when another 7 yr. old girl Gretchen who looks much like Sally is reported missing on the 25th anniversary of Sally's and her mother's disappearance.Author Eric Rickstad fully develops Jonah and Lucinda into believable characters with whom we sympathize, often support and cheer. They share their pain, fears, and self-doubt as they continue to recon with Sally's presumed death, uncover pieces of the past, and are faced another child's disappearance that stirs the ember's of the past. While some of the action is set in the houses of Jonah and Lucinda, Rickstad also develops the all-important mysterious, near-by woods where as children Lucinda and Sally ventured even though they were told the woods were off-limits.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and all too often hated to put it down for life's demands. I loved the twists and revelations in the plot as well as the very satisfying ending; therefore, I highly recommend o fiction readers What Remains of Her.
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  • Mia Siegert
    January 1, 1970
    I read this within one day, staying up until almost 2 am to finish. Absolutely superb, really twisty book. I'll come back to the review later because I'm trying to figure out the best way to talk about it without spoilers.Just excellent.
  • Drew Yanno
    January 1, 1970
    Eric Rickstad has done it again! This time with What Remains of Her, a stand-alone thriller set in the small towns and mountains of Vermont. As we’ve come to rely on with his previous Vermont noir, he delivers an irresistible premise and a cast of complicated but believable characters caught up in extraordinary circumstances. The mystery unfolds in multiple “books” set apart by time and events. Even better, they signal new and unexpected paths in the story. Just when I thought I knew where the n Eric Rickstad has done it again! This time with What Remains of Her, a stand-alone thriller set in the small towns and mountains of Vermont. As we’ve come to rely on with his previous Vermont noir, he delivers an irresistible premise and a cast of complicated but believable characters caught up in extraordinary circumstances. The mystery unfolds in multiple “books” set apart by time and events. Even better, they signal new and unexpected paths in the story. Just when I thought I knew where the narrative was going, he surprised me and left me wondering where it could possibly be headed. Rather than disappoint, the decision turned out to be brilliant, and produced an ending that was both bittersweet and surprisingly satisfying.This may be my favorite of all his books, and I can hardly wait to see what he has in store for us next. All I know is that I’ll be first in line.Please note that I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sue Bottino
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in 24 hours. It is fantastic! It's a true mystery novel with no gore. The author captured the deepest emotions of the characters perfectly. The pacing of the story keeps the reader constantly engaged. Highly recommend.
  • Christine Desrochers-Broderick
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This book is filled with so many twists and turns it left me with my jaw hanging. Usually when I read a mystery or thriller it's pretty predictable . This one was anything but! Loved all the characters and felt connected . Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen , I was wrong! What a rollercoaster ride!!! Go read it! You won't be disappointed!!
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to William Morrow Books and Goodreads. I won a copy of Kindle book in a goodreads giveaway.Jonah comes home from work one day and his wife and daughter aren't home. He really doesn't think too much of it at first, but after several hours he knows that something is wrong. He calls his friend Maurice, who happens to be the sheriff. But Jonah lies about a couple of things like where he slept last night and the fight Rebecca and Jonah had. Lucinda confesses to her dad after she finds him c Thank you to William Morrow Books and Goodreads. I won a copy of Kindle book in a goodreads giveaway.Jonah comes home from work one day and his wife and daughter aren't home. He really doesn't think too much of it at first, but after several hours he knows that something is wrong. He calls his friend Maurice, who happens to be the sheriff. But Jonah lies about a couple of things like where he slept last night and the fight Rebecca and Jonah had. Lucinda confesses to her dad after she finds him crying in the basement (Maurice the sheriff) that Sally had told her a secret about the man who follows her and that maybe Sally was at their secret place. Jonah feels like his whole world is falling apart. Everyone is looking at him like he did something too them, but Jonah just wants them to come home. As time passes and no bodies are found life slowly moves on for everyone but Jonah. He ends up leaving the school because he can't focus and he still feels like everyone believes that he killed them. He loses everything and becomes a hermit up on the mountain. Until one day a young girl that looks just like Sally disappears...I have to say I am not always a fan of the unreliable narrator, sometimes it enhances the story other times it makes it really confusing. This one kind of rode the line between the two. However, I felt bad for Jonah he had a rough childhood, his marriage seemed troubled, and then his wife and daughter disappeared. 25 years later to the day he more than a little crazy and a hermit. That being said I like how Eric wove the past and the present together and brought the story full circle. Lucinda remembered her promise to never forget and actually solved the story and brought justice to her friend and did it despite the cost. I have to say that I didn't honestly suspect a thing until the reveal and I didn't see the double twist coming at all. I think my mouth literally dropped open.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    [I recieved a copy from @williammorrowbooks and @tlcbooktours for an honest review]What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad captured me right from the beginning and didn't let me go. I still can't stop thinking about that ending, how I never saw it coming and how it broke my heart. I love Eric Rickstads writing. You really get to know each character and form a bond with them, whether they are an adult or a child. He has such a great way of making their emotions and fear almost tangible. What Remains [I recieved a copy from @williammorrowbooks and @tlcbooktours for an honest review]What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad captured me right from the beginning and didn't let me go. I still can't stop thinking about that ending, how I never saw it coming and how it broke my heart. I love Eric Rickstads writing. You really get to know each character and form a bond with them, whether they are an adult or a child. He has such a great way of making their emotions and fear almost tangible. What Remains of Her deals with the disappearance of a wife and daughter. The reader watches through Jonah,the husbands, eyes as he watches his world crumble. As the reader you know he's innocent but can't help but be beaten down along with him as everything makes him look guilty. At the same time we see a young girl, Lucinda, lose her best friend and feel stuck and hopeless. The story then jump to 25 years later and finally learn answered to the questions long unanswered. I highly recommend What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad to all my fellow psychological thriller fans!
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    When a mother and her young daughter go missing in a small Vermont town, all eyes turn to the man of the house, Jonah Baum. Jonah's best friend and town sheriff believes that he may have harmed his own wife and child. Will the people of this idyllic community, these families, and friends be able to face what lies ahead as they begin to unravel the truth? This is truly a fast paced suspenseful domestic thriller which will have readers guessing right up to its stunning conclusion.
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  • Victoria Colotta
    January 1, 1970
    My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An atmospheric, eerie, and addictive suspense novel.WHAT REMAINS OF HER is a dark and intricate story about the disappearance of a man's wife and daughter as well as the toll it takes on all those affected. The novel expertly combines a crime with emotion and a hint of the supernatural to make the reader flip through the pages to find out what happens next. What I love about the author is his ability to build up the tension within one aspect of the book while he un My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An atmospheric, eerie, and addictive suspense novel.WHAT REMAINS OF HER is a dark and intricate story about the disappearance of a man's wife and daughter as well as the toll it takes on all those affected. The novel expertly combines a crime with emotion and a hint of the supernatural to make the reader flip through the pages to find out what happens next. What I love about the author is his ability to build up the tension within one aspect of the book while he untangles lies and mysteries of the past. By having the opening section take place 25 years before, Rickstad sets the stage for a very moody and complicated present. As the reader, I could see that what happened would definitely have psychological repercussions later on. However, I never anticipated the amount of twists, turns, and secrets revealed. I was pulled in by the gripping narrative and then set down a path both chilling and heartfelt. This is the third book I have read by the author and all I have to say is keep them coming!Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.Highly Caffeinated Rating of… ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕✦ ✦ ✦ ✦Follow the Highly Caffeinated Victoria Colotta: Website | Facebook | Twitter @vcolotta | Instagram | Goodreads✦ ✦ ✦ ✦
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I’ve read by Eric Rickstad and I have to say that it is a top-notch thriller.One day Jonah Baum wakes up to find his wife and daughter missing. A search ensues and some mysterious drawings left behind by his daughter, Sally, come into question, but, tragically, the duo are never found. 25 years later Jonah’s loss still haunts him and he lives the life of hermit, with little contact with the outside world. When another child goes missing, both Sally’s childhood friend, Luc This was the first book I’ve read by Eric Rickstad and I have to say that it is a top-notch thriller.One day Jonah Baum wakes up to find his wife and daughter missing. A search ensues and some mysterious drawings left behind by his daughter, Sally, come into question, but, tragically, the duo are never found. 25 years later Jonah’s loss still haunts him and he lives the life of hermit, with little contact with the outside world. When another child goes missing, both Sally’s childhood friend, Lucinda, and Jonah are abruptly drawn back into the past mystery and they search for answers to both the past and the present.I thoroughly enjoyed this. The characters were very real and relatable and the descriptions of the winter woods setting drew me in. I did not predict the ending at all and I loved the resolution. I highly recommend this for suspense lovers and look forward to reading more by this author.Many thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing me with a complimentary e-copy ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished What Remains of Her and loved it! It is another creepy classic from Eric Rickstad. There is a lot to like about this book. The story is original and has really great twists. The dialogue is fantastic--between Jonah and Maurice--and in Jonah's mind. The Pit is super creepy. The chapter "Desolation" is some of the best writing I've read in a long time. The setting is amazing. If you've never visited the Northeast Kingdom and met its people, look no further than Eric Rickstand's boo I just finished What Remains of Her and loved it! It is another creepy classic from Eric Rickstad. There is a lot to like about this book. The story is original and has really great twists. The dialogue is fantastic--between Jonah and Maurice--and in Jonah's mind. The Pit is super creepy. The chapter "Desolation" is some of the best writing I've read in a long time. The setting is amazing. If you've never visited the Northeast Kingdom and met its people, look no further than Eric Rickstand's books--this one in particular. Its Gothic Horror/Noir/Murder Mystery. Highly recommended!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad is an electrifying mystery set in rural Vermont.Jonah Baum returns home from work one evening to discover his wife Rebecca and seven year old daughter Sally have disappeared.  He quickly contacts his friend and neighbor Sheriff Maurice Welch who rapidly organizes a search party to look for the missing duo. With no evidence to go on, Maurice calls in the state police to aid in the investigation. Jonah is their number one (and practically) only suspec 4.5 stars.What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad is an electrifying mystery set in rural Vermont.Jonah Baum returns home from work one evening to discover his wife Rebecca and seven year old daughter Sally have disappeared.  He quickly contacts his friend and neighbor Sheriff Maurice Welch who rapidly organizes a search party to look for the missing duo. With no evidence to go on, Maurice calls in the state police to aid in the investigation. Jonah is their number one (and practically) only suspect and despite the Sheriff's best efforts to protect him, the cloud of suspicion lingers over Jonah long after the case goes cold. Unable to function yet remaining hopeful Rebecca and Sally will one day return home, Jonah retreats from society and lives a solitary life in an abandoned cabin deep in the woods. Twenty-five years later, he sporadically maintains contact with Maurice's daughter and Sally's best friend, Lucinda. Despite the passage of time, she still struggles with the unanswered questions about her missing friend. Working as a part-time deputy, a case in the present brings up those long ago memories and Lucinda makes a stunning discovery that completely upends her world.Jonah still bears the scars of his horrific childhood but with Maurice's help, he has gained control of his volatile emotions. At the time Rebecca and Sally disappear, they are struggling to make ends meet and there is tension between Jonah and his wife. When questioned by Maurice and the state police, Jonah carefully edits his answers which contributes to the suspicions he might have hurt his wife and child. With absolutely no evidence to support the police's theory and no new leads, Jonah never gives up hope Rebecca and Sally will be found.Lucinda's life is forever changed by the unsolved disappearance of Sally and Rebecca. Now in her early thirties, the chance to make a childhood dream come true is within her grasp when an urgent new case demands all of her attention. In the course of this investigation, she is distracted by her memories of Sally. Never expecting to find new information about her missing friend in the long cold case, Lucinda is absolutely flabbergasted by her unexpected discoveries.What Remains of Her is a spellbinding mystery with a compelling storyline and a cast of multi-layered characters. The plot is intricately executed and the setting is quite atmospheric. Eric Rickstad builds the tension and suspense to a fever pitch and brings this incredible mystery to a twist-filled and shocking conclusion that will completely satisfy readers. I highly recommend this enthralling novel to fans of the genre.
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  • Teresa Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! This was quite a thriller. It seemed really real. Stuff i thought was leading me along, went nowhere. And I did not see the ending coming.
  • Rhonda Smith-cauley
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a while. It kept me guessing right to the end!!! Thank you Goodreads!!!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    (I won an uncorrected proof of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway) What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad tells the story of one man's grief and obsession after the sudden loss of his wife and daughter. Wrapped within that story of pain and suffering is a mystery that is less touched upon as the book progresses, but then solved before the book's conclusion.Overall, the story was strong and the premise keeps you turning pages from the beginning. However, by the time the story reached 2012 and 25 yea (I won an uncorrected proof of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway) What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad tells the story of one man's grief and obsession after the sudden loss of his wife and daughter. Wrapped within that story of pain and suffering is a mystery that is less touched upon as the book progresses, but then solved before the book's conclusion.Overall, the story was strong and the premise keeps you turning pages from the beginning. However, by the time the story reached 2012 and 25 years had passed since the mysterious vanishing, the pace started to slow down a bit. (view spoiler)[The mention of God, possible hints at reincarnation?, etc. irked me at times, as they seemed to be a ploy to distract readers from the likelihood of a murder and the mystery we were supposed to be solving. (hide spoiler)] At times, the whole Gretel story line seemed somewhat of a distraction from what I kept wanting the focus of the book to return to: the mysterious disappearance of Rebecca and Sally.Honestly, once this book is corrected and certain issues have been resolved(view spoiler)[maybe focusing more on the relationship between Jonah and Maurice. Giving Sally and Rebecca a voice? A chapter where we see them alive and as characters? Maybe not jumping straight from 1986 to 2012? And taking away from the back-and-forth with Gretel in order to make space. (hide spoiler)] I would probably give this book four stars, as the plot and general idea are very strong. All in all, I did enjoy this book.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC (Kindle) through a Goodreads Giveaway.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I will say that I didn't figure it out, which for me is rare. My mind had gone in a completely different direction.
  • LauraJean
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I LOVED this book! Excellent!
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