What Remains

Wendy Walker

Mystery Thriller

She saved his life. Now he‘ll never let her go.

Detective Elise Sutton is drawn to cold cases. Each crime is a puzzle to solve, pulled from the past. Elise looks for cracks in the surface and has become an expert on how murderers slip up and give themselves away. She has dedicated her life to creating a sense of order, at work with her ex-marine partner; at home with her husband and two young daughters; and within, battling her own demons. Elise has everything under control, until one afternoon, when she walks into a department store and is forced to make a terrible choice: to save one life, she will have to take another.

Elise is hailed as a hero, but she doesn’t feel like one. Steeped in guilt, and on a leave of absence from work, she’s numb, even to her husband and daughters, until she connects with Wade Austin, the tall man whose life she saved. But Elise soon realizes that he isn’t who he says he is. In fact, Wade Austin isn’t even his real name. The tall man is a ghost, one who will set off a terrifying game of cat and mouse, threatening Elise and the people she loves most.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“We always want to see the good in people, to believe in a world where there are no monsters. So much that we pretend they’re not standing right in front of us.”

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Elise, a detective, finds herself having to make the choice to possibly kill one to save another.

“I realize in the moment before you take someone’s life, what you really see is what’s inside yourself.”

Just that one line premise grabbed me. I don’t believe any of us know what we’d do in that situation unless actually faced with it and all the variables. Going through each moment with Elise was just about as close as it can be without experiencing it yourself. But the worst part came after!

After saving this man, she starts seeing different versions of him. Sweet and understanding then angry and possessive. The book took me on a ride that I didn’t see coming and was thoroughly entertained throughout. It was fast-paced, twisty and kept me guessing. This will not be my last Walker book!

AUDIO REVIEW: Libro.FM offered me the audio so being able to listen when I couldn’t read and read when I couldn’t listen definitely played into the entertainment of the book. The narrators voices were just as I expected and only added to the mystery or comradery (even though it was fake). I loved having both POV’s!

General content summary: F words= 20+, C*** word= 3, active shooter (sounds, screams, gunshot), man beaten to death (previous, burned body), infidelity (previous), woman beaten badly,  (schizo-affective disorder, mental health), physical assault (multiple, some details), many corpse details, stalking (many, intense), captivity (some details), gun killing (few details).

Thank you to Libro.FM and Blackstone Publishing for the copy! Also a huge thank you to BiblioLifestyle for the chance to be on the tour.

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