HUMAN REMAINS

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Haynes scores again with this creepy, introspective, psychological suspense tale — more along the lines of a Hitch-cockian suspense film than an action-packed thriller. The suspect’s M.O. is definitely a fresh take on serial killers, resulting in an unusual plot and the opportunity to ponder what is a crime. The story is told through multiple points of view: the heroine’s, the killer’s and that of the dead.

Police analyst Annabel leads a quiet and lonely life, poring over data on her computer while feeling alienated from her coworkers, taking care of her ailing mother and spending evenings at home with her cat. After discovering the decomposing body of her neighbor — who she never even noticed was missing — Annabel becomes fixated on the increasing number of unexplained deaths in the city. Could someone be preying on isolated and lonely people? A pushy reporter, who also thinks something is suspicious about the deaths, keeps contacting her and they form a tentative friendship, which may just save Annabel’s life. (HARPER, Sep., 464 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joyce Morgan