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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 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…


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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 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…

30 review for What Remains Of Her

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars Fairly 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 stars Fairly 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    The hands that hold the cards that you've been dealt..... Jonah Baum stares at stacks of papers piled high that beckon for his attention. As an adjunct professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, Jonah knows the endless task of grading. Perhaps he knows more intimately how life puts its own smeared stamp on your efforts and actions throughout the years. It all comes down to treading on the mundane. But Jonah could never imagine what would be brought to his doorstep as the Joker slips betwe The hands that hold the cards that you've been dealt..... Jonah Baum stares at stacks of papers piled high that beckon for his attention. As an adjunct professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, Jonah knows the endless task of grading. Perhaps he knows more intimately how life puts its own smeared stamp on your efforts and actions throughout the years. It all comes down to treading on the mundane. But Jonah could never imagine what would be brought to his doorstep as the Joker slips between those hand-held cards. Jonah wakes the next morning to the cold hard reality that his wife and daughter have gone missing. They were expected to be home hours upon hours ago and placed in the regular routine of life. Jonah alerts his friend Maurice who is the small town sheriff. Maurice and the state police bombard Jonah with questions about his own actions and whereabouts. Could Jonah have something to do with their disappearance? Eric Rickstad presents a story torn from today's headlines. Missing children. Missing wives. Missing relationships. The story spins from 1987 to the present. This case continues to still open through the years. Jonah becomes his own version of the walking dead. He's lost everything and everyone and people still eye him with a guilty verdict even without a court case. Jonah lives in an abandoned cabin in the woods scratching out an existence......until another young girl goes missing. I rated What Remains Of Her at a solid 3.5 but kicked it up to 4 stars because of Eric Rickstad's fine writing style. He's able to get beneath the skin of his characters well. My concern was with the deadends that lay at each juncture of the multiple inroads. Jonah continues to make bad choices even when he knows full well the consequences. It frustrated me. But then the plot line doesn't have very far to go in a small town with not many options. You'll probably figure this one out without a roadmap. Entertaining, but no shockers here. I received a copy of What Remains Of Her through Giveaways on Goodreads. My thanks to William Morrow Books and to Eric Rickstad for the opportunity.

  3. 3 out of 5

    J.D. Barker

    In his best novel yet, Rickstad unravels a twenty-year-old mystery with shrewd, crafty skill. A taut, chilling psychological ride.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    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 🌟

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    3.5 stars This is a standard case of mother and daughter disappearing with the husband as prime suspect number one. There's an ominous tone set from the beginning with the depths of childhood imagination and that wholehearted importance to keep secrets for your best friend, no matter the consequence or potential helpfulness to a case. It's amazing what we deem to be so much more important as children than as adults. We fast forward a couple of decades+ where people close to the case are still deal 3.5 stars This is a standard case of mother and daughter disappearing with the husband as prime suspect number one. There's an ominous tone set from the beginning with the depths of childhood imagination and that wholehearted importance to keep secrets for your best friend, no matter the consequence or potential helpfulness to a case. It's amazing what we deem to be so much more important as children than as adults. We fast forward a couple of decades+ where people close to the case are still dealing the aftermath of this horrible crime. There's nothing worse than not having answers... or so we like to think. Grass is greener? Graves are darker? While I did like how the author transversed from one timeline to another smoothly, I found myself liking the beginning part of the book better. The short chapters make for a fast read and I found myself continually flipping page after page. Next thing I know it's way past my bedtime and I'm halfway through the novel. While this story is addicting, I did find the ending not to surprise me as much as I thought that it would. I did the whole, "ohhhhhhhh, really?! asshole..." then shrug and continued on. (Asshole for a certain character, not the author, to be clear!) This is an absolutely solid lighter thriller with some creepy tones and no real big surprise. The story is well written and even without that throat punch a lot of people expect from thrillers these days, it still makes an impact. I felt this was a bit more character driven and I did feel for a certain two of them. I just wanted a little bit more bite that I felt the ominous tone set at the beginning felt like it was promising. Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for this copy.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Marge

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mia Siegert

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Drew Yanno

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sue Bottino

    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.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Christine Desrochers-Broderick

    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!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    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.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Amanda

    [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!

  14. 3 out of 5

    Nancy

    Out of the 101 books I have read so far this calendar year, this one is the best. Authentic characters - I related to each and every one of them and walked every step with them. Cannot even remember the last time I was so fully invested in a book. Thank you, Eric Rickstad.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    This was a crazy book. I really liked it. I would have given it 4 stars but there was a bit of swearing. I could not put it down though. Just a little creepy and had my heart pounding at times.

  16. 3 out of 5

    KC

    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.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Victoria Colotta

    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 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

  18. 4 out of 5

    John

    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!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I hadn't intended on pulling an all nighter, but once I started this book I could not put it down. It was really an interesting mystery/thriller because it could have gone in Sooooooo many directions and you have all your wheels spinning trying to figure out-is it going to be some kind of spider horror (you'll see), serial killer, deranged Dad and on and on. Takes place in a small Vermont town in the woods. And the best part is there was an ending! (unlike many books I have read lately)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    A mother and daughter mysteriously disappear and leave a wake of wreakage behind. This was a solid who done it with a 25 year time lapse to help show the consequences for all the characters involved in this tragedy. Ultimately I would recommend it to people who like novels with twists and turns or reading about a brokenness that never heals. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through edelweiss.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Full review to follow on book tour date: August 7th

  23. 5 out of 5

    June

    I liked the beginning of this book but then I felt like I fell into dead air. It dragged to a somewhat interesting ending but it became dull in the middle of the story so, although the ending was okay, I was no longer really invested in the outcome.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Williams

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Smith-cauley

    One of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a while. It kept me guessing right to the end!!! Thank you Goodreads!!!

  26. 3 out of 5

    L Corky

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Eric Rickstad has done it again! This is a great story. Twenty five years after Jonah Baum's wife and young daughter go missing and are presumed dead the truth finally comes out. This story had so many twists and turns and the final outcome WOW! Did not see that one coming! Now I will have to eagerly wait for the next book by this wonderful author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amber Schroer

    Great pacing and character development used to create a truly suspenseful “whodunnit” when Jonah - a former abused ward of the state - is left all alone when his young wife and daughter go missing and presumed dead. We jump into current day where Jonah is now an old recluse hiding from the world who already found him guilty of his family in the court of opinion before they even took the time to look more into his eerie daughter’s drawings, actions and secrets about a man in the woods told to her Great pacing and character development used to create a truly suspenseful “whodunnit” when Jonah - a former abused ward of the state - is left all alone when his young wife and daughter go missing and presumed dead. We jump into current day where Jonah is now an old recluse hiding from the world who already found him guilty of his family in the court of opinion before they even took the time to look more into his eerie daughter’s drawings, actions and secrets about a man in the woods told to her best friend, Lucinda - who also happens to be the adopted daughter of Jonah’s best friend and more importantly the small town’s sheriff. But it seemed that in the past the only reason he was never charged when all clues pointed to him was because of his dear friend and sheriff who knew Jonah was innocent. In the current time period, both men are old and on their death beds, but neither has talked to the other a little after the 2 went missing. Lucinda now runs the small mountain town grocery and feed store and has kept both men in her life - supplying Jonah with a never ending trail of credit for groceries and helping to take care of her father’s quickly failing health. She also just so happens to be a deputy for the sheriff, but bc of the size of the town, she has never even considered herself a cop until.... on the 25th anniversary of Sally’s disappearance- her BFF and the aforementioned daughter to crazy, recluse Jonah - there is an emergency call reporting a little girl missing.... and soon, her case reopens the past 25 years like a sea, pouring details and possible clues that link the two cases together , but it doesn’t make sense to anyone how they could be. It’s a great listen and keeps you up wanting to know what happens next. So if you’re into contemporary thriller type books, you’ll love this one and probably the unique twists and turns it takes to get the resolution.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    (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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    In What Remains of Her, Jonah's world ends when his wife, Rebecca, and child, Sally, go missing. Sally's best friend, Lucinda, thinks a bad man in the woods took them. But they are never seen again despite many searches in the area. Years later, Jonah is a recluse living out in the woods when he finds a girl in need of rescuing. She reminds him of his daughter Sally. Lucinda, Sally's best friend, has always been haunted by not knowing what happened to Sally. But when a local girl goes missing, s In What Remains of Her, Jonah's world ends when his wife, Rebecca, and child, Sally, go missing. Sally's best friend, Lucinda, thinks a bad man in the woods took them. But they are never seen again despite many searches in the area. Years later, Jonah is a recluse living out in the woods when he finds a girl in need of rescuing. She reminds him of his daughter Sally. Lucinda, Sally's best friend, has always been haunted by not knowing what happened to Sally. But when a local girl goes missing, she is determined to find her. For the most part, I enjoyed this one. It was a pretty good mystery. I didn't see the two twists at the end coming, so that was a nice surprise. I also loved the ending. I felt so bad for Jonah. I can't imagine not knowing what happened to your family for 20ish years. Having to live in a town where everyone was suspicious of you would be torture. I could see how Jonah ended up the way he did. I also liked Lucinda's character. Losing her friend so young really shaped who she was as an adult. My only real complaint about the book was that it did slow down a bit in the middle. But the ending was worth it. I don't want to talk plot too much because I don't want to give anything away. I would recommend giving this one a try.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    WOW, wow,wow!!! I really loved this book. This is definitely going to be one of my favorites of the year. Maybe one of my favorite suspense books ever! I thought I had read one his books, maybe "The Names of Dead Girls" but I looked it up and I haven't :-( Well now I am going to have to! This was an excellent, very intense, suspense thriller! I was on-the-edge-of-my-seat all the way through this book. It draws you in on the very first page and just keeps going. There was not a single dull page. WOW, wow,wow!!! I really loved this book. This is definitely going to be one of my favorites of the year. Maybe one of my favorite suspense books ever! I thought I had read one his books, maybe "The Names of Dead Girls" but I looked it up and I haven't :-( Well now I am going to have to! This was an excellent, very intense, suspense thriller! I was on-the-edge-of-my-seat all the way through this book. It draws you in on the very first page and just keeps going. There was not a single dull page. It was so suspenseful. I had no idea what was going on but I sure wanted to know! Excellent character development. Even the creepy characters were good. And I thought considering the author is male he got the little girls personalities just right. Their thought process, the way they talked, everything was just perfect. I really liked the grown-up Lucinda. And even though he was creepy and strange, I even liked Jonah. I was really rooting for him, I didn't want him to be "the bad guy". So... Holy shocker!! The ending was great! Like the cherry on top of a perfect sundae. If you read any suspense book this year it should be this one! I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours - Thank You!!

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