Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: Remnants by Carolyn Arnold

Title: Remnants (Brandon Fisher FBI Series #6)
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, FBI, Procedural
GoodReads Description
All that remains are whispers of the past…

I received an eARC of the novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.

With no quick means of identifying the deceased, building a profile of this serial killer is more challenging than usual. How are these targets being selected? Why are their limbs being severed and their bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this person to murder?

The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

My Thoughts
There is nothing worse than not starting a series with the first book.  Nothing.  Not even watching your OTP split up is worse than the pain of starting a series with any other book than the first.  I am always wary when publishers tell me that I can read their books as a standalone.  To be honest, it was for that reason that I was not expecting to enjoy Remnants as much as I could have.  I was pretty happy to be wrong.  This is definitely a standalone novel, even though it is the sixth installment in the series!

I LOVED Brandon Fisher!  He is definitely a character that warmed my heart and opened my eyes a bit to more of humanity.  As a female, it's pretty easy to think of love and loneliness through "female" eyes.  It was very refreshing to see these topics written about in such a strong way from the male perspective.  Not only did I watch the amazingly well-written development of Brandon Fisher, but of the rest of his team.  Arnold's use of character development definitely helped her to grow this novel from only a procedural book to a true journey filled with real people.

I also loved that her mystery was not easy to solve.  Sometimes, books can be far too predictable.  I spent the entire flipping book thinking, "Oh!  It has to be this guy!"  But then it wasn't.  So I'd find another character.  "It's him this time!  I'm right!  I have to be"  And, I wasn't.  There was no way I could have seen that conclusion.  But, when I thought back to the plot and all of the descriptions, it made total sense.  I love that Arnold made the intelligent effort to put herself into the minds of her audience to best lead them astray.

I am having a hard time critiquing this novel.  I WILL be reading the entire series (in order, of course) and I WILL make sure that I have a copy of each.  Brandon Fisher is the Bones of the average man, or woman, and I look forward to enjoying the entirety of his saga.

My Rating

About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives outside Toronto with her husband and beagle. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing REMNANTS and sharing your thoughts with your followers. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book.