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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. 3 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. 3 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. 4 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. 4 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. 3 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. 3 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. 5 out of 5

    Emily Crabtree

    Nope. I deeply wish writers would know what the end point of the plot is when they write. Or it just ends up like this and it is bizarre parts of nonsense. There is so much happenstance and then other stuff and then more happenstance and then the unveiling of what happened. Which then makes so little sense. If this was planned out ahead of writing then I am even more confused. If that is indeed possible. But if you look at other reviews I am in the minority so what do I know.

  10. 3 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.

  11. 5 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!!

  12. 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.

  13. 3 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    What Remains of Her is Eric Rickstad's latest book. Jonah Baum's wife Rebecca and young daughter Sally went missing twenty five years ago from their home in Vermont. Jonah has never been the same from that day. He's living in a run down cabin in the forest, eschewing society, but hoping against hope that they might still be found. Sally's friend Lucinda might remember something still..... When another little girl is lost in the woods, it is Jonah who finds her. Is she real or has Jonah's mind fina What Remains of Her is Eric Rickstad's latest book. Jonah Baum's wife Rebecca and young daughter Sally went missing twenty five years ago from their home in Vermont. Jonah has never been the same from that day. He's living in a run down cabin in the forest, eschewing society, but hoping against hope that they might still be found. Sally's friend Lucinda might remember something still..... When another little girl is lost in the woods, it is Jonah who finds her. Is she real or has Jonah's mind finally broken? I liked the idea of the long disappearance and memories from a child perhaps holding the answers. The other little girl, Gretel was an unexpected entry in the plot. (Really? Gretel? Fairy tale lost in the woods Gretel?) And I think it was here that Rickstad lost me. Much time is spent on this mystery child with the plot going in directions that seemed utterly ridiculous. The mystery itself has limited options as to the whodunnit is. (Fairly easy to suss out.) The police investigation I was hoping for never really happened. (And c'mon - clues left for 25 years in the victim's house?!) Sorry, this one was overdone and overwrought in my opinion.

  15. 5 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!

  16. 4 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.

  17. 3 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.

  18. 4 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.

  19. 3 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.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Norrie

    A haunting tale of a disappearance twenty years ago, What Remains Of Her tells the story of those who were left behind. What Remains Of Her by Eric Rickstad A haunting tale of a disappearance twenty years ago, What Remains Of Her tells the story of those who were left behind. What Remains Of Her by Eric Rickstad Genres: Mystery, Thriller Published: 24th July, 2018 Goodreads Series: N/A Rating: 5 Jonah Baum, a professor of poetry at a local college in Vermont, sees his ordinary life come tumbling down whe A haunting tale of a disappearance twenty years ago, What Remains Of Her tells the story of those who were left behind. What Remains Of Her by Eric Rickstad A haunting tale of a disappearance twenty years ago, What Remains Of Her tells the story of those who were left behind. What Remains Of Her by Eric Rickstad Genres: Mystery, Thriller Published: 24th July, 2018 Goodreads Series: N/A Rating: 5 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… The last thing I expect a mystery thriller to be, is a beautifully written, poignant account of pain, loss and grief. Yet, this style of writing is not something I’ve never came across in this genre, and I just love it every time it happens. I’ve never been to Vermont, if it’s anything like in this book, I sure as hell don’t want to visit it during winter. The bitter cold and the small town buried under deep snow is however the perfect setting for this story with its utter bleakness. Jonah did not only lose his wife and child back in 1987. He lost his home, his few friends he had, and even now, twenty-five years later the townies are looking at him with suspicion, and the way he behaves is clearly not doing him any favours. I’m sure we all know at least one Jonah. Evasive, always on the defensive side and with a barely contained temper. Did he do it? The fact that he’s now living in a cabin in the woods and doesn’t talk to anyone does not inspire confidence in his innocence for sure. People avoid him, and he avoids them. The occasional visitors up in the mountain get a shotgun in the face. Charming. The mystery itself is quite a straightforward one: Sally and Rebecca disappear and we are clueless why. So why should you read this, I hear you ask. Let’s see. *Beautiful and vivid description of the snow covered little town. *Constant second guessing of everything. What is even real? *Spooky setting, dark woods, creepy shit lurking around the corner. Or is it? *Lucinda, who from being a scared little girl not only blossoms into an independent young woman, but becomes deputy sheriff and plays an important role in solving the mystery that impacted her whole life. *Dialogues that bite. *An intriguing sub plot, that turns everything upside down. Lyrical, yet unnerving, this story is the perfect companion for cold winter nights and spooky evenings!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Calista Andrechek

    Jonah, a professor at the local college, has his life turned upside down one day when his wife and daughter don’t return home. There is no evidence of murder or of them running away, they have just disappeared. Sally’s best friend Lucinda knows she wouldn’t just disappear after all the secrets that they have shared with one another, especially the ones about the woods and what they have seen there. But Lucinda will never tell because Sally will come back and no one would believe her anyway. As t Jonah, a professor at the local college, has his life turned upside down one day when his wife and daughter don’t return home. There is no evidence of murder or of them running away, they have just disappeared. Sally’s best friend Lucinda knows she wouldn’t just disappear after all the secrets that they have shared with one another, especially the ones about the woods and what they have seen there. But Lucinda will never tell because Sally will come back and no one would believe her anyway. As the search for his family continues, Jonah becomes the only suspect, but with no evidence, they can’t convict anyone of any crime. Wow this book, I was absolutely addicted from the moment I opened this novel right up until the ending, I didn’t want to put it down and read about 90% in one sitting because I didn’t know what happened to Jonah’s family and I needed to know. I enjoyed that the book started off right when Sally and her mother have gone missing and then it jumps to 25 years later and how people are still dealing with their disappearance. The writing just kept me so enthralled in the novel and there were so many little twists that I just couldn’t imagine who had taken the girls. I really enjoyed the chapters because it allowed me to flip through the novel so quickly and left you hanging on some of the story lines to keep you reading on further. I really enjoyed the characters in this novel as well and really felt for both Jonah and Lucinda for their different but difficult losses. I also enjoyed that Jonah wasn’t a reliable narrator and you were never really sure if what he said was actually happening or if it was a delusion. I really enjoyed that Rickstad wove together the past and present to create an ending that is a surprise!

  22. 4 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 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

  23. 5 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!

  24. 5 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)

  25. 5 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    I really enjoyed this book. Never read anything by this author, so it was totally new for me. I liked the mystery and although I had my suspicions, it didn’t disappoint when the writer revealed the mystery. But what i liked most was Jonah with the little girl. I really enjoyed the loving way he interacted with her and the way she felt save with him.

  27. 3 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.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Jessica

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

  29. 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.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Jenny Harrison

    Ominous, creepy the same old story? Or is it? I loved this book! I could not put it down. One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. Kept me guessing. Enjoy!

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