The Remains by Vincent Zandri
About the book:
Thirty years ago, teenager Rebecca Underhill and her twin sister Molly were abducted by a man who lived in a house in the woods behind their upstate New York farm. They were held inside that house for three horrifying hours, until making their daring escape. Vowing to keep their terrifying experience a secret in order to protect their mother and father, the girls tried to put the past behind them. And when their attacker was hunted down by police and sent to prison, they believed he was as good as dead. Now, it's 30 years later, and with Molly having passed away from cancer, Rebecca, a painter and art teacher, is left alone to bear the burden of a secret that has only gotten heavier and more painful with each passing year. But when Rebecca begins receiving some strange anonymous text messages, she begins to realize that the monster who attacked her all those years ago is not dead after all. He's back, and this time, he wants to do more than just haunt her. He wants her dead.
The Remains was not at all what I was expecting. I was very disappointed with it - both story-wise and content-wise. It seemed to take a long time to get to the main part of the story and it wasn't until I was around 60% done that it started to really grab my attention.
I had found this book when I was searching Christianbook.com, so I had thought it was Christian Fiction and would be a clean read - I was wrong. I was shocked to come across quite a few swear words in The Remains (the f-word, h-word, and possibly others that I overlooked) and by all the times God's name was used irreverently. There really didn't seem to be anything Christian about this novel, so I have no idea why it's for sale at Christianbook.
Truth be told, I really have nothing positive to say about The Remains because, even though the story was interesting at times, overall it wasn't that great and there were just too many things I didn't like. I do not recommend this book.
*I did not get this book for review. Regrettably, I purchased my copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*