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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,709 ratings  ·  393 reviews
The Remains is a thrilling story of twin girls and a terrible attack. Vowing to keep it a secret the two grow up struggling with their past and their belief in God. Thirty years later their attacker is released from prision. One of the twins is dead from cancer, the remaining twin must face her biggest fear and face a killer who wants her dead. The Remains will test your f ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Wesscott Marketing (first published June 23rd 2010)
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 Li'l Owl
Now you see the devil. Now you don't.

March 2008
Green Haven Prison
Stormville, New York

As the final gate opens, the suited, middle-aged superintendent comes forward to greet the now former inmate Whalen.
“Do yourself a favor,” the super says. “Keep a low profile in Albany. It won’t be a pleasant experience for you. Even after thirty years, people have a way of remembering.”
Whalen bows his bald, scarred head, big eyes peering down at the painted concrete floor. “Cry, cry, cry,” he murmurs.
“Exc
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Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Remains
by Vincent Zandri
This was certainly a suspenseful thriller! Twins abducted as children but escaped from him and never told anyone. The guy went to prison for another crime for 30 years. Those 30 years are up and he is out!
A savant is drawing pictures of her past and her nightmares with warnings written in the paintings! I really liked the plot and characters!
Brenda
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cry, cry, cry little kittens…..

Joseph Whalen had been in prison for thirty years – a sexual predator, it was hoped he would die in prison, but the day had finally arrived – he was a free man, albeit with a lot of conditions attached.

Rebecca Underhill was in her early forties and ran the Albany Art Centre with her friend and partner Robyn. One of their on-site artists was a man named Franny Scaramuzzi who was an autistic savant; his work was amazing, his talent sought after. The thirty year anni
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Giovanni Gelati
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don’t have an ereader so I had to borrow one from a friend of one of my daughters to read this. I had never held one before, let alone used one before this. I liked it. That’s for another post though. The main focus of the post is to impart my enjoyment of Vincent Zandri’s The Remains. If you follow Mr. Zandri at all you know he is not an overnight sensation as some have painted him with the success of this novel. He has The Remains at the top of the Kindle charts and I am sure it is going to ...more
Brenda
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Remains by Vincent Zandri is one of those books that starts out great and just keeps getting better,this was my first chance to read anything he has written, and I am now his newest fan!

Rebecca Underhill and her twin sister Molly were only twelve years old when they were abducted and held hostage by a man whose house sat in the woods behind their house. After three horrendous hours they were able to escape. They decided to keep it a secret, because they wanted to protect their parents. Short
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Cheryl
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-read
The Remains by Vincent Zandri
Publisher StoneHouse Ink
ISBN 0982770502
ISBN 13: 9780982770504
At the request of Pump Up Your Book, an EBook edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from PUYB): 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 kee
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Jessica
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I can sum up my thoughts on this book in three very simple words. Masterful. Suspenseful. Amazing.

Before I found this book on Pump Up Your Book Promotions, I had never heard of Vincent Zandri or his other popular books. Can I please say that I am so glad that this has been remedied? From the moment I turned on my Nook and read the first page of The Remains, I was hooked. Completely and utterly committed to finishing this entire book in one sitting no matter what else was going on around me. So,
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Sharon
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Vincent Zandri's "The Remains" is a thriller of the first water. As noted in the title, I finished it in a single night; I simply could not stop reading!

Zandri's protagonist is Rebecca Underhill, an art instructor. As a young teenager, she and her late sister, Molly, were abducted by one Joseph William Whalen ... who is released from prison at the beginning of the book. Contemporary with that event, Rebecca starts getting mysterious text messages that either say just her name or "Remember."

On to
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Benjamin Sobieck
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: hard-boiled crime, thriller or paranormal fans
I don't throw around the word "Hitchcockian" a lot, because I think it's overused and cliche. But if any book I've read deserves it, it's this one. The atmosphere Zandri creates from the get-go is pitch perfect. The characters are believable and the mystery is gripping to say the least.

What struck me the most was the originality of the plot. An autistic savant starts painting pictures of a crime committed 30 years. It turns out his art teacher was the victim. What's going on here? I'm not reveal
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Paulette
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Story of twin sisters abducted thirty years ago by a man who lived on a neighboring farm and held for three terrifying hours. They vowed to keep this secret from their parents. The attacker was sent to prison (for another crime) and their story has remained a secret between them ever since. Molly has passed away from cancer and Rebecca begins to receive strange text messages. All these years, they thought the attacker had died in prison. Now, Rebecca finds out he is not only alive, but has been ...more
Angela
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Teenagers Rebecca and Molly Underhill are abducted by a man in the woods near their home. After several hours of torture, the girls manage to escape. They never speak of it to anyone except each other.
Thirty years later and the memories return, along with anonymous texts and haunting paintings. Is that monster back or is Rebecca losing her mind?
This is an excellent fast paced thriller. I could not put it down.
I continued to think about the characters and the story even after I had finished t
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T.   Petrov Pavlova
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Remains was my first Kindle book for I prefer regular books, and I must say I am glad I decided to read it.
I was hooked to the story from the very beginning, the letter Rebecca Rose Underhill writes to her sister Molly was the hook which with its mystery captivated my attention till the very end of the book.
Instead of telling the story, I will highly recommend it to all who like mystery and absorbing read.
The Remains by Vincent Zandri, it is a must!!!
I absolutely love the book.


hannah davies
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

What a great book really enjoyed from start to finish. Loved the build up of suspense all though the book just wanted to keep reading more.
Mary
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mary by: My next door neighbor
For years, the Underhill twins had repeatedly been warned to never walk through the woods alone. The rumor was that a serial killer lived there - someone who had reputedly murdered his entire family. While Rebecca Underhill may have taken such warnings to heart, her twin sister Molly had always had a more rebellious nature. Besides, the sisters had always felt safe walking through the woods, and they figured that as long as they were together - they could handle whatever came their way.

That beli
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DKAY
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I was so glad to get a chance to read this book for review. I actually had been waiting for it since I read "Moonlight Falls" in May. "The Remains" is the second book by Vincent Zandri that I have read and so far I have loved them both. He is a great writer and really knows how to keep you in suspense. The characters have plenty of detail and the story is told well. This book is easily read and moves along at a pretty fast pace and is suitable for young adults as well. I started reading this boo ...more
Theresa
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Stephen King or just a good thriller!
Vincent Zandri is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I had read "Moonlight Falls" (see my review here) and loved it. My expectations were high for this book, but Mr. Zandri left me breathless when he surpassed all my expectations with "The Remains"!

"The Remains" is a suspenseful and downright chilling tale that absolutely captivated me from the beginning. When I picked the book up, my intention was only to read a chapter or two, and go to sleep. Half way through the book, I discovered
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Heath Lowrance
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As young girls, Rebecca and her sister Molly lived through a nightmare abduction, held captive by a madman for three agonizing hours. They only barely escaped. For thirty years they kept this to themselves, a secret bond between sisters, until Molly died of cancer. Now, Rebecca carries the burden by herself.
But the nightmare isn’t over. When she begins getting threatening texts and messages, Rebecca learns that the madman who tormented her and her sister is free, and looking to clear up unfinish
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Karen B.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great suspense

This was one of those novels, that once begun, it was hard to put down Rebecca slowly draws the reader into the story of her twin sister and a terrible secret they kept of their encounter they had with a terrible man thirty years earlier. Not only is Rebecca haunted by the pressure of keeping the secret, but also the pain of having lost her twin ten years earlier. As the 30th year anniversary date of that abduction approaches, Rebecca begins to receive untraceable text messages. Sh
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Dorothy
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Before I read The Remains I had never heard of Vincent Zandri . But after reading this book I am a huge fan.
I just loved everything about the book the artwork on the cover fits perfectly with the story line.
The plot is intense creepy scary and believable, yes believable I love creepy and scary story lines but most the time they are not believable. I think that is what really makes this book good. Kind of a thriller horror story.
The characters are strong and realistic and the plot is good.
I was
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Bri Clark
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Vincent Zandri is just one of those men who has the capacity of taking the English language and manipulating it into a tongue that is mesmorizing. He creates characters, stories and worlds that simply speak for themselves. Having read Zandri's other books I'm pretty confident that this was an accidental romantic suspense book. However, it only adds to the beauty of his novel. Read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Authors Honor.
Barbara Sanders
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read!

I was hesitant at first, but once I got into the story I could not put it down. This is very well written and I enjoyed the characters as much as the suspenseful story line. Add this to your must read list today!
Brooke BURKETT
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Very suspenseful and constantly moving. I thought the story point was terrifying and totally believable! You will check your windows and doors after this book! Cheers!!
Emma Clapperton
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It was fast paced and very gripping. Sad at the end but rounded off nicely. Would read more of this author.
Teresa
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I couldn't put this down except for bathroom breaks! It made my heart race!

I read the second book of this series, The Ashes, first a couple of years ago and loved it! I , finally bought The Remains a couple of weeks ago and decided to read them in order because, a little birdy told me there was going to be a book three! The Remains is so awesome, I would never believe the author could top it! Rebecca Underhill, a sometime artist and gallery owner is struggling through her life after the dea
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Jay Williams
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a thriller full of suspense. It's much like a movie in which the monster never dies. The story has both heartwarming and tragic events, but keeps you enthralled to the very end. I finished the book in one setting, because it is one of those you cannot put down without checking the next page. The ending is about closure for everyone involved, and proves to be very satisfying. Definitely worth another read.
Heidi
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Very well written book. I very much enjoyed the way the story flowed. It grabbed my attention from the get go and kept it throughout the book. I finished the book in less than one day. Once you start to read, you don't want to put the book down. It is not an edge-of-your seat thriller, but it definitely is one that stays with you. To that is what makes a good mystery or any book, one that you remember what you have read.
Rose VanDee
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner

I first chose to read this as I grew up in upstate NY much further than the setting here but I could still picture the abanonded house in the woods very typical where I am from The story captivates you as you keep reading trying to find out what happened to the little girls As a twin my heart was squeezed by this story
Gmaharriet
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always know when a book has really grabbed me, as my barefoot toes will be tightly curled, and I don't even realize it until my toes ache badly. This was one of those, and I was so afraid of what was going to happen next that I was afraid to turn the page and find out. One of those books where you want to scream to the hero(ine) "Lookout behind you!". Very well done!!!
Jessie Mckissick
Gripping and intense!

This novel hit me hard. I, too, have an identical twin sister and I felt like I was captivated by the similarities between us. The fear was so real and the plot so complicated with all the twists and turns, that the ending almost made me drop my Kindle. Loved it.
Coreen Arioto
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The remains

What a wonderful book, it kept me on the edge of every page . I loved the characters, they were written like they could be your friends. The mystery that was woven throughout the story it kept everything in balance
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Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and No. 1 AMAZON KINDLE bestselling author of more than 20 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONL ...more
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