Remains Of The Dead Mass Market Paperback – Dec 4 2007
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
She wanted to prevent other families from having to deal with the horror of this job after the death of a loved one. Being the only company in Seattle that deals with this type of cleaning and being recommended by the police has made her company a success.
The only problem for Sadie is that along with cleaning up, she has also discovered that she had the ability to see and speak with the dead. Many of them not able to leave as they still are unaware that they're dead. Sadie isn't too pleased with this part, but does get a good feeling when she is able to help the spirit pass on. Unfortunately, suicides do not appear to her and that is her one regret, that she couldn't ask her brother why he committed suicide and it has haunted her for the last five years.
During what she considered a normal cleanup at the murder-suicide house of Grant and Trudy Toth, Sadie is surprised when the murdered wife appears to let her know that her husband did not kill her. Unfortunately, Sadie had helped Trudy leave a little too soon and the woman disappears before she could tell her who the real killer was.
With her ex-cop, employee Zack, as backup, Sadie is determined to right this wrong, especially when someone tries to scare her off by shooting at her and by trying to make it appear she is stealing valuables from the homes she's cleaning.
Will she be able to convince the police that Grant did not murder his wife before someone silences her for good?
Sadie, who turned the tragedy of her brother's suicide into a business that helps other people. I had never thought about this before, who did clean up after a crime. Sadie is very smart and does real investigation into solving this crime as the police have the perfect scenario for murder-suicide and don't see any reason to change it.
Zack, ex-cop, who had taken a bullet for his partner, got hooked on painkillers and resigned before they could ask for his badge after roughing up a suspect. He kicked his painkiller habit but had found it hard to get a job until Sadie came along. Very nice guy, ready to back up Sadie with advice and his gun. Not too thrilled about her talking to dead people he can't see while they're cleaning.
Pam - her best friend - special ed teacher who has helped her through her worst times.
Maeva - The psychic her sister Dawn drags her too. Maeva can talk to the dead who have already crossed over, but she has a little trouble convincing Sadie of that, even though she has a message from Grant Toth, who obviously doesn't want everyone thinking her murdered his wife either.
Sadie and Zack cleaning up a store that sells sex toys, with a son who's more worried that he can't open the next day than the fact that his father had been murdered in a robbery the night before.
Hairy - her pet rabbit who sleeps with his own little stuffed rabbit.
Good mystery, although the killer is obvious long before Sadie figures it out.
This book is able to walk that very fine line between being able to bring humor to a subject that could easily have gone off into bad taste.
The ending - the last 2-3 pages brought tears to my eyes.
The killer: As if often the case in first books, the author doesn't quite have that magic touch to hide who the killer is. As they try to lay the clues so that the ending makes sense, they haven't yet got that ability to confuse the clues enough that the real killer isn't so obvious.
For a book that I was hesitant to read, I found it to be well-written, enjoyable, humorous, without going into sick humor and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
The supernatural details are handled well -not overdone, not in our faces, but surprisingly plausible. Heroine Sadie gives a realistic "yuk" when she inadvertently touches the dead and she's gotten pretty irreverent about telling it like it is. In some ways, I was briefly reminded of the TV series, Dead Like Me, which I loved. And at the very end (do not peek!) you get a wonderful surprise.
It's rare to get a book that combines qualities of The Sixth Sense movie, the Sharon McCone mystery series (early volumes) and more. The plot and pacing are flawless - twists ad turns in just the right places.
In a few places, the writing seems a bit awkward, as though the author still learns to move her characters around. But I soon stopped paying attention because the plot held me.
And I must say I was surprised at Sadie's choice for a pet - rabbit named Hairy. Gimme a break. Even a cat would be better.
But the *worst* part is we have to wait a whole year for the next
I enjoyed the relationships between all the characters. Sadie, Zack and Sadie's best friend, Pam, compliment each other well. Sadie and Zack have great chemistry. There is definite potential there. Pam brings a lighter side. She is spunky and upbeat, but not to the point of being annoying. There is also a Medium named Maeva. I laughed out loud at the bickering between her and Sadie. I really hope Maeva shows up in future issues.
I wasn't sure what to expect with the talking ghosts, so I was pleased when the author pulled it off very nicely. There was nothing cheesy or cheap about it. The author does an excellent job with detail, so if you have a weak stomach and like to snack while reading, like I do, leave the snacks for another time! There was nothing really surprising about the mystery itself. I pretty much had it figured out by the middle of the book. However, it was an entertaining read getting to the conclusion. There was a surprising twist at the end. Looking back, the author did drop clues about it, but I failed to put two and two together. I am not going to say anything else about it, as I don't want to give anything away. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that I have to wait a whole year for the next book in the series.
For those that it matters, this book is written in third person.
First of all, the Ghost Dusters aspect immediately takes away from the seriousness of the profession this character was engaged in. If this had remained more on the serious side of the mystery novel equation, it would have stood a better chance of remaining interesting despite the heroine who seemed to have a split personality. One minute she was kidding and joking around with her male employee and thinking of him in physical, personal ways and within four or five pages was incensed that he might not remember he was an employee and she was the boss. Actually, he acted entirely properly in each situation, it was the female lead who had all the problems. And did I ever get tired of all her problems! Can you really spend five years fixating on the suicide of your brother (and the majority of a novel) and then within a few paragraphs decide you are over that and it's time to move on? In every situation Sadie Novak flip-flopped on the issues. It was extremely disconcerting for me. I never could empathize with her because she kept changing her position. In this day and age is it actually possible for Sadie to have seriously thought that she was the only person with paranormal abilities? Please! And just how many times can you read about a heroine literally drowning her personal problems in alcohol and watch her suffer the consequences without giving up on that character?
I think this book had a very interesting premise which could have made for an extremely interesting novel. Quite frankly I think the ghosts Sadie talked to were pretty much a wasted element in the story. She was so slow to pick up on the clues given to her by the ghost who counted the most that it was very frustrating to read about. And I had this one solved before page 100. That's horrible! And another horrible thing: that whole episode with the porno store was completely useless and a total waste of my valuable reading time. It had absolutely nothing to do with the story. Evidently it was thrown in as a way to talk about sex toys and maybe to add page length to the book. I gave this book a rating of 2 stars because it was extremely obvious where the author had received technical help or done research on the subject of crime scene clean-up and those portions were of interest to me. I honestly think she should have kept this story in a much more serious vein to maximize the potential of this subject matter.
Because I wanted to like this series I found myself making apologies for the characters that were strongly present in the beginning and then dumped for a large portion of the book only to be resurrected (no pun intended) at the end. The porno shop was silly and didn't add anything essential to the plot or the characters.
The culprit was easily detected and whereas I thought that Sadies first encounter with Trudy was great; I was appalled at how dense Sadie was when it came to communicating with the ghost. I kept wanting her to be more sensible and smarter but after awhile I gave up and concentrated on Maeva. The one bright spot was Maeva and if the series had centered around her I would consider reading the next book.
I did not cry at the last two pages because I was too busy rolling my eyes at the sappiness.