Remains by Andrew Cull Book Review

I am so behind on reviews and everything. Sorry everyone. Here is a five star review of a dark and dread-filled book. And if you're wondering if I've been body snatched, what with all of these good reviews lately, don't worry I have a DNF post coming soon, haha.

Remains by Andrew Cull

Released August 2019

Dark Fiction  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon 

Source: Received for Review Consideration
Grief is a black house.

How far would you go? What horrors would you endure if it meant you might see the son you thought you'd lost forever?

Driven to a breakdown by the brutal murder of her young son, Lucy Campbell had locked herself away, fallen deep inside herself, become a ghost haunting room 23b of the William Tuke Psychiatric Hospital.

There she'd remained, until the whispering pulled her back, until she found herself once more sitting in her car, calling to the son she had lost, staring into the black panes of the now abandoned house where Alex had died.

Tonight, someone is watching her back. 

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“She stepped over the threshold and the house swallowed her whole.”

Remains is a heavy book. It is bleak and emotional and it will haunt you. It’s unrelenting in its pain and is an excellent exploration of the hellpit of grief. If you’ve read Hunter Shea’s CREATURE and/or Kealan Patrick Burke’s BLANKY, which both explore anguish and grief manifesting in unimaginable ways, you’ll have an idea of the type of mood I’m talking about.

From the moment I began Remains I was hooked. I’m a sucker for creepy atmosphere and the author sets that up in the first paragraph. It was also loosely based, in part, on recorded true events making it all the more unnerving. It starts out at a creeping pace as the reader is introduced to Lucy who is checking herself out of an institution against her doctor’s wishes. We are quickly entrenched in her grief soaked world but we don’t know her story yet. Small bits of Lucy’s reality are revealed and probably because I’m so nosy, I felt a compulsion to keep reading just one more page to discover more – even when I knew that more was going to be bad for my emotional state.

I read this book in two days which is a rare thing for me unless I’m listening on audio. I guess I’m a sucker for a deeply moving and disturbing story and this delivered on both counts. I’m reluctant to say too much about the actual plot because, as mentioned, the entire story is delivered in slow reveals and I don’t want to spoil any of them. Just know that once the truth is revealed it is HORRIBLE, I mean, it is one of the absolute worst things a person can experience, and the terrible thing that plays back in a few scenes will likely be hard to wash from your brain.

This book is about a house that may or may not be haunted and a woman who is most definitely haunted and if you read it I’m betting you’ll be haunted too. I know it’s going to linger with me for quite a while. This is the kind of horror novel that will break your heart and leave you bleeding from the emotional trauma long after the last page is turned. Prepare thyself!

5 out of 5


  1. Great review and yep, it's going on my TBR. Can't wait to see which book you DNF'ed.

    1. This book was so excellent. Really emotionally grueling though. I have three DNF's mini's to post. I'm trying to be better about being a quitter.

  2. Luckily, I don't have books I *have* to read but I'm behind on everything too. I just can't get in that reading/blogging groove right now.

    I'm glad you found a book that sucked you in and left you wrecked after you finished.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. I hope I can read at least one of my TBR pile before 2019 ends *cries*. It's been all reviews all year long. I've been picky though and it's worked out well for me.

  3. That sounds like an emotionally, moving book.

    1. It really was. I think that's one of the best kinds of horror.

  4. A good DNF helps reduce the pile so embrace it! *giggles* Like Barb, I look forward to seeing which is the book of shame!

    1. Haha, you're right. I'm trying to get better about it but it SO HARD!

  5. A moving horror read sounds so odd from this genre. You've got me curious!

    1. It's a gut punch and filled with emotional torment.


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