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What Remains

By: Wendy Walker

ISBN: 979-8200872527

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Publication Date: 06/13/2022

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR (ARC)


She saved his life. Now he‘ll never let her go.

Detective Elise Sutton is drawn to cold cases. Each crime is a puzzle to solve, pulled from the past. Elise looks for cracks in the surface and has become an expert on how murderers slip up and give themselves away. She has dedicated her life to creating a sense of order, at work with her ex-marine partner; at home with her husband and two young daughters; and within, battling her own demons. Elise has everything under control, until one afternoon, when she walks into a department store and is forced to make a terrible choice: to save one life, she will have to take another.

Elise is hailed as a hero, but she doesn’t feel like one. Steeped in guilt, and on a leave of absence from work, she’s numb, even to her husband and daughters, until she connects with Wade Austin, the tall man whose life she saved. But Elise soon realizes that he isn’t who he says he is. In fact, Wade Austin isn’t even his real name. The tall man is a ghost, one who will set off a terrifying game of cat and mouse, threatening Elise and the people she loves most.

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“‘What would you do?’ asks this searing thriller in its opening pages. And then, just a few chapters later, another question, more unnerving: ‘What would you do now?’ Most novels would’ve quit by this point, but most novels aren’t written by Wendy Walker, whose earlier stories of psychological suspense — humane, inquisitive, and sinister, often in the same sentence — showcased a rare talent. In WHAT REMAINS, Walker smashes that showcase to rubble. I can’t recall the last time a thriller kept me so alert, as though the muzzle of a gun were pressed to my temple. While the novel rotates through assorted genres (cop drama, psychological suspense, stalker scares — each meticulously evoked and arranged), this is from beginning to end absolutely splendid storytelling, a book to entertain, to immerse, and to challenge.”

—AJ Finn, New York Times Bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“WHAT REMAINS starts with a dilemma and develops into a terrifying ordeal for Detective Elise Sutton as she tries to untangle a deadly web of lies and deceit. Finely crafted characters, great plotting and so much tension you’ll have trouble catching your breath. This is Wendy Walker at her best!”

—BA Paris, New York Times Bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

“In addition to being a heart-pounding page turner, Wendy Walker’s WHAT REMAINS is an exploration of love and fidelity and of the secrets that bind us and tear us apart. The engine that keeps us riveted is not simply the masterful plot but our empathy for Walker’s complex characters as they test the fragility of the ties that tether them to not only the ones they love but to their own identities. A gorgeous and compelling emotional thriller.”

—Jean Kwok, New York Times Bestselling author of Finding Sylvie Lee

“Perfectly plotted and beautifully written, I was gripped from the first page.”

—Alice Feeney, New York Times Bestselling author of Daisy Darker

“A twisted game of obsession and secrets, WHAT REMAINS is the story of detective Elise Sutton who finds herself face to face with a mass shooter. What follows is the unraveling of trauma – not just detective Sutton’s, but the others in the store that day. However, one of the shoppers wasn’t who he claimed to be and begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that draws Detective Sutton away from those she trusts the most. WHAT REMAINS starts with a bang – literally – and doesn’t let you go until the final, exquisite resolution. This book is Wendy Walker at her best!”

—Julie Clark, New York Times Bestselling author of The Lies I Tell

“I couldn’t put this book down once I started. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first page to the shocking conclusion, Wendy Walker’s WHAT REMAINS is an addictive, immersive, propulsive thriller. Not only is Walker at the top of her game, she is absolutely one of the genre’s best.”

—Jennifer Hillier, USA Today Bestselling author of Things We Do In the Dark

“Incredibly tense, utterly authentic, and endlessly intriguing – I dare you to put this book down.”

—Catherine Ryan Howard, International Bestselling author of 56 Days

About the Author

Wendy Walker is the author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not Forgotten, Emma In the Night, The Night Before, Don’t Look For Me and American Girl. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages, topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad, and have been optioned for both television and film.

Wendy holds degrees from Brown University and Georgetown Law School, and has worked in finance and several areas of the law. As a former family law attorney with training in child advocacy, Wendy draws from her knowledge of trauma and psychology to write compelling and complex characters and stories. WEBSITE

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