Review: What Remains by Wendy Walker


Release date: June 13, 2023

Publisher: Blackstone

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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.


The tagline here really drew me in, the thought of saving someone’s life and then they become obsessed with you sounded so thrilling and exciting to me. Unfortunately I didn’t find this one to be thrilling or exciting in the end though. Elsie is a police officer and I normally love procedurals but this one read as very dry and repetitive for me. There were shades of How to Get Away With Murder that kept me reading but ultimately things fell flat in the end. I have really loved the authors other books so will definitely be reading her in the future but this was a miss for me.

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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