Those That Remain By Rob Ashman

Lucas is coasting towards retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.  Three years ago, they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that the sadistic killer is compelled to commit. Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside of the law.  But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?  Soon Lucas will learn that the truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might have to put his life on the line… 

Lucas is coasting towards retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch. 

Three years ago, they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that the sadistic killer is compelled to commit.

Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside of the law. 

But who can he trust and who is Mechanic? 

Soon Lucas will learn that the truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might have to put his life on the line… 

Those that Remain is a one of the highest quality debut novels I have read, and not only that it is the start of a trilogy...

The book is written mostly from the perspective of the teams uncovering's, who are working with Lucas to find out who the Mechanic is and why have the killings started after a three year gap! I particularly liked his partner Bassano, not only did they make a great team, the character combination seemed an effortless read, and they gelled so well together.

Lucas is clear and precise in his thinking and is engaging. He wants to stop the Mechanic as quickly as possible, especially as each targeted family is a multi hit.

I was soon immersed in the storylines with the gritty and assured nature of the murders and although told mostly from Police Perspective it isn't dripping in details of technicalities.

This truly is an exceptional read, with a serial killer with a fascinating way of hunting the victims. which kept me involved with the plot and hooked all the way through.


This book is an impressive debut novel, and it isn't often that the first book in a series gets a 5 star rating, as you know the next will have the layers of intrigue set, but this is so clever, devious and twisty, that it deserves a 5 star and to be a best seller... an author to watch out for! and a publisher to keep a look out for more new exciting reads.