Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh is a beautifully written thriller set in New Zealand that has so much potential. While the writing is descriptive and interesting, the plot moves very slowly. It has a unique concept with an intriguing main character, however, this is one book that just didn’t thrill me.

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini SinghTitle: Quiet in Her Bones
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

In this gripping thriller set in New Zealand, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes you into the twisted world of an exclusive cul-de-sac located on the edge of a sprawling forest.

My mother vanished ten years ago.
So did a quarter of a million dollars in cash.
Thief. Bitch. Criminal.
Now, she's back.
Her bones clothed in scarlet silk.

When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband. But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that's housed the same influential families for decades.

The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago. Her son Aarav heard a chilling scream that night, and he's determined to uncover the ugly truth that lives beneath the moneyed elegance...but no one is ready for the murderous secrets about to crawl out of the dark.

Even the dead aren't allowed to break the rules in this cul-de-sac.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

The setting of the novel is entrancing and perfectly sets the stage for a mystery. The author has such a wonderful style and the descriptions of the woods and the New Zealand scenery are gorgeous. Sometimes it just felt a bit too much description and not enough of the fast-paced thriller that I was hoping for.

❀ Unreliable Narrator

Aarav is a character that is very hard to enjoy. He is pretentious and self-absorbed, as well as being an unreliable narrator. I did, however, find myself empathizing with his grief and the need to uncover what happened to his mother. That being said, it was hard to root for Aarav, which affected my enjoyment of the novel.

❀ A descriptive mystery

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh is one to try if you enjoy mysteries that are more descriptive and characters that are unreliable. The book definitely kept me guessing, although the slow pacing turned me off. I do believe that this is a book that will be enjoyable for some.

About Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the frozen landscapes of Antarctica, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.   Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. You can contact her directly through her website. While visiting the site, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as fun exclusive extras, including free short stories set in her worlds.


About Lori

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15 thoughts on “Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

  1. Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse says:

    I’ve heard good thing about this author, but never tried their books. I was hoping it would be higher rated, but I get the pacing thing. I am not a fan of overly descriptive writing or slow paced thrillers. Great review!

  2. Bonnie says:

    What an intriguing book! I have enjoyed reading other books by Nalini Singh and have added this one to my tbr list.

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