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.Title: Quiet in Her Bones
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
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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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
If you enjoy mysteries that are more descriptive and characters that are unreliable, Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh is one to try. 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.