Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

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

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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Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have just spent the whole day reading this book, because once I had started there really was no point at which I could put it down. Thank goodness it is a Saturday, and I could forego all normal obligations.

It is a very clever book, which is tense, but never oppressively so. It has you trying to decide what is memory, what is assumption, who can you believe, and what twist will come next? There are hints, but there is also a definite suggestion that there is a lot more to any one person's truth.

The writing is so precise, flowing so easily through the narrative, keeping us attuned to Aarav's thinking and his viewpoint. Creating the doubt, as he is clearly troubled, but filling in blanks using his family and neighbours. I loved the side-line in crazy rich neighbours and their antics, which all feed into his rational and irrational thoughts on what happened to his beloved mother.

Perfect escapism, thank you so much, Nalini Singh.

3.5 stars

This psychological thriller brings readers a completely new side of one of my favourite urban fantasy writers. Instead of fantasy, this book serves gritty suburban realism as it probes the complicated relationships between a group of wealthy neighbours. The story’s narrator is Aarav Rai, a successful crime writer who has returned to his childhood home while recovering from an injury. When his mother’s body is found, Aarav attempts to piece together the events leading up to her death several years ago.

This is a completely new genre for Nalini Singh. I enjoyed elements of this book. Aarav is a fabulous unreliable narrator and I love the way readers are forced to confront the inconsistencies in his story while he investigates his neighbours. I like the affluent suburban setting and I even enjoyed the juicy gossip and dark secrets that slowly come to light.

Perhaps my expectations are too high. I’m used to consistently excellent writing from Nalini Singh. The author is urban fantasy royalty for a reason. This story lacks some of the polish I expect from Singh. The plot wanders and the pace lags at times. There are too many characters, suspects, and details for readers to follow easily. None of the characters are particularly likeable or relatable. My attention wandered at times. In attempting to write a clever book in a more mainstream genre, the author has lost some of the warmth, the humanity, and the storytelling that usually makes Singh’s stories so satisfying.



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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh to read and review.

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