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Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley on February 4, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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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.
Quiet in Her Bones is a different genre than her long established series. Nalini Singh seems to be branching out into these mystery thrillers which are standalone and I’m really enjoying it. The story is set in New Zealand (as was the previous one) and includes some different cultural groups.
Our point of view for the story is Aarav who is an adult, a newly famous mystery writer, and back at his childhood home recovering from a car accident with a broken foot. His mother has been missing for ten years and now her body is found, quite nearby in the bush. Aarav gets to work on investigating how she could have died based on his scattered memories and digging for information with people in the neighborhood.
Arrav has a head injury from his accident and is taking some medication. He is obviously smart but seems unsure of his memories at times, from the past and the present. He doggedly works at piecing together facts to get at the truth. He feels like an unreliable narrator and that isn’t something I usually enjoy. Somehow he manages to gather evidence though and I didn’t forget the facts, even when he did.
There were plenty of suspects, nefarious happenings in the neighborhood and secrets people wanted to keep. There is quite a study of human nature in some ways. At some points, it was easy to think his father, various neighbors or even Aarav were responsible for her death. With Aarav, it would be an accident of some sort though. In spite of her flaws, he loved his mother. In the thrilling ending, Aarav solves her murder with someone no one suspects, even the police.
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