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In the Barren Ground

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,589 ratings  ·  327 reviews
In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.

Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn’t mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320.
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Montlake Romance
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4.25 STARS


Not for the faint-hearted. Dark, gruesome, brutal, disturbing. Very intense and atmospheric. It sucks you in and transports you to another weird Twin Peaks-Fargo-like back of beyond world.

Fantastic writing. Excellent characterization. Strong, relatable characters. Unique, gripping story line.

Romance is almost non-existent but the crumbs I was thrown here and there were absolutely enough for me.

Loreth Anne White has officially become my favorite author.

It was my love for In the Waning Light that convinced me I had to read more from Loreth Anne White. Let me tell you, she is one heck of a storyteller. She really took her time piecing together an intricate plot with this one. A dark and atmospheric mystery, set in a frigid and often frightening location; I had chills the entire time.

Tana is a 24-year-old rookie cop in the small and very remote town of Twin Rivers in Northern Canada. Let me make this clear - she is the only cop. Can you imagine
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: R/S readers
3.75 stars

I was in love with everything about this story up until the villain was revealed, then the story sort of deflated in that area for me. Although I struggled with buying into that part of the story, I loved everything else: the strong atmospheric feel of the setting, the slowly developing friendship between the main characters, the writing style, and how the loose ends were tied up in the final chapter. This author has a way of creating heroines that I strongly favor!

This story was the
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Wow, I really enjoyed this one!

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review and it's one of the best books I've read this month. I was pulled into the lives of the characters and the suspense plot of who or what had killed these young women (plus 1 man) and left their bodies to mother nature's scavengers.

Tana has had a rough life when she finds herself as the only RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in a northern region of Canada. She doesn't believe in herself and she
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Thank God I’ve read this book in July!!!! I was feeling freezing all the same!!! You must know that I hate cold, so I kept asking myself why people would live there all the time!!!!

Anyhow, the descriptions of the frozen ambient here were fantastic! You could feel the fog rising, the snow falling, the wind blowing, the temperature dropping… Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

The story is a mix of horror and crime-mystery.

Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is the first book that I’ve read of Loreth Anne White. I did not know what to expect from her writing or whether In the Barren Ground would be more thriller than romance. I personally would not put this book in the romantic suspense section. It was ALL thriller and horror, and a teeny tiny bit of romance. If you are queasy about gore, you might want to stay away. The crime scenes were descriptive and unsettling.

The setting of the book was fantastic! It was wild, isolated and utterly
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Tana Larsson is a young Royal Mountie policewoman, the lone law enforcement officer in the small town of Twin Rivers, way up in northern Canada. Five months pregnant and looking to heal from past errors, she doesn’t mind the isolated post, but her situation becomes very complicated when two research students are brutally killed by what appears to be animals. As details come to light, Tana questions whether it was just an animal attack. Delving into this mystery is a dangerous business,
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The complexity of which this author writes always astounds me. When you start the book its like a jumbled up jig saw puzzle. It doesnt make a lot of sense. Her characters are this way too. In the beginning when being introduced to a wealth of characters you tend to form an opinion on them as the heroine does. As the story goes along and puzzle pieces snap into place you see your first impressions were wrong. This was the case with the hero. It was also the case with the first deaths Rookie cop ...more
After her lover committed suicide, Tana fell into a deep dark depression during which she found comfort in the beds of strangers. Now after a hook-up with a married superior she is pregnant and unwilling to get an abortion. Her last chance for redemption is a remote town in the Barrens close to the Arctic Circle. As the only police presence in a town that's often cut off from the outside world she is isolated and untrusted.

When two biologists are killed, everyone is convinced it's a tragic
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoyed this unusual thriller. At first I considered abandoning it because the main character, Constable Larson, was very hard to like. She was judgemental, intolerant, and downright prickly. However, as the story progressed it became clear that she was also courageous, smart, and compassionate. She had a pretty big pile of baggage that she was carting around.
One of the things that makes this story unusual is the setting, the far north. Also, the author uses an
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tana Larsson comes to be the new cop in a tiny Canadian town near the arctic circle. She almost immediately has to investigate the mauling deaths of a couple of student researchers. As she investigates, Tana comes to the conclusion that there is more to the deaths than being attacked by a bear or wolves. And then she discovers there are several deaths from earlier years that are suspiciously similar.

There are legends passed down by the native locals of an ancient creature who eviscerates and
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Having read several of Loreth Anne White's books I have come to expect something different than the normal romantic-suspense genre and In the Barren Ground does not disappoint. The characters are fully developed and not your standard H/h variety either. The setting, Twin Rivers, the Barrens, two degrees south of the Arctic acts as another character in this dark, twisted tale.

Rookie Constable Tana Larsson has been
Eva • All Books Considered
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

ETA: Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 4 STARS

This is the first book I've read from this author but it won't be the last because I completely loved this! It was super spooky and there were twists and turns that kept me invested and not wanting to put this down. The character development was excellent. Now to talk about probably the most unique part of this book and my favorite thing: the setting and amazing descriptions of being in such a setting. While I have
Stephen Clynes
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rookie cop Tana Larsson is the only RCMP officer manning Twin Rivers, which has a population of 320. Her patch is in the Northwest Territories and covers some 17,500 square miles, a huge area for a single police officer to service. A call comes in reporting the fatal wolf mauling of two students in a remote area of this barren wilderness.

In the Barren Ground is a great mixture of a story. There is suspense, mystery, gothic elements, romance and a regular tale of police procedures that you get in
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great twisty whodunnit story.
But towards the end the heroine got a bit overdramatic and I just skimmed towards the ending.

Still, the unique plot and story line scored a 4Stars.
Farah ファラ
Constable Tana Larsson, a 24 year old beat cop with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was sent to work [to fail] at the Northwest Territories, near the Arctic Circle. She was the only officer in charged, covering the jurisdiction of 17,500 square miles and up against the weather, wildlife, locals, misogynist - racist supervisors. As if she had not enough on her plate, the clever author decided to add in some questionable deaths for her to investigate. The romance content was on the low fat side ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a binge reading session of Loreth Anne White romantic suspense books lately. I had been avoiding this one because I thought the setting and all the wilderness stuff wouldn't really be my thing. Wrong. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this. Quite gruesome and unsettling in places. Completely unpredictable. I really had no clue as to the identity of the villain until it was revealed. Very light on the romance but heavy on the suspense. Excellent audiobook narration. I've read ...more
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

An excellent and intriguing read from start to finish. The eerie atmosphere and the desolate setting created by the author added to the tension and creep factor of the story. I really love a whodunit story and this one kept me guessing right up to the reveal but it also had that little something extra that kept me glued to the pages as the story unfolded. While I was anxious to find out who the killer was, I was just as engrossed in the story as the chase.

In the Barren Ground is a
Sheyla ✎
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, netgalley

4.5 Fangs

For, in the Barrens of the soul monsters take toll

Excellent story!! Nail bitting to the very last page! I'm so happy I was approved for it early.

When Tana Larsson is sent to Twin Rivers as her new police post, she welcomes the change. She needed a new start for her and her unborn child. But, she is having a hard time making the population warm up to her. After all, she is a stranger. Tana's past is full of mistakes and pain. The last mistake she made is in her belly now. Yet, Tana
I never know what I’m going to get each time I start a Loreth Anne White novel. Every book of hers is a mixed bag of treasures and I’ve learned that appreciating her books is akin to appreciating crime fiction: the rush comes from getting lost in the intricate mystery and the horrific details of the crimes and the whodunnit guessing games rather than getting vested in its characters that are like chess pieces, moved around to suit the author's purposes.

The cold, brutal violence is what hits you
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it, as always!

I fell in love with Loreth Anne White's writing when I read A Dark Lure. It was so unbelievably atmospheric and sensual and raw and terrifying. I read it - captivated - wishing only for more.

In the Barren Ground is a bit of a departure, in that it's mostly mystery and there is barely any romance or sex. It's as if White is pulling an Iris Johansen, and pulling out of writing
Julie  Webb
So I get to be Debbie Downer. Apparently this is a much loved author with a fan base. I have never read her previous books. I can only hope they are better than this.

I would classify this as a crime or mystery with a little romance thrown in but the real reason for the two star review is that the book didn't really take off until about 2/3-3/4 of the way through, the characters are fairly unlikable, and (the real crux) it has some cliche racist undertones. One of her characters renamed himself
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I absolutely loved this wonderfully spooky horror story. Inuit legends come to life as winter sets in an isolated arctic community. For new RCMP officer Tana, the grizzly murder of two university researchers is the first sign of trouble in her new community. As the lone law enforcement officer in an increasingly threatening environment, Tana must choose where to place her trust. And for most of this story, everyone is suspect.
Joanne Robertson
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 *

Having loved the last two books by Loreth Anne White, this new book was top of my wishlist! And whilst I did enjoy it, it didn't blow me away like In The Waning Light did. The slow start is also one of the most gruesome I have read recently which redeemed it slightly in my eyes. But I did struggle to connect with the storyline here, as although it was the usual cleverly complex plot, it just didn't gel with me. Totally personal, I know, but again I didn't connect with Tana and
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I apologize in advance for my non professional review. I just like to read. This one set me on my butt. I read a reviewers comment about how Loreth Anne White starts of like a jigsaw and I have to say true!
You have the main character, you know shes flawed, there is mystery at every turn with good dashes of suspense. It takes place in Alaska, and the story unfolds there questions are answered and more are raised. I think this book calls for a re read, just to make sure every bit is soaked in,
Loreth Anne White is an author whose name belongs right up there with the masters of the romantic suspense genre. Label her books as romantic suspense or thrillers, either way, you get a story that is worth your time and money in gold, and In the Barren Ground, her latest procedural romantic suspense novel fits right in.

Set in The Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, the terrain is as unforgiving and harsh as they come. When winter rolls in, few are the
Suzanne Johnson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to come on my blog:
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know how you sometimes find a book that just sounds interesting and it's a new to you an author so you are not sure how it's going to go. Then you start reading it and find yourself enthralled in what your reading and can't wait to find out whodunit! That is what happened to me with In the Barren Ground.

Tana has pretty much been sent to Twin Rivers where they call it the Barrens because it's close to the Arctic Circle as punishment. The days are short and it seems to do nothing but snow.
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Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries.

A three-time RITA finalist, she has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall, in addition to being a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist,
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