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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 ne
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ebook, 384 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Berkley
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Courtneylee I remember reading that part and had to reread it so I understood, too. Aarav's father is talking about a ring the detectives brought to the house whe…moreI remember reading that part and had to reread it so I understood, too. Aarav's father is talking about a ring the detectives brought to the house when they first stated she was found. The father said he bought Nina the ring on their 10th anniversary, when Aarav was seven years old. Aarav then narrates that the girl in the house is that same age, born 3 years after the last time he saw his mother alive. So, Pari is 7 years old. Nina went missing when Aarav was 10 years old. (less)
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Kristin Mather I've been wondering too! I listened to the audio book so I just thought I missed something. Also, who poisoned the dog? I assume it was the murderer, …moreI've been wondering too! I listened to the audio book so I just thought I missed something. Also, who poisoned the dog? I assume it was the murderer, but then why was Aarav's boot dirty? (less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay! This is good! This is fascinatingly riveting, twisty, mind spinning!

Unreliable, young, billionaire, fogged minded, broken 26 years old hero who had unhealthy relationship with his mother: the same woman: socialite Nina Rai disappeared with millions a decade ago and now her corpse has been found in the woods. The same clothes she wears the day she had disappeared! That means she never left her family! She had been brutally murdered.

And only person in the family who is dying to find the tr
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Chelsea Humphrey
This is a tough book for me to review, because I felt like the meat of the story was really well done and the writing was beautiful, but the pacing was a bit off for me. The inclusion of Hindu culture and the atmospheric aspect gave this story an ethereal quality that is very difficult to pull off, but Ms. Singh does it well. The case at hand was both complex and surprising in its reveal to me, which is always an added bonus. Overall, a solid read that I recommend to readers of slow burning myst ...more
PamG
I have seen QUIET IN HER BONES by Nalini Singh referred to as a crime thriller, a domestic thriller and a psychological thriller. I believe it is all of these. Add in a fantastic first two sentences in the novel and a setting in New Zealand and I was immediately hooked. Aarav Rai’s mother Nina disappeared 10 years ago when he was 16. Most thought she was just another wife tired of her wealthy husband. But not Aarav. Now her bones and car have turned up in a nearby forest. Was it an accident ...more
Liz
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio
This mystery takes us to New Zealand and Singh does a fabulous job of putting us in the scene.
Aariv Rai is a successful author at age 26. He’s temporarily back living in his father’s house after he was in a car accident. At age 16, he heard a scream and then his mother’s car driving off. She never returned. Now, her bones have been found in her wrecked car. Aariv decides he can’t rely on the police to find answers and starts his own private investigation.
His family was messed up -there was no
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Kay
2.5⭐

Quiet in Her Bones started out very promising and I had trouble putting it down. This is a mystery with New Zealand setting. It has Indian and a bit of Maori representation that give uniqueness to the story and easily my favorite area of the book.

Nina Rai had a toxic marriage and after a routine drunken argument, drove away on a rainy night with a quarter million dollars. Her Jaguar and remains were found in a lush steep slope of a regional park after missing for ten years. Her son Aarav, a
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

Very brief review because I don’t have a lot of strong feelings about this book. I really liked the concept of this book, and the main character. But the execution was really confusing to me, the pacing was off and the whodunnit seemed to come out of nowhere. I will definitely be reading more by Singh, I love her PNR work.
Kat
Jan 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
Arev’s mother disappeared ten years ago. Now her bones have been discovered and Arev is desperate to find out what happened. The thing I adored most about this book was the unique New Zealand setting that the author describes in such great detail (she has such an amazing way of painting the landscapes and countryside with words) and also because the narrator is the most unreliable of unreliable narrators. Arev has recently been in a car accident and suffered a terrible brain injury. He can’t rem ...more
Mike
Set in New Zealand, Quiet in her Bones by Nalini Singh is a standalone crime thriller published in 2021. Ten years ago, Nina Rai, a wife of a rich industrialist, vanished without a trace. Her only son, Aarav was awoken that night by a scream, only to see the disappearing rear lights of her car. Now a bestselling author, he has never stopped wondering why she didn’t take him with her. Staying at his childhood house with his father, his stepsister and her mother, Aarav is recovering from a vehicle ...more
The Cats’ Mother
Quiet in Her Bones is the second of Singh’s stand-alone New Zealand based thrillers. She’s best known for her two paranormal romance series, so this is something of a departure - I’ve read all of the Psy-Changeling books, gritting my teeth through the steamy romance aspects, because she writes great characters and plots, so I knew this would be much more my thing. I wanted to read A Madness of Sunshine but got declined an ARC and never got round to buying it. Fortunately I was approved for this ...more
Dianne
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a miss for me. Started out in a promising fashion, but too many peripheral characters and random oddly-revealed plot points made a jumble of this tale about a missing socialite, found murdered 10 years later, and her traumatized adult son. The story did not flow well at all.

Things I liked - Singh does a great job with creating atmosphere and describing the lush but claustrophobic New Zealand forest preserve setting. She also concocted a marvelously vibrant and capricious creature in the
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Jeanette
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't gripping at all to me as the trailer states.

Too many characters in long long drawn out psychological angst therapy. The location was well done but still not at all unique. The various mores and ethnic group mixes in this wealthy ambiance started ok. The narrator to me was arrogant and unreliable at best. Not a fun read. The sloppiness toward continuity got so bad in the middle 100 pages that you could skip them and still basically have the very same book.

Not a fan of this writing style
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Mara
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
I'm somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars on this, as it has the amazing Nalini Singh writing, characters, & pacing that I adore alongside a set of tropes that are not as much my favorites. If you like a domestic thriller or an unreliable narrator, I think you will really enjoy this one. I was hoping for more of a small town thriller, so this wasn't as much in my wheelhouse, but I did very much enjoy the execution overall. I continue to be impressed with Singh's outings with this genre ...more
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hang on tight book friends we are jumping right in! With a knock on the door from cops, the mystery has already begun. Quiet in Her Bones is rich storytelling and a phenomenal premise. I was utterly absorbed and transported to New Zealand.

I can smell, see, and taste the forest, the dirt, and the trees. I think that's such an incredible tribute to the author. It's why I am, and will always be, a fan of Nalini Singh. She makes me want to visit this lush vastness of earth filled with scenic views a
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Dee
Feb 03, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022
2 stars for 2 many characters & way 2 long... but enjoyed the NZ setting & culture
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️(on a break)
Nalini Singh’s Quiet In Her Bones is a stellar example of how a book is best left alone without any categories or labels attached to it… You can call it a crime thriller, there’s a murder in there, you can call it a domestic thriller, coz it’s all about dysfunctional families and their screwed-up lives, you can call it a cold case thriller, coz the investigation is about bones discovered after 10 years and then, you can also call it a psychological thriller coz the protagonist Aarav is the least ...more
Kera’s Always Reading
Quiet in Her Bones was a thriller with a promising story but with characters that I simply could not connect with.

Aaray was only a teenager when his mother left with $250,000 in the middle of the night. But 10 years later her body is found in her car in the vast, lushness of the New Zealand forestry in the very same clothing she was last seen in. Now Aaray is a novelist and is absolutely determined to find out who killed her.

This was beautifully written, and I absolutely loved all the cultural h
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Maria
Wow, what a roller coaster! This book makes you literally question everything, from who did it to the motives.

Our main character, Aarav, is entirely unreliable, and he makes us question mostly him, but everyone around him and the situations he presents to us. So ya, this was a total mind fuck basically, and I loved it!

Was I impressed by the ending? Not really (which is why I didn’t give this 5 stars). I just was expecting something else, and what really happened just left me feeling “meh”. But
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Kalyn✨
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I wanted to like this, but it was quite underwhelming and boring for a book touted as a "gripping thriller." I enjoyed the location, cultural additions, a few characters (Shanti and Pari, specifically), and the narrator's accent— but that's about it. ...more
Helen
Dec 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was a compelling story for me, it really had my mind jumping from one thought to another, it is set in New Zealand and tells the story of Nina Rai and her son Aarav, Nina went missing ten years ago without a trace and there is 250 million dollars missing, did she run from her toxic marriage and leave her sixteen year old son or was there foul play?

Aarav is now twenty six and a best- selling author living in Auckland but after a car accident he is back in his old home with his father, step-m
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nick (the infinite limits of love)
Well, damn! I'm convinced that Nalini Singh has magical abilities because how else can you explain how she excels in every genre she writes? Having loved her suspense debut, A Madness of Sunshine, I was really eager for Quiet in Her Bones. This book was very different from A Madness of Sunshine, but it was still one of the most thrilling reading experiences I've had. I'll try to keep this review as vague as possible because I would hate for anyone who is interested in reading the story to be spo ...more
Vanessa Menezes
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
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Douglas Meeks
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a unabashed fan of Nalini Singh but this book was not her best effort. The hero (for lack of a better term) seems to vacillate between brilliant and stupid due to supposed brain injury which leads us to many pages of nothingness and a lot of red herrings because you see everything from his point of view. The book was starting to get boring and repetitive around the 4th chapter and after the 5th chapter I skipped ahead to chapter 45 and the book got really good and I felt like I had missed n ...more
☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer)
An unreliable narrator, a decade old mystery and a cul-de-sac full of suspects, held me captive. It takes a seasoned mystery writer to keep me guessing as to the murderer, and Singh did just that. I felt certain I had this solved, but Singh manged to surprise me.

Laced in the Hindu culture where reputation and appearance is everything we meet Aarav whose family lives in a privilege neighborhood. Their home is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac that backs up to the woods. It’s a place where the neighb
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Kate
This didn't work for me whatsoever. As a huge fan of her two paranormal seriees and I really enjoyed A Madness of Sunshine and I expected something along the lines of that but what I got from what I read was a whole of nothing.

The protagnoist of the book is dull and the build of the plot of introducing all the key players bored to frigging tears. The setting in New Zealand and the background of Aarav and his Indian heritage.

For two days I have tried to finish the book and have been avoiding it
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Riveting, dark, and twisted—Nalini Singh’s Quiet in Her Bones is an atmospheric thriller that kept me hooked until the final page.

This is the second book I’ve read now by Nalini Singh and she writes settings like the best in the business. Both books of hers were set in New Zealand. In Quiet in Her Bones, the book is primarily set in a very private, very expensive neighborhood surrounded by thick forest. I pictured the forest having a slightly jungle-like quality compared to the US and I swear I
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AlwaysV
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much. Five Exquisitely-Written Stars. I read it through the night. Just couldn't put this thriller down. Loved the creepy Waitākere Ranges Regional Park as a prefect crime scene. Loved this totally complicated thriller.

As a lover of the Impressionists ~ especially Monet, reading this mystery felt like walking into one of his masterpieces~ so I needed to move out ~ way way back out ~ so I could focus ~The story was a dreamscape of haunting colors & illusive subjects~ All hazy
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Maggie
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read by the author, but it is the second one she wrote set in New Zealand. I was very intrigued when I read the plot because I do not think I have read any thrillers set here. I was lucky I was granted this wish since it seems like the publisher is very tough when it comes to handing out books! I was so excited when I got this one, I had to read it immediately.

Aarav lives in a nice cul de sac that is all about keeping it perfect and appearances matter a lot. It is a ric
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5-3; I liked this book for the most part. Its a real departure for this author, but something about it just didn’t click for me the way some of her other books have. I did like the way the author slowly revealed all the foibles of the people in the neighborhood and the main characters but I found it frustrating too.

Aarav was not really a very likable character and even though I admired his determination to investigate his mother’s death and his own missing memories, I never did warm up to him
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Unreliable narrators can be so much fun as a reader. Do you believe them, are they just a mess and can’t be trusted?

Aarav is stuck in his familial home after an accident where he broke his foot and hit his head pretty hard. To say Aarav has some mommy issues is an understatement. His mother was a beautiful and cruel creature to his father and the people outside her inner circle but she was also a loving mother who just disappeared ten years ago without a trace. Her body is found dead in the car
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“Ten years was a long time for evidence to age and fade. For flesh to disappear. For everyone to forget that Nina Parvati Rai had been a living, breathing woman who'd loved music and cooking and had a mind like a computer.
In another life she could have been a professor.
In this life she'd been a rich man's wife.
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