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Quiet in Her Bones

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,612 ratings  ·  381 reviews
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 Nin
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Berkley Books
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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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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
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
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
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
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
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
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
Kera (featherboundbooks)
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
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio2021
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
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiet in Her Bones is a standalone thriller, set in Auckland, New Zealand. Ten years ago Aarav Rai's mother, socialite and trophy wife Nina Rai, disappeared without a trace when he was only sixteen. She was last seen speeding away from her home in the exclusive Auckland suburb of Titirangi on a dark, stormy night after a vicious drunken argument with Aarav's father, successful businessman Ishaan, and with her, she had taken $250,000 that she retrieved from her controlling husband's safe. Ishaan ...more
Douglas Meeks
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked what I’ve read from the author so far and I was curious to discover her in a genre I didn’t know for her: the thriller genre!

Aarav’s mother disappeared ten years ago now. He doesn’t remember much about that night, but he remembers her scream. A scream that froze him to the bone. The problem is also that since his recent accident, he had some memory loss. Everyone thought she had run away, money was gone and she often argued with her husband. Ho
Jul 07, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I'd like to read this thriller by Nalini Singh about a socialite who vanished ...more
Daniel Shindler
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina Rai disappeared ten years ago, taking two hundred fifty thousand dollars with her.She lived in an exclusive enclave in Auckland, New Zealand with her rich, abusive, philandering husband. When her remains turn up in her car, which has been hidden in a dense,lush forest bordering their residential haven, rumors and past gossip surface. The residents of The Cul De Sac are bound by unspoken psychological, social and sexual relationships.They are not anxious to have these bonds brought to the fo ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This story was pretty hard to put down at times and I absolutely loved the unreliable narrator! The back and forth from memories to therapy sessions to the present added a nice touch to the mystery aspect and to the overall sense of not being able to trust anything or anyone.

This truly was a lot of fun and one I'm glad I took the time to read.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Sarah Jayyn

🍬🍬🍬🍬 (four stars as rated in Aarav's exceptionally addictive stash of sweets)

It's been ten years since Nina Rai disappeared with a quarter of a million dollars. Generally assumed to have fled her former life willingly, Nina and her disappearance have all but faded from the rumor mill of the close-knit cul-de-sac where she once lived. But when Nina's remains are discovered only a short distance from her home, everything changes. With only a handful of neighbors that could have been responsible fo
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-zealand, diverse
When I started reading this, I didn’t really like Aarav. He seemed like an arrogant jerk. By the end…well, he was still a bit of an arrogant jerk, but I loved him. He was damaged, but he was at heart a good and stunningly straightforward person. He was complex.

And that describes all of Singh’s characters in this book. With a sinuous turn of phrase, Singh turns simple characters into complex ones and manages to weave a plot that is just as complex. And it’s very well done. I think the only thing
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Quiet in Her Bones is a dark, evocative thriller set on the edges of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. Ten years ago, Aarav Rai’s mother disappeared without a trace. Now her car has been found in the dense New Zealand bush, her bones the only remnants of the once vibrant Nina Rai. Aarav, recovering from an injury at his father’s house, is determined to uncover who in their small, exclusive neighborhood killed his mother. As Aarav digs deeper into the past the su
Jamie Canaves
This is the perfect beach read to escape your winter situation. Aarav Rai is a 26-year-old bestselling crime author whose mother disappeared–with a quarter of a million of his father’s money–when he was a teenager. Was she a missing person who should be presumed dead or a woman in an abusive relationship who took money and ran?

Those have been the questions left behind in an Auckland, New Zealand, cul-de-sac. Except now Nina Rai’s car has been found with her body inside at Waitākere Ranges Region
On the Same Page
ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is my first book by Nalini Singh and I will definitely be picking up more. A diverse cast of characters, a stunning setting, brilliant writing and a plotline that kept me guessing until the very end. I wouldn't categorize this as a thriller because I think the book is really about Aarav figuring out who killed his mother all those years ago, and the thriller aspect only features for about 5%.

I don't read a lo
Brenda Feinen
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-netgalley
Ten years ago, Nina disappeared after a vicious argument with her husband. Aarav remembers hearing her scream. And the front door closing. Twice.
His mother's remains are found in her Jaguar - a tomb in the bush. Still healing from a recent car accident- Aarav has a broken leg and a hard hit on his house. Living with his dad to aid his recovery, Aarav becomes obsessed with solving his mother's murder. Vague memories emerge, Aarav begins to question the events of that night.
Wealthy families live
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When a body is found in the New Zealand jungle, Aarav, the local police and many others in their pretty cul-de-sac neighborhood re-investigate his mother's long-ago murder. With heavy painkillers possibly affecting his memory, Aarav tries to uncover what really happened the night his beautiful, angry mother disappeared.

This is already a perfect recipe for a twisty murder investigation, where everyone's got something to hide, but what makes this more than a typical unreliable-narrator mystery we
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

Be prepared for surprising plot twists and to question who you can trust among the characters in Quiet in Her Bones, Nalini Singh’s new atmospheric thriller set deep in the dangerous New Zealand forest.

If Nalini Singh writes it, I will read it, no matter what genre. That being said, I will caution readers that this is not a happy story that will leave you with a big grin on your face. Quiet in Her Bones was a remarkably well-wr
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 "Mind Soup" Stars!

Well, this book had my head spinning. There were so many characters! Seriously I felt like I was losing my mind. And to be 100% honest, I did not see the whodunit coming. I am well pleased with my first foray into a Nalini Singh thriller. Happy reading!
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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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.

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
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it


The author takes you on a rollercoaster ride of blackmail, revenge, hallucinations, murders, and deceptions in “Quiet in Her Bones,” and I enjoyed it a lot!

Firstly, Aarav is excellent in the role. He is broken, complex, a bit arrogant, but very interesting. He goes through all his resources to find out what happened to Nina that night. I loved how he suspects everyone, including his family members. I loved his relationship wi
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, that was some scary and wild ride till the very end!
I loved how atmospheric the story was and the journey into Aarav's mind was both horrifying and fascinating.
I have to think more about that ending. I was hugely relieved on the one hand, but also sort of disappointed with the direction it went into. (I am deliberately vague here to avoid spoilers.)

Full review as posted on my blog:
Nalini Singh is my favourite PNR author, her Psy-Changling series set the bar that I use to measure any other
Sonia Williams
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Nalini Singh is a prolific author, mainly in paranormal fantasy/romance genre, this is the second of her crime/ thriller novels based in New Zealand .
This book was a page turner and kept me glued, guessing and following red herrings to the very end! Aarav Rai, young, handsome and the current golden boy of crime writing has returned home to the Cul de Sac after a debilitating car accident. Aarav has had a privileged life, a wealthy father and doting mother, but his parents toxic relationship col
Kathy Martin
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Novelist Aarav Rai is back living at his childhood home after a car accident the damaged his foot, lungs, and brain. He's not happy to be there. His mother Nina disappeared ten years earlier and his childhood was filled with fights between his parents. He seems to remember hearing a chilling scream when she left home that night but doesn't remember anything else.

Then the unthinkable happens, his mother's car is found off the road in the bush and her bones are in it. Aarav is determined to find o
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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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