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About Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

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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Review of Quiet in Her Bones

Aarav is the unreliable narrator of this tale.  His remembrance of his past, recent past and long ago past (10 years ago), is marked by unexpected memories clouded by personal relationships.  The fact that he seems to be taking a variety of prescription drugs (and doesn’t always remember taking them) also adds to possible memory impairment.

Typically, not my favorite type of narrator, I decide to withhold judgement on this untrustworthy storyteller until I had more facts.  Because this is a book by Nalini Singh.

The facts came.  Bit by bit.  Not in any particular type of order unless you count misorder as a type.  The back and forth timeline was as untidy as Aarav’s mind.  When you add the questionable memories of Aarav, there were times, when I wondered if I had really read what I thought I had read.  The psychological ambiguity is what keeps the reader from coming up with a definitive answer until….well, until the answer is presented by the author.

I could not decide whether Aarav was a good guy or bad guy.  His dad is a controlling misogynist and mom is/was both a loving mom and selfish.  Based on this, how is a boy supposed to grow up?  As personalities go, Aarav is not the person I want to hang out with, but he does have a moral center.  (Thankfully.)  Plus, he has a little sister to protect, so that also adds to the good-guy-ness.

There will be a point in the book when the reader learns why the narrator is so unreliable.  Until that time, and even after, anything can happen. Anybody can be the killer.

Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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