Quiet in Her Bones
Grade : A-

When you hear Nalini Singh's name, I'm guessing you associate it with urban fantasy or contemporary romance. Thrillers are most likely pretty far from top of mind, but I'd say that's slowly changing. Quiet in Her Bones is Singh's second psychological thriller, and I'm so glad she's exploring this new facet of her writing.

Aarav Rai is a successful author whose début novel made him a star. Unfortunately, his professional success is pretty much the only thing going right for him. He was gravely injured in a mysterious accident, and several months later, he's still struggling to recover. Because of the brain injury he suffered, he's not supposed to live on his own, so he's moved back into his childhood home with his father, stepmother, and younger sister. His relationship with his domineering father can best be described as rocky, and he's chafing under the restrictions his partial dependence on his family has placed on his lifestyle.

Things get a whole lot more complicated for Aarav when the body of his mother - who went missing under suspicious circumstances ten years ago - is found in a nearby forest. When Nina Rai first disappeared, everyone shrugged it off, thinking she must have got tired of her husband's controlling ways and simply left, but the discovery of her body hints at something far more sinister. It seems Nina never managed to get away from her husband after all, and Aarav is determined to uncover the truth of what happened on the night she tried to leave.

Because of the physical and mental difficulties he's experiencing as a result of his accident, investigating Nina's disappearance turns out to be quite a bit harder than Aarav expected. All his poking around seems to stir up far more questions than answers, and it's not long before Aarav grows frustrated with his lack of progress. It's obvious someone knows more than they're telling, but he begins to doubt his ability to figure out what really led to Nina's death.

The story is told from Aarav's point of view, and he's quite an unreliable narrator. This could prove confusing for some readers, since his perception of events isn't always logical. Fortunately, things do become clear in the end, but it's a bit of a rocky road in some places, especially if your mind is prone to wandering as you read.

Abuse plays a big part in the story, and certain scenes were very difficult to read. You won't be subjected to long, drawn out descriptions of violence, but neither will you be able to overlook what's going on. Psychological manipulation and physical abuse are discussed in some detail.

If you pick this up expecting romantic suspense, you'll be disappointed. Singh has crafted some phenomenal relationships here, but none of them can be classified as romantic. Quiet in Her Bones is most definitely a thriller, and I loved it for exactly what it turned out to be.

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Reviewed by Shannon Dyer
Grade : A-

Sensuality: N/A

Review Date : February 26, 2021

Publication Date: 02/2021

Review Tags: AoC New Zealand PoC

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Shannon Dyer

I'm Shannon from Michigan. I've been an avid reader all my life. I adore romance, psychological fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and the occasional memoir. I share my home with my life partner, two dogs, and a very feisty feline.
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