The Dark Bones

Loreth Anne White
The Dark Bones
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Montlake Romance
Release Date
May 2019
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

She's come back to solve the mystery of her father's death and confront her own dark past.

When Detective Rebecca North left her rural hometown, she vowed never to return. Her father's apparent suicide has changed that. The official report is that retired cop Noah North shot himself, knocked over a lantern, and set his isolated cabin ablaze. But Rebecca cannot believe he killed himself.

To prove it, she needs the help of Ash Haugen, the man she left behind. But Rebecca and Ash share more than broken hearts. Something darker lies between them, and the investigation is stirring it back to life. Clues lead them to the home of Olivia West and her deeply troubled twelve-year-old daughter, Tori. The child knows more about the murder than anyone can imagine, but she's too terrified to say a word.

And as a cold-blooded killer resurfaces from the past, Rebecca and Ash begin to fear that their own secrets may be even harder to survive.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Sep 08, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
59 people found the following review helpful
THE DARK BONES is a twisty romantic suspense mystery that captivated me and had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, caught as I was with Ash's secrets. And, oh yes, of course, the mystery of the teens who disappeared twenty years ago. That Ash and Becca were caught dead center in it due to a terrible mistake that Ash did those long ago years made it personal for our protagonists and heart-pounding for the reader. While we know a HEA is imminent for Ash and Becca, what price would they have to pay for that HEA?

I like that Ash and Becca were real and relatable, people who were flawed, who committed mistakes that still haunt them years later. I love how the author obviously took the time to describe things in a fresh way that brought a new perspective to this reader.

One thing that ticked at me though is why the villains would wear/ride distinctive suits/vehicles to do their evil deeds? Don't villains generally and usually wear all black to avoid detection/recognition? Or are the villains here so (stupidly) confident in their ability to tie up loose ends that they didn't think the misdeeds would be traced back to them?

That aside, I enjoyed reading this book, and I love especially the length of the novel, allowing me to fully immerse myself in the story, the town and the characters.
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