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“The Dark Bones is a highly atmospheric, chilling suspense story wrapped in the arms of a young-love-gone-wrong, second-chance romance.” —Cross My Heart Writings & Reviews
“A masterfully written, gritty, suspenseful thriller with a tough, resourceful protagonist that hooked me and kept me guessing until the very end. Think C. J. Box and Craig Johnson. Loreth Anne White’s The Dark Bones is that good.” —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Eighth Sister
“Secrets, lies, and betrayal converge in this heart-pounding thriller that features a love story as fascinating as the mystery itself.” —Iris Johansen, New York Times bestselling author of Smokescreen
“Loreth Anne White has a talent for setting and mood. The Dark Bones hooked me from the start. A chilling and emotional read.” —T.R. Ragan, author of Her Last Day
“A riveting, atmospheric suspense novel about the cost of betrayal and the power of redemption, The Dark Bones grips the reader from the first page to the pulse-pounding conclusion.” —Kylie Brant, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Pretty Girls Dancing
“Loreth Anne White has set the gold standard for the genre.” —Debra Webb, USA Today bestselling author
“From the first page of The Dark Bones I knew I was in the hands of a master storyteller. It starts with one of the most intense, knock your socks off openings I’ve ever read and just snowballs from there. The combination of gorgeous writing and endless twists and turns literally kept me up all night reading so I could get to the extremely satisfying conclusion.” —Ellison Cooper, author of Caged
“Inside the brooding mystery of The Dark Bones beats a bright and booming heart of a story, concerned as much with forgiveness, redemption, and love as with the long-buried evils that threaten snowbound Cariboo Country in remote British Columbia. Loreth Anne White writes with crystalline clarity about the landscape and culture that reclaim the soul of her stunning protagonist, Canadian federal cop Rebecca North, when Sergeant North returns home to right old wrongs, restore dignity, and reopen her heart to the old flame she could never forget.” —John Galligan, author of Bad Axe County
About the Author
Loreth Anne White is an internationally bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and romantic suspense. A three-time RITA finalist, she is also the 2017 Overall Daphne du Maurier Award winner, and she has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall, in addition to being a Booksellers’ Best finalist and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Visit her at www.lorethannewhite.com.
- ASIN : B07HF55K3P
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (May 21, 2019)
- Publication date : May 21, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3566 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 440 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,513 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Dark Bones is the second book in the Dark Lure series (The Dark Lure was FANTASTIC). The main character is Rebecca North. She's a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detective who moved out of her rural hometown of Clinton, Canada as soon as she could after her boyfriend Ash Haugen broke her heart.
Rebecca's dad is a retired detective. He's an alcoholic and he lives by himself. Out of nowhere, he calls Rebecca and tells her that he believes someone is following him and he wants to see her. He has been reviewing a cold case and he wants to know why she and Ash lied to him so many years ago. Rebecca knows this has to be about Whitney Gagnon who had slept with Ash and had left town with her boyfriend Trevor Beauchamp. Rebecca tells her dad she will call him back. Next thing she knows, she gets a call. Her dad has killed himself. Rebecca can't believe it. She comes home to investigate. She believes her father has found something about the disappearance of Whitney Gagnon and Trevor Beauchamp and someone killed him for it.
You both lied."
On her first night back home, she bumps into the last person she wants to see, Ash. All her past feelings for him resurface. She remembers how hurt she was when he cheated and when she found out he had lied to her. She also remembers he was her first love and she has never forgotten him. As the days and the investigation progresses she realizes she still feels something for him.
Besides Rebecca and Ash, two teenagers are also important. One is Olivia's daughter Tori Burton (Liv is the main character on The Dark Lure) and the other one is Ricky Simon, a kid Ash promised to take care of. Both of their lives are in danger. They know too much.
Soon, Ash becomes the main suspect and Rebecca knows she needs to figure out who's at fault or none of them are going to be safe.
The Dark Bones was gritty, dark and full of suspense. Loreth Anne White painted a perfect small town ambiance full of secrets and lies. She gave us a great resolution while still leaving an opening for another book to answer the remaining questions.
"Quiet descended with a sense of menace."
“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott wrote that sentence centuries ago, and it perfectly describes the tangle of outright lies, half truths, and deceptions that abound in THE DARK BONES.
Everyone, it seems, is keeping secrets, especially Ash Haugen. And what terrible, heartbreaking secrets they are, pulling the reader into understanding exactly why he feels it necessary to keep them secret. Author Loreth Anne White does a superb job of dropping tiny breadcrumbs to keep us glued to the pages until the bitter end, even though we know (or think we know) he’s innocent of the crimes of which he’s accused.
Sergeant Rebecca North (aka Becca and Becs to those who know her) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is as drawn to Ash as much as the reader is, and yet, like us, she knows he’s not telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. She doesn’t let her feelings for him blind her, however, and she does her duty even though it tears her apart. We ache for her, but at the same time understand why she does what she does.
I had preordered THE DARK BONES back in January, and have been waiting with bated breath to read it ever since. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be retired, so I could read this book as soon as it downloaded onto my Kindle and didn’t have to wait another minute.
THE DARK BONES is an enthralling mystery/thriller that leaves you wondering for most of the book. In addition, the secondary characters are as well drawn as the primary ones, and they all seem to have their own secrets, which Rebecca must somehow uncover and fit together into the solution to an overarching puzzle that has stood for 20 years.
My only disappointment is the non-resolution of the Olivia/Cole issue that was raised early on (heroine/hero of THE DARK LURE). It wasn’t a red herring in this story, and since I love them as a couple, I want so badly for things to work out for them. I can only hope and pray it will be addressed in another Loreth Anne White book in the not-too-distant future.
Nevertheless, THE DARK BONES stands on its own as a wonderful mystery/thriller, expanding Ms. White’s reputation as a master storyteller.
The prologue was pulse-pounding and horrifying, what follows isn't as frantic, but still compelling. Rebecca doesn't believe her dad killed himself, and she sets out to prove it. She's a white collar crime cop, but very good at what she does. She also played it close to the vest, knowing how the small town gossip mill works. What happened with her dad is entwined with a case he was working on twenty years prior.
The romance was less of a factor than I thought it'd be. Rebecca and Ash's relationship went back to their tween years, and though there's still a spark, their time together was fraught with drama. Because it was obvious that Ash was lying (not about everything, but Rebecca had good reason to be wary), it was hard to like his character until a lot more about him was revealed.
The case was pretty twisted, and sad that one person's bad idea could be the catalyst for so many deaths. The setting (rural western Canada) was like another character, something I appreciate in all the LAW books I've read.
Top reviews from other countries
The story holds your interest from start to finish. I didn't want it to end but was desperate to know what would happen. The added bonus is that it has characters you come to care about.
Would recommend it as a really enjoyable read.
There's also not enough character build up, not one of them seems to have a distinct personality.
I find myself losing interest during dialogues as it's unclear who is actually contributing to the conversation.
On the whole its not worth dismissing this book if you like drawn out thrillers. It just built no suspense whatsoever, I had no emotional connection to the characters and the 'big twists' were unsurprising, underwhelming and unnecessary.