The Dark Bones

The Dark Bones

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...

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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    is a highly atmospheric, chilling suspense story wrapped in the arms of a young-love-gone-wrong, second-chance romance. The blistering pace set in the opening pages is driven by a sinister presence - a sense of impending doom that continues to swell as the story unfolds - one that impelled this reader to burn the midnight oil in a frenzied search for answers

    is a highly atmospheric, chilling suspense story wrapped in the arms of a young-love-gone-wrong, second-chance romance. The blistering pace set in the opening pages is driven by a sinister presence - a sense of impending doom that continues to swell as the story unfolds - one that impelled this reader to burn the midnight oil in a frenzied search for answers. A story in which past secrets and betrayals refuse to remain buried, escaping and snowballing out of control like an avalanche destroying everything in its path. A story in which one seemingly insignificant moment in time, one fleeting connection between two people, sealed the fate of others.

    Twenty years ago, Becca North left her small hometown of Clinton, West Canada, with a broken heart brought about by the ultimate betrayal of then boyfriend Ash Haugen. And now, Sgt. Rebecca North of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police returns home to bury her father, retired officer Noah North, a victim of apparent suicide. She's carrying a world of guilt and regret over missed opportunities and time lost with her father whose life had taken a downward spiral in recent years as he succumbed to alcoholism. In his final days, it appears Noah was immersed in an investigation of a twenty year old cold case - the unsolved disappearance of two teenagers. In his last phone call to Rebecca, he'd babbled about lies and secrets and being followed and watched. Was it just the drunken ramblings of an old, has-been cop chasing ghosts in the bottom of a bottle? Or had Noah discovered something that led to his death? Rebecca's investigation into her father's death means partnering with her ex-love - the one who lied to her twenty years ago and is still harboring dark secrets. She'll distance herself and accept his help, but not his heart. Together, they rattle some cages and uncover some skeletons that someone wants to keep buried. Rebecca's in danger of losing both her heart . . . and her life. She doesn't intend to relent her hold on either.

    By integrating a bit of the past within the present, the author pulls readers inside characters' heads, peeling back layers and exposing long-buried, dark secrets. While White does an outstanding job of weaving backstory into this book, I highly recommend reading

    first as a few of the characters with key roles in

    are first introduced there - most notably Oliva West and her troubled twelve year old daughter Tori. White's vivid, descriptive writing style is once again apparent as her mad writing skills breathe life into a hauntingly beautiful yet deadly, frozen landscape - one that intertwines intricately within the twisted plot line, careening readers in many different directions. She also brilliantly captures the small town atmosphere of gossipy neighbors as well as a menacing "good-old-boys" mentality that fuels the dark, ugly, ominous undercurrent flowing through this small town that refuses to give up its tangled, devious web of secrets. A well-developed, unique support cast adds both depth and a long list of possible suspects for readers to ponder. Avoid all spoilers and jump into this one blind as you'll want to experience and figure this one out as you read.

    is a dark, gritty, heart racing journey with all the desired elements of a great mystery/suspense/thriller story paired with the added bonus of a complicated, emotional second-chance romance. After reading the first few pages, I knew I was in for one hell of a ride and, as always, Loreth Anne White delivered! Another fantastic Must Read Masterpiece by one of my favorite authors!

    *With many thanks to the author for an arc of this book.

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  • Maureen Carden

    Winston Churchill famously described the Soviet Union as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,". The story contained in

    can be described as a betrayal, wrapped in a lie, inside a crime.

    On other side of the country from her hometown, RMCP Sgt Rebecca North is notified that her father, former RCMP officer Noah North has died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound after setting his rural cabin on fire.

    After a five day battle with weather and airlines Rebecca arrives in h

    Winston Churchill famously described the Soviet Union as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,". The story contained in

    can be described as a betrayal, wrapped in a lie, inside a crime.

    On other side of the country from her hometown, RMCP Sgt Rebecca North is notified that her father, former RCMP officer Noah North has died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound after setting his rural cabin on fire.

    After a five day battle with weather and airlines Rebecca arrives in her hometown of Clinton.

    Rebecca is immediately overwhelmed with guilt, she had seldom returned to Clinton because of a broken heart. Adding to Rebecca's guilt, just five days ago she had basically shut her father down on the phone after he began some of his drunken conspiracy meanderings; this time accusing Rebecca of lying about her former boyfriend, Ash Haugen.

    In retirement, Noah spent much of his time looking into his old cold cases. This time it is a crime that Noah believes both Ash and Rebecca are involved in. Their individual reaction, what crime?

    It doesn’t take long before Rebecca encounters Ash at the frozen, burned cabin where Noah died. Ash also doesn’t believe Noah took his own life. Trouble is, if Noah was murdered, Ash is the number one suspect. Worse trouble is that Rebecca rediscovers her abiding love for him.

    Ash and Rebecca quickly find proof that Tori Burton and Ricky Simon, a troubled kid facing a third strike arrest, were raiding Noah’s moonshine when Noah was shot. Tori, is the daughter of Olivia West from the terrific

    . Tori and Olivia are still finding their way into a true mother daughter relationship and Tori refuses to confide in her mother.

    Rebecca and Ash must not only find Noah’s killer, but they must protect Tori and Ricky while gaining their trust.

    Some writers would tippy-toe around the grittier details of horrific crimes and crime scenes, but not Ms White. Sometimes I really wish she would; because she is that first rate and it can be disturbing reading. “Melted into the recliner” will stay with me for a long time.

    On the other hand her descriptions of the physical beauties and winter dangers of the western part of Canada are glorious. I am this close to booking a trip on the Mountaineer train through Western Canada. All I need is to pick the bank to rob.

    White also does a bang up job with the scenes with the police. I was delighted to read an interview scene that uses a different technique for eliciting information, not the usual question and answer mode.

    Ms White’s characters will almost break your heart. Ash the betrayed, living most of his life in darkness has a moment in the sun, until he betrays. Then there will be one monstrous lie that causes heartbreak and death through the decades. The liar is easy to hate, but White draws us in with her gentle empathy. Rebecca, who blindly sees herself as the only betrayed almost forgives. Olivia, Cole McDonough and Tori are still doing the family dance of love and trust trying to figure out their places. Then there is Ricky. A First Nations boy, the troubled kid who might move you most of all.

    .The crimes that haunt, so many deaths, so many lies, so many betrayals;

    is also a love story; between friends, parents, brothers, sisters and lovers slowing building trust again.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Mackey

    I started reading books by Loreth Anne White a few years ago and fell in love with her Angie Pallorino series. Some of you may be familiar with those. The Dark Bones is the second book in a new series, A Dark Lure, and I actually didn’t realize that until after I finished the book. Obviously it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the first book since I thought it was a stand-alone. It is fantastic!

    When Detective Rebecca North left her rural Canadian hometown, she vowed never to return. A call from

    I started reading books by Loreth Anne White a few years ago and fell in love with her Angie Pallorino series. Some of you may be familiar with those. The Dark Bones is the second book in a new series, A Dark Lure, and I actually didn’t realize that until after I finished the book. Obviously it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the first book since I thought it was a stand-alone. It is fantastic!

    When Detective Rebecca North left her rural Canadian hometown, she vowed never to return. A call from her drunken father made her nervous, a follow up call notifying her of his apparent suicide brought her home. However, “Becca” is not content with the suicide findings. Her father may have been a drunk, but he was not suicidal. Despite what she believes, the town, including all of the “officials,” seem hell-bent on making sure his death is classified as a murder. Becca is determined to find out what her father was doing before he died, who he was with and why the townspeople are behaving so strangely and to give her father the proper RCMP burial he deserves.

    The Dark Bones swept me up in its saga from the very beginning – the frantic phone call, the alleged suicide, teens accidently setting fire to cabin – there is so much action in the beginning that it was difficult not to get carried away in the drama. But this is more than just a thriller. There are multiple storylines for several families. A few story lines that I know now harken back to the first book which are resolved in this book – don’t worry, you will either appreciate the closure or enjoy the independent story on its own . Becca has unresolved issues from her high school years that led to her fleeing the town. There are underlying issues of drug trading, which sadly afflicts all rural small towns and there are stories of abuse – physical and mental – which were undetected for years. There is a lot going on in this book but it is handled with care, deftly written and marvelously crafted. There are tiers and folds to this story, each waiting for you to pull back their coverings so that they can reveal their mysteries to you. Mystery, romance, murder and more – you cannot ask for a better story than this.

    Thank you to #Netgalley, #LorethAnneWhite and #MontlakeRomance for my copy of #TheDarkBones available May 21,2019.

  • Toni

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    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Carolyn

    I'm a fan of Loreth Ann White's Angie Pallorino series so jumped into this without realising it was already episode two of a new series. Although I now want to go back and read book one, this worked well for me as a stand alone dark tale of murder and betrayal in the cold wilderness of British Columbia.

    Rebecca North escaped the small rural town where she grew up to become a Detective in Ottawa but has recently after her father ex-Mountie Noah is found dead in his burnt out cabin, from a presumed

    I'm a fan of Loreth Ann White's Angie Pallorino series so jumped into this without realising it was already episode two of a new series. Although I now want to go back and read book one, this worked well for me as a stand alone dark tale of murder and betrayal in the cold wilderness of British Columbia.

    Rebecca North escaped the small rural town where she grew up to become a Detective in Ottawa but has recently after her father ex-Mountie Noah is found dead in his burnt out cabin, from a presumed suicide. She discovers that her father has been following up a cold case of two teenagers who disappeared some 20 years ago and weren't heard from again. Just before he died he believed he'd found important information about the case and Rebecca finds herself drawn in to following Noah's investigations, with the help of Ash Haugen, her former boyfriend before she moved away, and two children who were there the night her father died.

    White paints a picture of a small close-knit rural town in a frozen but beautiful landscape. As Rebecca revisits events of the past, she uncovers dark secrets and some ugly undercurrents that many would rather see left alone. This is a gritty suspense with some ruthless characters in an environment that could prove deadly. 4.5★

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