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Guest review: THE UNQUIET BONES by Loreth Ann White


A shocking discovery of human bones reopens an almost fifty-year-old cold case—and rips apart the lives of a group of friends—in a riveting novel by Loreth Anne White, the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of The Maid’s Diary.

When human bones are found beneath an old chapel in the woods, evidence suggests the remains could be linked to the decades-old case of missing teen Annalise Jansen. Homicide detective Jane Munro—pregnant and acutely attuned to the preciousness of life—hopes the grim discovery will finally bring closure to the girl’s family. But for a group of Annalise’s old friends, once dubbed the Shoreview Six by the media, it threatens to expose a terrible pledge made on an autumn night forty-seven years ago.

The friends are now highly respected, affluent members of their communities, and none of them ever expected the dark chapter in their past to resurface. But as Jane and forensic anthropologist Dr. Ella Quinn peel back the layers of secrets, the group begins to fracture. Will one cave? Will they turn on each other?

The investigation takes a sharp turn when Jane discovers a second body—that of the boy long blamed for Annalise’s disappearance. As the bones tell their story, the group learns just how far each will go to guard their own truth.

GUEST REVIEW by Sophia Rose

Opening Line:

“A steady rain falls as Benjamin and Raphael Duvalier work their excavator alongside a dark lake on the misted flanks of Hemlock Mountain.”

A psychological thriller begins when bones are found and a cold case heats up fast. I greatly enjoyed my first Loreth Ann White book. The prickling chills and suspenseful climax with some surprise twists had stuck with me, and I was eager to pick up her latest release.


The Unquiet Bones begins in the present when old bones are accidentally dug up, setting Royal Canadian Mounted Police homicide detective Jane Munro on a new case. Forensics provides the shocking news that the bones are associated with an unsolved disappearance from forty-seven years before. The past comes front and center, splitting the storyline.

Two stories in one: 1976 and the present. The Shoreview Six, the girls associated with the disappearance of Annaliese, have moved on, but once the bones are discovered, they are uneasy and must protect the lies from the past with more lies.


I was fascinated by the forensics work and police procedural details. However, I confess to being a little confused at first by the large cast of characters including the Shoreview Six, an investigative journalist, the forensics specialist, and others associated with the case, but I eventually got the strands sorted.


I liked Jane as the detective and the backstory of her boyfriend who disappeared into the wilderness on a hiking trip and she never had the chance to tell him she was pregnant with his child. Jane showed a great deal of steel managing her personal troubles during this difficult case.


Atmospheric, haunting tension, dark twists and turns, and a shocking, horrific reveal brought all I expected and more from Loreth Anne White's latest, The Unquiet Bones.  

The Unquiet Bones by Loreth Ann White


Publisher:  Montlake

Published:  3.5.24

Pages:  351

Rating: 4.5 stars

A blonde white woman wearing white cowl neck sweater.
Washington Post bestselling author, Loreth Anne White


Loreth Anne White is an Amazon Charts, Washington Post and Bild bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. With over 3 million books sold around the world, she is an ITW Thriller Awards nominee, a three-time RITA finalist, an overall Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Arthur Ellis finalist, and winner of multiple other industry awards.

A recovering journalist who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now calls Canada home. She resides in the Pacific Northwest, dividing time between Vancouver Island, a ski resort in the Coast Mountains, and a rustic lakeside cabin in the Cariboo.

 When she’s not writing or dreaming up plots, you will find her on the lakes, in the ocean, or on the trails with her dog where she tries—unsuccessfully—to avoid bears. Connect with Loreth via her website.


Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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