Author Tess Gerritsen
Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both.
In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel.
Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil.
Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.
What did I think?
First things first, Tess Gerritsen is probably one of my favourite authors but I am still going to give an honest review. The things I love about Gerritsen’s books is the fact that they are almost always factually perfect; being a Forensic Science graduate this aspect of all her books really interest me…and ‘The Silent Girl’ does not let her down. The amount of research that has gone in to this book makes it all that more brilliant.
You can really feel the heritage in this book, Gerritsen has really hit the nail on the head with regards to the culture of this book. And in true Gerritsen style, she really keeps you involved and engrossed in to the story making sure that you do not know how the book will end until the very last couple of pages.
I do feel, however, that this is not one Gerritsen’s best novels, while it was a brilliant read I felt that it was lacking something which I couldn’t quite put my finger on; I think it may be because, for me, it doesn’t seem 100% believable that this could ever happen unlike the plots of her other novels.
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?