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August 4, 2011

Book Review - The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles NovelTess Gerritsen is back with another outstanding Rizzoli & Isles crime novel. The Silent Girl is steps above last year's Ice Cold. Not that the previous book was bad, but it was just typical, more than anything else. Nothing stood out.

The Silent Girl, though, has tons of stuff in it, and it all comes together very nicely. Irish mob, Chinese martial arts and mysticism, the works! This book allows Gerritsen to explore a little bit of her heritage, which is nice as well.

You can find my review on Curled Up With a Good Book.

From the review:
A female's severed hand turns up in an alley in Boston's Chinatown one evening. Up on the roof is the body it belongs to, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, with two hairs on her body that aren't human. The brutal murder may stem from a horrific act of violence in Chinatown nineteen years ago, a murder-suicide that involved a massacre at a Chinese restaurant. Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles must figure out what's going on, how a mysterious martial arts master may be involved, and what chilling evil may be reaching forward from the past to envelop them.
This isn't a fantasy book, but Gerritsen's writing is exceptional enough that she makes you believe that it all just might be real.

And the actual reality is horrific in itself.

Gerritsen continues to excel at characterization, especially the main leads. But she also gives Rizzoli's partner, Nick Frost, a chance to shine as well.

I won't spoil any more of the review, except to say that this is an excellent novel. One of Gerritsen's best (though not the best, as that's still Vanish).

Check it out and let me know what you think.


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