The Silent Girl (with bonus short story Freaks): A Rizzoli & Isles Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jun 26 2012
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“Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory.”—Lee Child
“Another great thrill ride . . . The Silent Girl is one of [Tess] Gerritsen’s best.”—Associated Press
“Gripping . . . Both women deal with personal and family issues that reveal their humanity and lend credibility to this deft thriller.”—Publishers Weekly
“Chilling and thrilling . . . an exciting and suspense-filled adventure.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen earned international acclaim for her first novel of suspense, Harvest. She introduced detective Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon (2001) and Dr. Maura Isles in The Apprentice (2002) and has gone on to write numerous other titles in the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series, including The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold, The Silent Girl, Last to Die, and Die Again. Her latest novel is the standalone thriller Playing with Fire. A physician, Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.See all Product Description
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Evil will not depart from his house." -- Proverbs 17:13 (NKJV)
I found The Silent Girl to be one of the very best books in the series. Let me explain why.
The novel has a strong sense of place. I often walk through Boston's Chinatown and the story evoked just the sort of thoughts and emotions that occur to me while regarding people there.
There are many mysteries here, each of which has to be exposed to the light of truth before anyone can know what really happened. I found that storytelling style to be intriguing.
By drawing on Chinese culture, there's an exotic element that makes the characters and story seem more exotic, almost like finding a hothouse flower unexpectedly in winter.
The story also grabbed me emotionally more than most police procedurals and suspense stories do.
Sometimes Dr. Gerritsen's stories don't completely ring true to me. This one allowed me to successfully suspend disbelief throughout.
The only aspect of the story that didn't appeal to me (other than what the villains did) was the brief involvement of Dr. Maura Isles. It seemed almost like a leftover from a different story than an essential part of this one. If it had been edited out, I suspect many readers would have liked the book better. But die hard fans of Dr. Isles will be disappointed, I'm sure, with the little they find of her here.
I have been reading a lot of mysteries lately but this one really stood out. From the first sentence I was hooked. This has partly to do with the great writing. it just flowed. I found myself reading lines out loud, especially her descriptions.
Secondly, as a previous reviewer said, a great plot. Very complex but followable. The use of Chinese lore was great. The character of Iris fang is great.
Even though I have not been to Boston in decades, Dr. Gerritsen's descriptions made me feel as if I was there. I could picture the buildings and I think I got a sense of the street layout.
The sub plot With Dr. Isles could have been developed more but the point was to make her credible under any circumstances, which becomes important later in the book.
A really good read regardless of the kind of literature one may like.
And quite a plot it is too. The starting point is a murder/suicide in Chinatown nineteen years ago that was neatly tied up by the police at the time. However it becomes clear that not everyone feels that the truth was uncovered or is prepared to let the past rest in peace. There are plenty of twists and turns as both Rizzoli and the reader exercise their deductive skills in trying to get a grip on what really happened.
This is not a short book, but it's one that I read through very quickly. It's an absorbing tale and if you like Gerritsen's style then The Silent Girl will not disappoint.
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Unfortunately when it came I realized I already had this book. It is a good book. I have the whole series.Published on Feb. 1 2013 by Joanne Dunsford
This book was really great and actually very informative about Chinese folklore. I love Tess Gerritsen and the characters Rizzoli & Isles.Published on Dec 23 2012 by Lyn Hartfield