You’ve probably discovered Tess Gerritsen even if you’ve never read any of her books. She was the author of the the hugely successful crime series which was turned into the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The Shape of Night is a new stand alone story and in many ways I prefer these as Gerritsen has the freedom to play with the characters as she sees fit.
Ava has fled Boston for the quiet solitude of a coastal community in Maine. Her latest book is a cookbook based on New England cuisine. She’s been trying to finish it for months and hopes that she will be inspired when she’s immersed in the community. When she arrives at her holiday home she can’t believe her luck. Brodie’s Watch is a huge house with spectacular views over the bay.
Despite feeling at peace in Brodie’s Watch Ava is disturbed by odd sounds in the house at night. When she hears stories from the locals that her house is haunted by the ghost of the sea captain who built the house Ava begins to believe that she really isn’t alone. Either that or the secrets that she has brought with her from Boston are causing her to lose her mind.
Pretty soon the overdue cookbook is forgotten and Ava spends all her time researching the house and Captain Brodie. She doesn’t have long before a killer will strike again.
The Shape of Night is an entertaining gothic supernatural story with a modern twist. I did guess Ava’s secret pretty early on in the story but it doesn’t spoil it. I love the descriptions of the New England coastal area and the small towns there. I must add it to a trip out there at some point.
Supplied by Net Galley and Random House UK in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Oct 3 2019. 288 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.