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The Silent Girl (Rizzoli & Isles) Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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"Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory."—Lee Child
"She did it to me again! I can't get anything done when Tess puts out a new book and this one caught me as I was starting work on Season 2 of "Rizzoli & Isles." So instead of memorizing my lines, I was sucked up into Boston's Chinatown with Jane, Maura, and company and could not put this one down. Just like the other books. Every time.
And to top it off, now I have to wait for the NEXT one to come out--you're killing me, Tess! So good..."—Lorraine Bracco
“[A] deft thriller.”—Publisher’s Weekly
Praise for Ice Cold and Tess Gerritsen
“Gerritsen paces Ice Cold with surgical precision.”—Salon
“The kind of book you’d read in one sitting.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Amazing . . . another winner.”—The Plain Dealer
“[Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior do dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes.”—Chicago Tribune
“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.”—The Providence Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; 1st edition (July 5, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345515501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345515506
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.3 x 9.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #244,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is interesting but I did not like the way it was told from a story tellers view as its different from the way this series is written. SPOILER ALTERT DONT KEEP READING IF YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW. I also did not think that Rizzoli not tying up everything at the end was out of character for her as well. I did like the last chapter but again not for this series.
I like the descriptions of Chinatown and use of slightly extra police lingo. The side stories of Frost being a bachelor; Rizzoli's Mother and Korsak; and Maura spending time with Rat help paint a human picture of these characters. This is definitely one of my favorite books in the series. This one's a keeper. I have not yet read the short story "Freaks" but once I do I will update this review to reflect that.
I am a retired cop. No writer can capture the reality of police work, but this DOES capture the essence of the investigator - AND in a shock for me - it is one of the first law enforcement books that captures the concept of the "spirit of the law". The "Legal" system in America has long ago forgotten that justice was the goal of our forefathers. Now, all that matters is that the letter of a law, a law that may or may not make ANY sense in the real world, gets satisfied.
Finally, a writer has captured the essence of that conflict. Maybe Lady Justice should NOT be blindfolded. We should NEVER lose sight of mercy, and we should NEVER let Justice fail for the sake of the American Trial Lawyers Association..... Lawyers and politicians, the most destructive nightmare in my America.
Great book!!! Read it!!! Think about the difference between justice and legality, and do something to reclaim justice. The world craves two things. Justice - and Mercy. We need both, in balance, and NO written code of laws will ever accomplish what must come from a human heart.
Just my humble opinion.
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In fact the tension between Rizzoli & Isles in this story irritated me, considering how their friendship had been affected and threatened in the last book.
Although I liked some aspects of the fables and fairy tales, I found the link between the crimes of decades ago to the current story a little implausible. For me, the conclusion was a little too compact and not worth all the waiting for, and another hostage/captive situation where we knew one of our heroines would absolutely survive, was repetitious and in my opinion tedious.
That said I will most definitely be reading the next instalment as this review reflects my opinion and not the overall brilliance of TG.
A hand is found in a Chinatown alley in Boston and when Rizzoli climbs to the roof top she finds its owner - a woman with a throat slashed so deeply her head is nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair cling to her body and Rizzoli is in for a shock when they are analysed and find that they are not human.
"....considering what kind of monkey this is. In India, these are known as the Hamnuman Langur. Hanuman is the Hindu god known as the Monkey Warrior". The same chill.....whispered like an icy breath up Jane's neck. She thought of the creature in the alley. Remembered the gleam of its sword as it turned and slipped into the shadows"
There is a reason for a Warrior seeking vengeance. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. It seemed an open and shut case but was the real murderer ever found? Tragedy seems to have stalked the families of those involved, both losing a daughter who had gone missing. Coincidence or not?
One woman connected to the massacre is still alive - a mysterious and beautiful martial arts master who knows a secret connected to this crime and is determined that those involved will never forget it.
Difficult to continue reviewing this terrific book without giving away any of its secrets so I am going to stop right here. Suffice it to say, this is totally gripping and unputdownable and also quite creepy with this mysterious seemingly ghostly figure who keeps appearing at the dead of night. I found The Killing Place had a spooky feel about it as well and a sense of mysterious forces at hand and The Silent Girl has the same brooding atmoshpere.
I have read all of Tess Gerritsen's books, her earlier ones are well written, competent thrillers with a bit of love interest thrown in and most enjoyable, but she has really hit her stride with the Rizzoli and Isles series and long may they last.
You may wonder why I have not given this five stars as I love these books so much - well, just giving myself a bit of space for maneouvre as I am sure these will carry on getting better and better and a five star is on its way - guaranteed.....
I found this one particularly interesting with the stories of Chinese folklore and fables interwoven with the plot.
Synopses have been given in elsewhere so I won't repeat other excellent reviews, except to say that I enjoyed the book and didn't find it as far-fetched as some low-star reviews have said -each to his or her own I guess.
My only tiny niggle was that the beginning story of the policeman on trial for killing a suspected police killer. There was a very brief mention much later, that he was convicted, but I felt that story-line was weak and not well linked to the main story. Maura was supposedly out of favour with the Boston Police Force, but there was no point to this thread at all.