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The Silent Girl

Author
Tess Gerritsen
Genre
Media
Book
Publisher
Bantam
ISBN
9780593063248
Reviewer
Selina

Synopsis

In the murky shadows of an alley in Boston's Chinatown a hand has been discovered. On the rooftop above lies a woman's severed head. Two strands of silver hair - not human - cling to the body that lies nearby. These are Detective Jane Rizzoli's only clues, but they are enough for her and Dr Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel. Seventeen years early a horrifying attack in a Boston restaurant left five people dead. Only one woman connected to the massacre is now still alive - a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dare not tell. A secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of the city. A secret that may not even be human. It soon becomes clear than an ancient evil is stirring in Chinatown: an evil that has killed before, and will kill again - unless Jane and Maura can track it down, and defeat it.

Review

Another gripping thriller form Gerritsen. Again we join Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles as they investigate a series of killings in Chinatown, which seem to be connected to a murder-suicide 19 years earlier, and a series of missing girls. The main problem is that the present day killer seems to be undetectable - no evidence, never caught on cameras, and with animal fast reflexes.

However, some people aren't happy about a 19 year old case being reopened, and as they get nearer to the truth, the search has devastating consequences.

Once again Gerritsen has managed to continue the Rizzoli and Isles series without just repeating the same old story. Basing this novel in Chinatown, she has obviously done her research, and the cultural aspects are vivid and paint a great portrait of the close knit community that many people will not be familiar with.

Gerritsen continues to impress with her lack of predictability and ability to keep the reader gripped form beginning to end. You can rely on a great read.

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