Tess Gerritsen is the Swiss Army knife of novelists. I've never seen an author who can write about so may different places, topics and backgrounds, and do it all very well.
In her previous book (Ice Cold) the readers were taken on a tour of rural Wyoming and a life and death trek through the frozen forests and mountains of the western U.S.
In The Silent Girl, we suddenly find ourselves in the dark narrow alleys and windy rooftops of Boston's Chinatown. Someone - or some *thing* - is lurking in the shadows, and Rizzoli has to determine whose side this mysterious entity is on... if it even exists.
This is an intriguing story, blending Oriental traditions and mythology with themes of friendship, family loyalty, and family betrayal. This is a story of crimes past and present, with the constant nerve-grating knowledge that at any time, the darkness may come alive and reach out for..... but that would be telling, now, wouldn't it?
All I'll say is that Gerritsen, with her usual finesse, manages to bring all the parts and pieces together for a very satisfactory conclusion. And after that, as usual, there's yet another twist...
I've always enjoyed Gerritsen's ability to mesmerize, thrill, and even terrify the reader while at the same time keeping the story and plot firmly based in reality. That's incredibly hard to do. Other authors - even ones I very much enjoy reading - often depend on some supernatural entity or event in order to make their story work. I'm not knocking this; I have nothing against ghosts, zombies or mutant killers who can fly or walk through walls. But how much harder must it be to write a story that has every appearance of the supernatural, but turn out in the end to have a very realistic and believable explanation? Tess Gerritsen manages to produce this literary miracle in every book she writes!
Do yourself a favor and grab this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed!
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