In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning — and a swift, avenging blade.
©2011 Tess Gerritsen (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
My reviews are my personal opinions. I am not an expert or a critic or a massive reader/audiobook listener, and neither do I claim to be. I choose my audiobooks by reading the reviews, therefore I try and make my reviews as honest as possible.
I always try to choose my audiobooks carefully because they are pricey, so I bought this audiobook because of the description and the reviews. I have to say, I wasted my money. The beginning is good and that is the only reason I gave the Story 2*, not 1*. Unfortunately, after the first two chapters the story begins to become more and more boring. I only had a couple of chapters to go until the end, but I was so uninterested in the story I often had to rewind because my mind would wander elsewhere. In the end I just gave up and didn't finish listening.
The narrator's voice is too soothing for my liking. I feel like Tanya Eby should do meditation tapes rather than narrate crime novels. Her narration was too monotone for me. Although she tries to vary her tone and do voices for the different characters, I wouldn't say she is good at it.
Overall, I gave this audiobook 2* and I would not recommend it.
I have some personal interest in the art of the sword. Although my personal experience is in Japanese swords, the presence of sword usage in this book was a bonus, in my opinion.
The plot was okay. I think it has been done by many other authors in many other stories but it appeals to me nonetheless.
No. The story started rather slowly, and I had no problem turning it off initially.
I felt the narrator read the book more like it was a news broadcast. There was an attempt made to compensate for different voices but this is not a strength of the narrator. Also, the narrator made some attempt to provide authenticity by adopting a Boston or NYC accent at times, but this was not consistently performed. I had many parts of the story figured out before the end of the book. Overall, it was an okay listen and I did finish it because it provided enough interest to keep me wanting to find out if I was correct.
Yes, because this is the most powerful story she's written.
Jane's courageous struggle in the dark cellar while Mrs. Feng urges her on so Jane might live to hold her small daughter again.
The last time Jane spots the silver hair where she least expects it, and her response to that discovery.
Tough Boston detective Jane Rizzolii solves a decades old case--with the aid of someone or something she cannot see, yet cannot help but believe in..
I've been reading Tess Gerritson's books for years, and found this the strongest, most compelling novel she's ever written. Tanya Eby's performance added greatly to my listening pleasure. All in all, a stunning experience. I look forward to any further books written by Gerritson and performed by Eby.
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
Weak storyline, weak uninteresting characters keep this book very vanilla and average. The series characters of Rizzoli and Isles can't save this from being a mediocre book. It's only saving grace is it is a fast listen.
This book is awesome. The narrator did an excellent job which made it seem so real as if I were there in the story. I had to email Mrs. Gerritsen to let her know that she out-did herself on this one. This is by far my favorite book from my favorite author. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
I enjoyed the ‘Silent Girl’. It contained eastern mysticism, a well written plot, and a twisted and a surprising ending. The narration wasn’t the best and I think that spoilt my enjoyment of the book. Otherwise, I would totally recommend it.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I enjoyed this book even though the narrator was a little annoying. Tess Gerritsen writes a really good story that was easy to listen too.
I really liked this book. It is the second one I have listened to by Gerritsen. Keeps you on the edge until the end. Will buy another soon. I like the tv show too, but they are really not the same. The mix of science, culture and police procedural makes this one intense and fun.
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