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The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel | [Tess Gerritsen]

The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

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.
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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.

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    Julie Troshkova Prague 10-06-12
    Julie Troshkova Prague 10-06-12

    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.

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    "Didn't finish listening to this book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 10-04-12
    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Might have been better to read the book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silent Girl the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was okay. I think it has been done by many other authors in many other stories but it appeals to me nonetheless.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tanya Eby?

    Probably not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The story started rather slowly, and I had no problem turning it off initially.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Griffith Gill British Columbia, Canada 02-11-12
    Judy Griffith Gill British Columbia, Canada 02-11-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "Tess Gerritson is a master storyteller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because this is the most powerful story she's written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Girl?

    Jane's courageous struggle in the dark cellar while Mrs. Feng urges her on so Jane might live to hold her small daughter again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last time Jane spots the silver hair where she least expects it, and her response to that discovery.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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..


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alton Leesburg, FL 10-28-11
    Alton Leesburg, FL 10-28-11 Member Since 2013

    Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.

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    "Not Gerritsen at her best"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 10-03-11
    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Tess worte an OUTSTANDING Book!"

    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!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 08-14-11
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 08-14-11 Member Since 2010

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    "A fair and slow paced mystery."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-20-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-20-11 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    "Good Book"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. E. Eisenhart 07-29-15
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    "Spellbinding"

    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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    Sue Peek 05-18-15
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    It was hard not to compare this with the TV program and this lacks the personal interaction that we are used to. Therefore the story was good but certainly not great.

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    Roberta L. Dowling 04-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "The best yet!!"

    This was one of the most thrilling exciting books to the very end !! Awesome read- awesome listen! I loved it!

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