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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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    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker 07-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "somewhat disappointing"

    I have read all Rizzoli and Isles books long before the TV series was made. I liked the storyline,even though it was really easy to figure out who the murderer was. What I didn't like was the missing interaction between Rizzoli and Isles and even between Rizzoli and the rest of the family, which are only mentioned in passing.The main reason I read Tess Gerritsens Books is because of the interaction of the characters and the full cast of friends family and rivals to follow. Isles storyline I think is only there to prepare for the next book. I really hope that in the next book TG will go back to a real Rizzoli and Isles story

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sia Nivaa, Denmark 07-30-11
    Sia Nivaa, Denmark 07-30-11
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    "Waste of time and talent"

    I am disappointed with this book, I have read all the Isle's and Rizzoli books, and loved them. This one, I only finished because I had hope that it would improve.
    While I didn't mind the narrator on the last book, I didn't like her in this one. If you can't make an accent, don't do it, and whats up with the nasal sounds?
    The plot I had mostly figured out beforehand, long before, and had I know it would circle so much around parenthood, I would have skipped it. This book has taught me, that next time, I will wait for the reviews. This one is mediocre at best, sorry Tess..

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-17-11
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Pretty good story - Poorly read."

    The central story here is a pretty good mystery, although I had it pretty well figured out long before the end. It's really a Rizzoli story with almost no Isles. There is a side story with Maura Isles that refers back to a previous book and has absolutely nothing to do with the current mystery, and goes absolutely nowhere. It seems to be included just to have Maura in the book.
    The narration is very disappointing - to the point that I have downgraded my rating from what could have been a 4 in the hands of a more competent reader. Tanya Eby's interpretation of the text and her voicing of the characters was enough of a distraction to prevent me from really getting into the story - her voices for the male characters were especially bad. I will have to pass on downloading books with her as the reader in the future, even for titles I would otherwise consider.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Denton, TX, United States 09-16-11
    Anthony Denton, TX, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Realistic Emotions"

    Tess Geristsen is a perfectionist when it comes to creating a puzzle with many edges! Loved the flow of the storyline with different view points. Love it when you don't see it coming!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 07-18-11
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2007

    Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights

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    "Great Story"

    As usual, a great murder mystery. This time it is speckled with some of the mystical elements of ancient martial arts, and something possibly otherworldly to add to the spice of the conundrum. Maura is a low-key character again, which always disappoints me. I love Jane, but I wish Ms. Gerritsen would allow Maura to play a larger role in her novels. I suppose as an ME it might be normal to only see her when she is performing an autopsy, but I always enjoy it when her character is woven into the story. Also, as usual, a TERRIBLE narrator AGAIN! This one has to be one of the top two worst of all, and I have listened to almost all of her books now. I don't know why Brilliance Audio can't seem to find a narrator that is not only great for the stories (and someone who can emulate a real Bostonian accent - not sound as though they are from Queens!) but it would give the Rizzoli and Isles books some continuity that is sorely lacking. Going from book to book it would be nice to hear that familiar voice who you have come to know as Rizzoli or Frost, but they are all just terrible. In this one, Frost sounded as though he was talking through his nose, or had a really bad cold every time he spoke. It was awful. I can't punish the book for a terrible narrator, so my star rating doesn't reflect that, but Hey! Brilliance Audio! Get with the program!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cedar Park, TX, United States 09-06-12
    Amazon Customer Cedar Park, TX, United States 09-06-12

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    "Great story, not a great listen"

    I loved the story! However, the narrator was boring! She didn't give expression to the characters and was just a step above monotone. She was too busy pronouncing her words so perfectly that that she was slow and expressionless. I have heard other Tess Gerritsen books and they were great! Bring back Anna Fields, Susan Denaker or Kathe Mazur!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather CONCORD, MA, United States 01-04-12
    Heather CONCORD, MA, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Another good one from Gerritsen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. I did like this one too! have read most of Gerritsen's other novels and they are good reads. I will look for more in this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Asian component was a great twist in this one and that it took place here in Boston


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Iris


    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Hamilton, New Zealand 10-19-11
    Genevieve Hamilton, New Zealand 10-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome first experience!"

    Starting my trial this was my immediate choice to use my credit on as I've been gagging to get Tess Gerritsen's latest Rizzoli & Isles. I must admit to thinking I was going "make do" with the audio book until I could get the printed copy but I have been very pleasantly surprised. Not only was the story itself extremely gripping, easily one of my favourite of the series but Tanya Eby narrated it fantastically. She infused the characters with a realistic feel and it added to my eagerness to keep listening. I suspect that if I could have listened in one sitting I would have.

    As with Tess Gerritsen's other stories, this is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up until the end. I'm hoping that we'll be seeing some more of the some of the mysterious and gripping new characters we met.

    This is a definte for any Tess Gerritsen fans or anyone else who might be looking for an addictive new author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Upland, IN, United States 11-29-11
    Ken Upland, IN, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "An Absolutely First Class Read!"

    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!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "An excellent listen "

    This is the latest book the series featuring detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles and it's a cracking good story. Each book in the series can be enjoyed on its own but knowing the back-story, from previous books, adds to ones understanding of the characters' motivations. I'm often amazed at author's ingenuity in thinking up plots and this book has a particularly interesting and exotic background of Boston's Chinatown and the communities cultural heritage. It's a cracking good story that I finished quickly as I was eager to find out the solution to the crimes.
    The reader is very good.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tippy
    London
    10/6/11
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    "The Silent Girl"

    This is the first book I have read/listened to by Tess Gerritsen and can highly recommend it , although this is part of a series it did not detract in anyway that I had not read previous books in the series. I have had some very late nights staying up to listen - a gripping, book with superb twists. The reader complimented the book perfectly. I will be listening to others in this series!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Maureen
    Kirby Muxloe, United Kingdom
    9/24/11
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    "Superb Gerritsen - as ever"

    My attention was immediately grabbed by this book, The plot had lots of twists and seemingly obscure unconnected happenings, but still my interest was held.
    The end gathered together all the stray ends in an easy manner. Strong characters and well put together. I really enjoyed this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mucklewick
    Knighton, United Kingdom
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    "Will be a firm favorite. 1 of the best R&I's plots"

    A good story by Tess Gerritson, One that brings her knowledge of American Chinese into the story. The whole thing weaves together beautifully, and has your imagination working to fill in the images and legends described. A master-class.

    There is only one thing that I would caution against because it isn't given away with the book blurb, although it does become apparent towards the end; if you find child abuse triggering you might want to give this story a miss. It's certainly not as graphic as some books out there, and shouldn't be a problem for most people, but if you're feeling a bit vulnerable you might want to leave it until you're not as likely to be triggered. Don't be tempted to pass this book by completely though, it's too good for that to happen.

    So far I think this story could very well be my favourite Rizzoli and Isles novel, and up until this point I didn't think much could top Ice Cold.

    Tanya Eby does a good job with the narration, and that means this is a pleasure to listen to right until the end.

    Overall a great attempt at both plot and execution from all concerned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter B.
    Stoke on Trent
    4/11/13
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    "Another Good Listen"

    The television series got me interested in the books and now that I have listened to all of the books I understand what my wife was complaining about when she first started watching the television series. They are like two completely unrelated entities but that is besides the point. This book added a lot more body to the characters that Tess Gerritsen has developed in the previous books and the maternal instincts are brought to the fore in both Jane and Maura to give such a homely feel to the characters.



    Intertwined with this you have a really gritty story based in Chinatown which allows yet another detective to brought into the family and add more body to the whole investigative field.



    While being a little predictable at time within the story there are still points that startle so you have to keep listening closely or you can lost on one of the red herrings.



    I really enjoyed this story because it was a woman based investigation, that is the perpetrators of the crimes being investigated were women (or maybe not), which made a change from the usual suspects.



    The one thing that puzzles me in this last two or three books though is, does Regina realise that she has got a mother because Jane seems to be away for days at a time and sometimes her husband is with her.



    Altogether a really good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    2/29/12
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    "Not one of her best"

    I'm not sure if it was the narration that detracted from my enjoyment of this book or whether it was the content which seemed to jump around quite a bit.
    I have read a lot of Tess Gerritsen booksbut this is the first one I have listened to and this one just didn't seem to have a riveting story. The narration was very flat and not the best so this didn't help.
    That said, it's an okay listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Llanfechain, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
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    "Great find"

    I was very pleased to discover Tess Gerritsen and her creations. Nicely put together, credible exciting plot and well rounded characters. Very pleasing Narrator... sounds oddly similar to Lorelei who narrated Vanish, the next in the series.. and I strongly suspect I shall soon acquaint myself with the rest!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lorraine
    margate, United Kingdom
    10/22/11
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    "terrible quality"

    Shame ruined a good book. Sounded like a computer narrated recording very robotic which made it hard to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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