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The Shape of Night

A Novel
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a coastal village in Maine - and to a string of unsolved murders - in this novel of romance and psychological suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

“Suspenseful, sexy, and soulful.” (J. R. Ward, bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series)

After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.

In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace...until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.

Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century. One night, Ava confronts an apparition, who feels all too real, and who welcomes her into his world - and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits. But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: Every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work? A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?

Praise for The Shape of Night

“This book reminds me why I love reading. I wish this were a series so I could spend more time in Tucker's Cove. Tess Gerritsen is a writer I look up to!” (J.R. Ward, bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series)

“Reminiscent of the best of du Maurier, this modern gothic is eerie, tantalizing, spine-tingling, and sensual.... An altogether delicious read.”(Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

“With a twisty mix of dangerous passion, obsession, and suspense, Tess Gerritsen reinvents the Gothic novel, giving it a razor-sharp, modern edge.” (Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Untouchable)

©2019 Tess Gerritsen (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Just not for me..

I am returning this book. If it didn’t have Tess Garritsen’s name on it I would have never guessed that this book was written by her. I really enjoy her procedurals but this book is a little too far out there for me. I could only make it through about half the book before I quit. Unless you’re into bondage with a little sadism that includes a ghostly apparition (don’t know what else to call him ) then this gothic story may not be for you. I hope Garritsen returns to writing her Rizzoli and Isles or something more realistic.
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I Do Not Have The Words...

It really pains me to say anything negative about Tess Gerritsen because I absolutely adore her, but this was a disaster. The narrator was good, she did well with what she had to work with. I thought the Maine accent sounded great, but I am from Alabama, so most accents could be from Maine to me if you told me it was. I love all of the Rizzoli and Isles books, and even her standalone, Playing with Fire, but this book... I do not have the words to express how terrible this book is right now. I am writing this review before I even finish the last couple of chapters because I do not care how it ends. The book feels like a train wreck and I really want to get off the ride. Do yourself a favor, do not purchase this book. Read these reviews that are similar and know they are real. This is her attempt at a very odd paranormal tale, If this was an experiment, it went awry. Don't be a hero, do not try to forge your way through. Just let this one go by. Avert your eyes. And ears.

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Tess Gerritsen is much better than this garbage!

I agree completely with the review posted earlier today by Audible listener Shelley. I'm also returning this novel.

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Not her best

I usually finish tess books in less than a day... this book too a week I had to keep starting over because the author is so boring and the whole book is just not the tess I’m used to I’ve read and listen to all of her books and this is so not her sorry I am also returning this book sorry 😞

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Not what I hoped for after waiting so long...

I'm not sure what I actually expected, but I love Tess Gerritsen's books. I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next, but it was...um, awkward. From the prologue, I was excited to hear this "ghost" story but what I got was a lot of strings that dangled me along and led me to something totally incomplete. Even the twist was mundane and the ending seemed rushed. I do not recommend this book as much as i hate to say it. I would write more, but I don't want to spoil it for others who may come behind me to check it out and happen across this review.

I won't say it was a waste of time, but I wish I didn't feel so empty like I've missed something. The narration was pretty cool but the story was just, eh. Sadly, I must return this book because I will NEVER listen to it again...

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Just meh

I bought this the day it came out, having read one other gerritsen (the bone garden, which was fabulous), and I heard this was a spin off of the Ghost and Mrs Muir. Plus I live in Maine and love a bit of local. I was pretty disappointed, being brutally honest. It’s kind of BDSM/fifty shades meets ghost and Mrs Muir meets Murder, She Wrote. Written by a teenager. The main character is really pretty unlikable, and she certainly doesn’t improve or progress by the (sadly obvious) surprise ending. The narrator does a passable job at a Maine accent (no small feat; I was born here and I can’t do a Maine accent), but otherwise she’s a little nasal and grating. Overall, I’m disappointed to say I didn’t feel it was worth the credit. Wish I’d just bought the audible version of the Ghost and Mrs Muir.

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I enjoyed it, very different

I did enjoy this supernatural gothic romance (I almost added the descriptor 'erotic', because there's a tlittle bit of that but it's not a lot). It is extremely different from anything else I've read by Tess Gerritsen, so it might be helpful to go into it without any expectations. I will read more if she continues with this genre, I think they will get better over time.
The narrator was ok, although she over-articulated like she was reading a book. Some narrators make you forget you're listening to a book and you feel like they're telling you a story. That didn't happen with this book. However, I think she would be excellent for children's books.

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Not Typical Tess Book

I struggled to finish this hoping for better results. I believe I have read all of Tess'books-this one I was definitely disappointed. She took it to a new level-a level that makes me very weary to read any of her future books. It makes me think.. why would she take this route on any of her books? She's too good of a writer to do that.
Tess, are you testing to find a new audience? If that's the audience your looking for in the future, I'm out!

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Don't bother

I've come to expect better from Tess Gerritsen.
This. Was. Trash.
I kept hoping it would get better, but it's just an awful mess. And the narrator, ugh! She goes back and forth between sounding robotic and sounding bored. Very disappointing all the way around.

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Curiosity kept me reading

I loved the Maine setting and the commentary about Hannibal, her cat. The way the mystery unfolded was surprising and kept my attention, and her decision whether to keep her secret was good sage advice. But, I agree with other reviewers. I didn't find the sexual escapes necessary or moving, they were somewhat annoying, and I often skipped through them completely.