I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

August 21st, 2017 Kimberly Review 45 Comments

21st Aug
I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen
I Know a Secret
by Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles #12
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
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In the twelfth gripping novel featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the crime-solving duo—featured in the smash-hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles—are faced with the gruesomely staged murder of a horror film producer.

The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.

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The Last Rizzoli & Isles book published in 2014, so I was excited to get my hands on an early copy of I KNOW A SECRET by Tess Gerritsen. Since 2o01 long before, the series became a popular television series on TNT, I’ve spent time with Maura and Jane as they solve crimes and catch killers.

I KNOW A SECRET offered an intense mystery filled with suspense and danger as Jane, her partners, and Maura place themselves at risk.

Gerristen knows how to pull the reader in, and she opens the story with a gruesome crime scene. The victim is found lying on her bed with no apparent cause of death.  No need to check for a pulse though as the victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hands. And so we begin. Before it is all done there will be more victims, and Maura will need to consult with the man she loves but has agreed to stop seeing. Their’s is a forbidden romance and fans of the series will appreciate the development of that thread.

Jane is racing against time as she gathers clues and searches for a connection between the victims. Meanwhile, Maura looks for answers on the autopsy table and makes a startling discovery. Gerristen makes the reader feel as if they are a part of the case, revealing clues and sharing findings. The perspective of the killer was creeptastic, and aspect I look for in these kinds of thrillers. The criminal mind intrigues me, and Gerristen shares their chilling and disturbing thoughts. It added welcome tension as the suspense built since we know things the characters do not.

We get updates on Frankie, Gabriel, and Jane’s family. We also spend a little time with a member of Maura’s family. All of the threads even ones that seem insignificant are carefully woven together until Gerristen reveals the answers. The tale was filled with twists and turns as secondary characters and suspects are eliminated. I did piece together bits but was surprised by a character when the truth was revealed.

From the pacing to the realistic and chilling case I easily lost myself within the pages of I KNOW A SECRET and devoured it in just two evenings.

I KNOW A SECRET by Tess Gerritsen will give readers chills as Rizzoli & Isles work to catch a serial killer with a twisted agenda. Click To Tweet


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45 Responses to “I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen”

  1. Leona

    I have always been serious about Gerristen’s writing since my mom had so many of her books, but while the mysteries I think will grab my attention the two main characters will probably irritate me.

  2. Lorna

    I love these books. I have probably read 8 or 9 of them before I quit reading that much suspense. You make me want to read them again. Or at least someday

  3. Carole

    This is a series that I know I should read. I am pretty sure that I would really enjoy it. I just need more reading time! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Suzanne

    I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I love both the book series and the TV show so I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  5. Lizzy

    I watched some of the Rizzoli and Isles show back a few years ago and started the first book but got too creeped out to finish it! I might try again now…my tolerance has definitely gone up, haha!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, I loved seeing the characters come to life. My husband got annoyed when I said things like, that’s not what happened in the book..LOL

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve been meaning to read this series, as I LOVED the TV show…one of my favorites, and I’m sad it’s over. So…the only recourse is to read the books, right? Thanks for sharing.

  7. Nick

    Tess Gerritsen used to be an author I absolutely loved. I haven’t read a book from her in so long, but you’re definitely making me want to read her again, Kim. The crime scene sounds brutal, but I’m also intrigued to see what exactly happened!
    Fabulous review!

  8. Quinn's Book Nook

    I used to be a huge Tess Gerritsen fan. I think I even read the first Rizzoli and Isles book (The Apprentice?). I loved The Surgeon and The Harvest especially (Not this series). But around the time this series got started I discovered the romance genre and never really went back. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. Gerritsen is great.

  9. verushka

    I’ve loved this series, but haven’t yet actually read one of the series. I”m so curious about what happens to their families — along with the very intriguing mystery, of course!

  10. Nadene

    I loved the tv series and was sorry to see it end. I never read any of the books before. However after reading your review I am seriously considering it,

  11. Silvia

    Although I’ve never watched it, I know the TV series and I confess you actually got me curious with the books now! Your “the perspective of the killer was creeptastic” makes me think it could totally work for me as well, so I think I’ll have to check the books 😀