The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

October 2nd, 2019 Kimberly Review 9 Comments

2nd Oct
The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
The Shape of Night
by Tess Gerritsen
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense Thriller
Source: Publisher
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A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine--and to a string of unsolved murders--in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie's Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she's been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house--until she starts to hear strange noises.

Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks--and feels--all too real. Meanwhile, there's been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don't add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter's mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there's a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden.

Soon all of Ava's waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie's ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.

MURDERMYSTERY paranormal SUSPENSE thriller

Thanks to my library I discovered Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles murder mystery thriller series long before it became a popular TV series, so I was excited to see a new title by her.

The Shape of Night delivered a suspenseful thriller with a touch of murder, a dash of romance, and a twist of the paranormal.

I’ve seen this classified as a paranormal romance, but I think it will disappoint those looking for the romantic aspect. Instead, go into this expecting a suspense thriller. The tale is atmospheric with paranormal elements. It comes with a nice side of dark romance.

If you are a foodie you will love all the recipe chitchat. Our protagonist, Ava Collette has fled Boston for the summer after a terrible tragedy.

The tragedy has left her plagued with unspeakable guilt and a year behind on a deadline for her cookbook. She’s rented, an old captain’s home named Brodie’s Watch on the coastal peninsula of Maine. Here she is hoping to find inspiration to complete the cookbook inspired by New England cuisine.

When she and her Maine Coon cat arrive she immediately feels a sense of foreboding, but as soon as she enters the home that changes. The tale that unfolds delves into the homes history. As Ava explores its history she meets the locals. She learns about the mysterious deaths of several young woman and begins to wonder if the last resident met with foul play as well. Is it the house or something else at play?

This was an addictive, character driven tale that I easily devoured in a few sitting. Gerritsen has a way of pulling you in, and while I began to suspect, she kept me questioning myself until all the pieces fell into place.

The Shape of Night is the perfect mystery suspense thriller to add to your shelf this fall.

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About Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

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9 Responses to “The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen”

  1. Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Kim I have been wanting to try Tess again, it’s been years and I remember not liking it for some reason but I’m ready to dip my toes in and since it’s not a medical mystery or part of her series I think that’s a better pick for me. Great review btw I hate when the blurb or hype push readers toward a certain genre.

  2. Anne

    This sounds so good. I enjoy Maine and cookbooks and mystery thrillers. This is an author I have wanted to try. Outstanding review!

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  3. Leona @ Crafting By The Pound

    My mother had so many of her titles. Back when I first started to read as more than a requirement for homework I became interested in reading her books. I’m hoping to get my hands on one of her stories one of these days.