The Shape Of The Night by Tess Gerritsen Bantam Press October 3rd 2019
When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past.
Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.
But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone.
Either that or she is losing her mind.
The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls,
or from somewhere else entirely?
Now, I am a huge Tess Gerritsen fan, and i love her crime novels so it was interesting to see what she would do out of her genre.
It was actually a very pleasant surprise, as Gerritsen plunged us into a ghost story with a bit of crime alongside. Ava was our main character and I loved her, even if it was only for her wonderful cooking skills, but it was her relationship with Brodie’s Watch, the beautiful imposing house she rented to finish her cookery book.
As she stepped inside Gerritsen made you feel the tingling tension that Ava felt, the uneasiness and lingering sense of another presence. It was to become a part of the book that surprised me, that didn’t scare me, but was instead just a little bit steamy and slightly erotic! It wasn’t your Five Shades of Grey, it was better than that, and allowed Gerritsen to show the vulnerabilities of a woman at a crossroads in her life, who needed to come to terms with past events and move on.
As she investigated the history of the house, the intrigue intensified and Gerritsen dipped back into her usual crime mode. The crime didn’t take over the story, instead it formed the backdrop, as Ava wrestled with her feelings and emotions.
The imaginary was a real highlight, and painted wonderfully vivid pictures, the atmosphere tingling and eerie.
It was upto you how you interpreted Ava’s ghostly encounters, either at face value or something deeper as it tapped into her subconscious awakening underlying emotions.
I have to say I really enjoyed The Shape Of The Night, a welcome and accomplished departure for an author so often entrenched in the blood and gore of serial killers and crime.
I would like to thank Bantam Press for a copy of a The Shape Of The Night to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to
her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her
thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner
Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests
span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at
Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she
continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures
and bizarre natural phenomena. Tess has sold over 40 million copies of her