It is my absolute pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Tess Gerritsen’s latest Rizzoli & Isles novel, I Know a Secret. My thanks to Anne Cater and Transworld Books for inviting me to be a part of the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book with you all in just a moment after I have given you a little look at what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
I have a secret.
And someone wants to make sure I never tell . . .
In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death.
Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two victims is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets?
One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him.
But she has a secret that she has to keep . . .
When you are asked if you would like in on the blog tour for the latest Rizzoli and Isles instalment, only an idiot would say no. Thankfully I didn’t have my idiot head on that day and so, lucky blogger that I am, I managed to get hold of an early copy of I Know a Secret, and boy am I glad I did. For any fan of the series, advance notice here, this one is a cracker and a real time robber of a book because once you start, you aren’t going to want to put it down.
Called to the scene of a suspicious death Detectives Rizzoli and Frost are faced with one massive puzzle, one which they will most certainly need the help of Maura Isles to solve. The victim, a young woman, looks almost to have died peacefully in her sleep. Aside from a lack of pulse, her body is in almost pristine condition. Almost, that is, apart from one notable exception. A very gruesome gift left behind for her poor father to find.
There is no sense behind the death, no clue as to what, or who, may have caused it. It is not until another victim is found that the true nature of the case begins to become clear. But just how far reaching the case will become is yet to be known. And as to why these people are being targeted, and who the mysterious voyeur is, the young woman whose point of view we as readers become privy too, that is a mystery you will have to read to find the answer to I’m afraid.
For fans of the Rizzoli and Isles series, picking up this book will feel like you are slipping on your most loved and comfortable pair of slippers. The familiarity of the characters, their personal challenges and the strange and diverse family dynamic surrounding the two central characters, are weaved effortlessly throughout the book. Rizzoli seems to have a settled life of her own, but it is her mother who is facing the most turbulent and uncertain time. And as for Isles, she has some very serious conflicts to deal with. Firstly there is her reluctant engagement with her birth mother, and then the impossible and yet impossible to ignore relationship with Father Daniel Brophy.
This book is at times gruesome without being gory; the plotting slick and the characterisations perfect, be it the well established characters who readers have come to know and love, or the new characters who come into our lives for just a short period of time. I really loved the characters of Amber, Travis and Ben, the first victim’s friends and work colleagues. They were so skilfully crafted that I could absolutely imagine them as the young independent film makers, lost in the creation of their art at the expense of all else, most especially personal hygiene. There is a studentish vibe and exuberance about them which made me smile with every scene they were present in.
What I loved about this book is that from the very start you are drawn into a mystery, one which, if you are anything like me at least, you will be so very desperate to solve. The story opens not upon the first murder, but upon our mystery person, the one whose voice we hear at intervals throughout the story. This opening chapter poses so many questions that I found myself immediately engaged, sucked straight into something I knew was going to be special. And boy was it. I daren’t say too much – you need to read for yourself – but this opeing chapter sets up everything you need to know about the rest of the book and as you read on, each piece of the puzzle will slot perfectly into place and the resultant picture is absolutely sublime.
Pacing was such that I was drawn onward, not wanting to give up reading until I was done. And after two evenings of immersion in this strange and twisted investigation I was done. There are clues carefully drip fed throughout the book and the most observant readers may feel certain that they know just whodunnit. But then perhaps you are wrong as there is more than the occasional red-herring, meaning you are just as likely to be blindsided by certain revelations too.
I Know a Secret is book twelve in the series, and if you are a fan, then this is an absolute must read. If you are new to the series then give this one a go anyway. I don’t think you will be disappointed and think of all the fun you can have then going back and filling in the gaps in your knowledge with the first eleven books.
My thanks to publishers Transworld for the advance copy of I Know a Secret for review. It is released on 10th August and can be ordered at the following links.
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. But her interests span far more than medical topics. 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. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel HARVEST, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series “Rizzoli & isles.” She lives with her husband in Maine.
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