The Silent Girl (Review)

Book cover for "The Silent Girl" by Tess Gerritsen.Title: The Silent Girl

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 480

Genre: Fiction, Crime

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

In the murky shadows of Boston’s Chinatown lies a severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed in black, her head nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are homicide cop Jane Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive — a mysterious martial arts master who is now the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning — and a swift, avenging blade.

(This is the ninth book in the Rizzoli & Isles series, after The Surgeon, The Apprentice, The Sinner, Body Double, Vanish, The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, and Ice Cold.)

This instalment in the series felt a little too mystical for me, right from the outset. Maybe it’s just me, but when I read crime novels, I want to read realistic – if slightly overwrought – police fiction. If I wanted to read fantasy, I’d pick up a fantasy book.

I’m not saying that that’s necessarily what The Silent Girl turns out to be, but it’s how the setup felt. And I guess I just never really recovered my interest from there. The writing and the characters are the same caliber as the rest of the series, but this one just didn’t pique my personal interest very well.


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