Review 7. Tess Gerritsen - The silent girl.

Het Stille Meisje (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #9).
Title: Tess Gerritsen - The silent girl.
Pages: 336.
: July 5th 2011.
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Serie: Part 9 in Rizolli & Isles, but you can read it as a stand alone.
Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are 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. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime resonating 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.

Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite writers, but this book was not as good as her other books. Normally I'm hooked, but that feeling wasn't as strong now.

Maura Isles is in trouble. Everybody blames her for putting a respected police officer behind bars, but she can only see the story through her victims eyes. She likes to live according to rules. Even Jane treats her friend different and that gives a strange feeling in this book. But, let's go to the real story. There's a red-haired dead woman on a rove (above the restaurant mentioned on the back.) Her hand is severed from her body and her head is almost chopped off. According to the kind of wounds, it's done by an extremely sharp sword.

That's the connection between this murder and a murder-suicide from nineteen ears ago. The woman connected to that massacre is alive and she is a master in martial arts; and she has a sword. Is she the one?

Unfortunately, it's not that easy. There's a secret, buried so deep that the police has trouble finding it. There are mysterious notes, which appears every year on the day the murder-suicide happened. There are hairs found on the body which can't be identified. An old police agent who retired years ago is searching for missing girls. Girls who are linked to the people who died nineteen years ago. What the hell is going on?

Of course, there's Jane and Maura, but they have a newcomer. A boy who wants to be noticed, so he can get a position at Jane's department. He really wants to prove something and that has two sides. He's eager to learn and he commits himself full to the murder. But he makes mistakes sometimes; like, he makes the family members angry with his questions.

Jane is a real bitch in this book. Most of the time, she can be that way, but I like that about her. Now, it annoyed me a bit, because she's so harsh at Maura. It's nice that the boy from the 8th book returns. He has a tiny role, but I liked him.

There's so much going on and I always like how Tess keeps it easy to follow. Everything comes together at the end and I'm always wrong.. She surprises me and that's one of her good points. The writing is easy and quick, but I just missed something. Still, a really good read!

If you like a thriller, you should definitely read this one (or start in the first book. It's a stand alone, but sometimes, things from earlier books return in it.)


  1. I have heard many things about Tess Gerritsen but it looks like this is not the best book to start with. Which of her novels is your favorite?

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    1. My favorite one is Vanish! It's part 5 in the Rizolli and Isle serie, but you can read them seperate if you want. The only thing you miss are somethings little hints to another book and little details about the characters.

    2. Okay, cool, I'll be sure to check it out :)


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