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The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

Escrito por Tess Gerritsen

Narrado por Tanya Eby


The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

Escrito por Tess Gerritsen

Narrado por Tanya Eby

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (83 valoraciones)
Longitud:
10 horas
Publicado:
Jul 5, 2011
ISBN:
9781423392156
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

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, the body nearly decapitated. 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 a startling discovery: 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 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.

Publicado:
Jul 5, 2011
ISBN:
9781423392156
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest; she followed her debut with the bestsellers Life Support and Gravity. Her other novels include Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, and The Surgeon. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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  • (3/5)
    The Silent Girl
    3 Stars

    First 1/3 is slow and lacks direction, however, the book becomes more enjoyable once the action heats up and things begin to make sense.

    The character development is virtually non-existent and what little there is in the form of Maura's conflict with the men-in-blue and the progression of Angela Rizzoli's relationship with Vince Korsak feels tacked on.

    The mystery of the massacre at a Chinese restaurant and the missing girls is intriguing but the resolution is predictable and the villain obvious. Moreover, not enough detail is provided concerning the underlying crimes and the answers, rather than stemming from strong investigative skills, are merely handed to the reader on a silver platter.

    All in all, the last two installments in the Rizzoli and Isles series have not lived up to their potential. I only hope that the next one is better.
  • (5/5)
    Read it on my Nook. It was another terrific addition to this series. I love reading these books, but I am starting to feel a little sad that I am almost caught up with the author and will have to wait for new releases.
  • (4/5)
    I am a big fan of Rizzoli & Isles on TV. Reading this book was a little disorienting, since it seems to be further in the future than the TV series. However, once I got my head around the differences, I truly enjoyed this book. The unpredictable twists and turns make this novel highly entertaining reading. My only gripe is that Maura, my favourite character in the show, did not appear anywhere near enough in the book. A must-read for any Rizzoli & Isles fan.
  • (3/5)
    I liked this installment of Rizzoli & Isles a bit more than the last. When a couple hit(wo)men end up dead in Boston's Chinatown, Rizzoli and Frost explore old mysteries surrounding a 20 year old murder/suicide and some missing girls. A new character is introduced and Korsak and Mama Rizzoli are getting married. Look out. The Chinese legends and history are woven in nicely. Maura needs to stop pining for the priest. This book was pretty good.
  • (5/5)
    This case initially concerns a mass shooting in a restaurant but soon turns to the trail of a number of missing young girls. Maura Isles has a minor part to play as the investigation is run by Jane Rizzoli. A severed hand is found by a member of a group touring Chinatown, which features strongly in this story. Tess Gerritsen is a master story teller and 'The Silent Girl' does not let her down,in fact I found this latest book to be one of my favorites.
  • (5/5)
    The problem with a book that's written this well is that it really gets to you. When it's written in the city you live in and about 12-yr-old girls disappearing when you have a 12-yr-old daughter, well, that doesn't help matters. To be honest, if I'd known that that was a part of it I might not have picked this up; it's just too close to home. And yet it was so well written that I'm not sorry I did. (Well, until tonight when I start having nightmares, but that's another story.)I remember reading one of Tess Gerritsen's earliest novels, back before Rizzoli & Isles, and being impressed. When the Rizzoli & Isles show came on I didn't put the two together, not having realized that Gerritsen had moved on beyond the medical thrillers. I sought out one of her R&I books and was reminded at how good of a writer she was -- but the suspense was so much that I didn't go back right away. For some reason this week I've been on a keep-me-on-the-edge thriller kick, however, so I specifically picked up _The Silent Girl_.One of the first things about the R&I series is that there are some distinct differences between the books and the show, particularly in the roster of Rizzoli's colleagues. In the books, Rizzoli also is married and has a child. With that said, the characterizations of both Rizzoli and Isles are so well portrayed on the TNT show that it was hard not to picture those actresses as I read. As other reviewers have said, the focus here is more on Rizzoli, although I didn't see that as a problem. Their relationship was a major thread of the book, at least enough so for me to be satisfied. The Chinatown/martial arts piece was the more prevailing part and excellently handled. Which makes sense, of course, since Gerritsen herself is Chinese. (Although, funnily enough, the Rizzoli voice is so strong that I forgot this and was instead picturing her as Italian, but that's neither here nor there.) I also really enjoyed the strong female characters in this book, particularly Iris Fang. And the way that it all came together in the end. Saying too much more would give it away and I don't want to do that so I'll stop it here, but I highly recommend that you give this book a try.
  • (4/5)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book with the background of Chinese woman warriors and the sense of family loyalty. Gerritsen is a physician and an excellent writer. I thought that her novel would be too technical, but Patricia Cornwall goes into more detail in describing an autopsy. Gerritsen presents likeable characters. I enjoy the friendship between Jane Rizzoli and Dr Maura Isles. I liked the way that the story progressed through first person narrative with two different women relaying the story. I definitely plan to read more books written by Tess Gerritsen.
  • (4/5)
    Another satisfying thriller from Gerritsen, less about Isles, more about Rizzoli. Set in exotic Chinatown, with threads of missing girls, violent killings, Irish Mafia, and personal relationships, this mystery contains some surprises that keep the action moving along nicely.
  • (4/5)
    This review will be posted on my blog on August 27th. I haven't really read any of Gerritsen's long stories in the Rizzoli and Isles series so I wasn't too familiar with her work. However, I wasn't disappointed with this book. It's very well written. It has the perfect balance of description and moving along with the plotline so the story never really gets boring. There is also a nice balance between police detective work and forensic evidence from Dr. Isles to wrap up the mystery neatly and nicely. Also, another really great thing about this book is that it doesn't give away important plot twists until right before the character reveals their knowledge about characters or events themselves. There were several times in this novel I didn't come to the conclusion that I knew the truth until right before it was explained to me. Also, the wrap up at the end revealed an aspect that I didn't see coming. I think too many novels make things wrap up too easily, revealing everything too early so it becomes a chore to read, but not this book. It's a great read and a nice way to keep up with the characters Rizzoli and Isles if you hate waiting for the TV show on Monday nights. My only real complaint I suppose, is I expected more action from Rizzoli in the climax of this novel. It was a bit disappointing.
  • (3/5)
    Tess Gerritsen never disappoints. I like her novels very much, and wouldn't want to miss one of them. This novel is better than the previous one, I think. I especially liked the unexpected ending.
  • (4/5)
    Great book, couldn't put it down!
  • (4/5)
    Ms. Gerritsen is a must-read author for me. I don't even read the book blurb, I just pick them up and read. I waited on the library's wait list for this book, when I got it home and read the blurb, I almost took it right back. It didn't sound like my cup of tea. But, I decided I would regret not trying it and so I did. Well, I can definitely say that I am so glad with my decision. I enjoyed this book so much! I look forward to the next installment, and I sure do hope we get to find out a little bit more about Detective Tam! Highly recommended!
  • (5/5)
    I would give this 4 and three quarters stars if I could because it is ALMOST as good as Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. this is the kind of book that makes you go search for the earlier books in the series to see if they're all this good.
  • (3/5)
    The discovery of a body with one hand perfectly sliced from its arm brings up an old crime in Boston's Chinatown, where a restaurant of people were massacred 20 years ago. While Maura Isles is ostracized for testifying against a cop, Jane Rizzoli investigates and tries to find the link between the massacre, several missing girls, and a shadowy creature who seems to be the legendary Monkey King.I read that this was a personal book for the author, and I can see that in some of the details about Chinatown and the Monkey King. I wanted more, though. Somehow Maura Isles was nearly absent from this book and Jane had a dismissive perspective for a lot of the story. The mystery was good, though it was easy to guess the resolution. Not the best in the Rizzoli/Isles series but worth a read as a fair thriller.
  • (4/5)
    Latest in the Rizzoli & Isles series, this one was very good. It involves a 20 year old murder and a good deal of Chinese mysticism. I especially enjoyed the story of The Monkey King, which I confirmed with a friend from China is indeed a fairy tale told to young children.
  • (4/5)
    Advanced Reader Copy received from LTER. Jane Rizzoli, Boston murder detective investigates the mysteries death of a Jane Doe found without a hand on the roof of a Chinatown cursed restaurant.This is a great story that involves a cold case, a new case, serial murders and Boston's China town with it's own Chinese folklore. Gerritsen does a fine job weaving these elements into a fast pace thriller. The only problem I had was I've started this series with number one and then jumped to the latest in the series. I think I missed some of the drawn out character development of not only the protagonists but the supporting characters one gets by staying with a long series.
  • (4/5)
    Gerritsen never disappoints, a body is found in Chinatown and from there Rizzoli and partner as well as a new Asian detective investigate. This novel was personal to the author as many legends and the folklore of China, related to her as a child become part of the story. Find my self reading with Harmon and Alexanders voices from the TV show.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book and was surprised to read there was another "killer" of which I was not aware. This was a real mystery and didn't figure it out until it was revealed at the end. Well written.
  • (4/5)
    The newest installment of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series is more personal than any other book Ms. Gerritsen has written. It is based on Chinese fables that she heard growing up and on her mother's stories about growing up in China. Set in and around Boston's Chinatown, this is another great Rizzoli & Isles murder mystery. It has good plot twists and turns and will keep you guessing right up until the end. Great beach book!
  • (5/5)
    I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers, yet, this is definitely a book I would have purchased.Tess Gerritsen possesses a style of writing that draws you in and makes you really feel like you know and understand her characters.In The Silent Girl, Ms. Gerritsen expertly weaves her tale, starting with the discovery of a woman's severed hand in an alley and her corpse found on a rooftop overhead.With methodic investigative work, the killing is linked to a restaurant massacre that happened 19 years ago and young girls that went missing years before that tragic event.Each layer of the book is presented masterfully making the writing and plot development seem almost effortless.Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    For anyone new to the series you will pick up the murder and investigation and enjoy it. In order to follow the relationships you really need to have read the other books in the series. This book starts out with Maura and Jane on different sides of an issue. As usual Maura is unconcerned with anything but the facts and presents against a cop who uses unnecessarily roughness on a suspect. Jane tries to remember that but struggles as a cop who always has to restrain from taking that leap - she never has but can see how it would happen. That case haunts Maura with her co-workers through-out the book.The police story of this book revolves around a 19 murder suicide and 2 missing girls. It has gone done officially that a Chinese cook went berserk at work and killed 5 people then himself. Iris Fang - wife of a deceased waiter - has never believed her husband's friend killed him or anyone. She takes an add out in the Boston Globe to try and get someone to speak up. It starts a chain of investigation for Jane to dig into the case and see if the record got it wrong. She works the case to also try and link the daughter of the waiter who went missing 2 years before his murder and that of the daughter of one of the other victims who went missing after the murder.
  • (4/5)
    Another great read by Ms. Gerritsen! I've been working my way through the other Rizzoli/Isles novels and enjoyed this one as much as I have the others. There were some twists that I suspected but a few that took me completely by surprise. Highly recommended!
  • (4/5)
    A mysteriously dead assassin, a notorious 19-year-old massacre in Chinatown, several missing girls--Boston Det. Jane Rizzoli has her hands full with this puzzler. Dr. Isles is hardly in this one, and her chapters mostly feel like digressions.
  • (4/5)
    Once again Tess delivers with an excellent read. I was hoping to see more of Rat and when he appeared I though he would be more involved. I was left with a few questions about Maura and her situation, it felt as if Maura's situation was from another novel. The excitement didn't start until the ending but that doesn't mean the rest wasn't worth the read. I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Gerritsen's previous novels, and even if you haven't read them.
  • (4/5)
    Another great Jane/Maura mystery with the focus being on Jane this time. Jane and her partner Frost team up with a new guy, Detective Tam, to solve quite the mystery in Chinatown with a decapitated body and strange animal fur at the crime scene. The course of their investigation reopens an old tradegy from 19 years ago that was categorized as a murder/suicide. Jane and the team gets some unlikely assistance from a 60+ year old Chinese lady who might or might know what happened 19 years ago and who very much believes in the ancient traditions and folklore of China. This book kept me guessing all the way up until the end and I didn't see the character links until it was spelled out for me.
  • (4/5)
    Having read the entire Rizzoli & Isles series I was a little worried about this book that is was going to be nothing more than promotional book for the tv show spinoff and nothing much in the way of substance, but I was completely wrong. It's books like this that is the reason this series is so popular. As always I loved the main characters, I was excited that Rat from the previous book made an appearance, and the new characters were so well-written and I look forward to what seems will be a more permanent addition of at least one of them for future books. This was true page-turner, I did not see the ending coming at all or how and why all the crimes fit together but as it was reveiled by the author the pieces so neatly slid into place. I can't wait to pass this along to my mother-in-law that I've gotten hooked on the series as well.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful and suspenseful! The backdrop of Boston's Chinatown allowed the author to explore ancient mythology and tie it into a modern day case. Tess Gerritsen really breathes life into each of her characters, and while the TV show on TNT is a fun watch, the books are so much more revealing and intense. The Silent Girl will keep you guessing, with new corners to peek around and avenues to explore.
  • (5/5)
    Received from Library ThingOverall Rating 4.75Character Rating 4.50Thriller Rating 5.00NOTE: Silent Girl reminded me of why I fell in love with the Rizzoli and Isles series in the first place. If you love a good thriller then this book should be on your list to read!What I Loved: The Chinese history and tradition used in this book was amazing. It added depth and character to an already richly woven thriller that had you guessing for a long while. This was a mostly Rizzoli story and that played well as you got to figure out the case with her. Detective Tam was introduced in this story,I hope he sticks around for awhile or gets his own series.What I Liked: I think this story brought Isles back to being a likable character for me. The things she is having to go through with her job and personal life are making for some interesting character building moments. I do like how they kind of crossed over each other in this story.Complaints: NoneWhy I gave it a 4.75: This was just a really good thriller that had me guessing for the most of the book. I really enjoyed every minute spent reading the story!
  • (4/5)
    Although I have not read all of Tess Gerritsen's books I always know when I pick up one that I will be thoroughly entertained and given a great ride into mystery and suspense. Her name is synonymous with excellent writing and story lines. The Silent Girl is no exception. Buy it! Be entertained!
  • (5/5)
    A great addition to the Rizzoli & Isles series. I have read all of the books thus far in the series and I was not disappointed by this addition. I look forward to any future books in this series.