Sunday, 13 August 2017

I know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles in their 12th adventure. And I haven’t even watched a TV episode yet. I’ll get there when I don’t have anything else to read - hahaha.

Medical Examiner Maura Isles’ scary and somewhat deranged biological mother makes an early appearance from prison in this book. You know - a “she knows what’s going to happen, because maybe it’s her” kind of appearance. But wait, let’s back up. It starts with a body. Cause of death not obvious, but the victim is holding her eyeballs in her hand. Yuck. But we don't read books with Detective Jane Rizzoli and ME Maura Isles without some gory corpses. It’s part of the deal. So Jane and Maura set to work, there MUST be a case of death, and there is, and so much more. It’s also part of the deal.

As is Father Daniel - bless him and his love for Maura. Only here he actually has a valid role to play. Will Maura call him?

There is so much of significance for Maura and Jane (her daughter now three, family dysfunctional as ever) to uncover. There is also a doppelgänger who is certainly involved as the murders stretch to another, and possibly another. Is the doppelgänger the murderer? Maybe.

These deaths are linked back to childhoods, the Apple Tree Nursery and secrets that need to be revealed. Or maybe not?

Typical Tess - the plot races, and the ride is exhilarating. I didn't even bother to guess, I was having too much fun, and it was over too quickly.

The mark of a good crime story is that there are no disappointments. None to report. Tess, Jane and Maura are back with a vengeance, and who cares if the TV series ends soon, when you’ve got the books to read, and re-read.

5 stars

ISBN:  9780345543882

You may also enjoy Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton or Lisa Jewell’s Then She Was Gone.


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