Another August #CJSReads2017 title and another first for me with a big crime author.
A big thanks to Ballantine Books for the advanced copies in exchange for my honest review!
I KNOW A SECRET by Tess Gerritsen is book 12 in the Rizzoli and Isles series.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read this series, well I’m going to be starting from the beginning.
My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!
I’m ashamed to say that this is the first time I’ve picked up a Rizzoli and Isles book. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do so, but I’m kicking myself. I KNOW A SECRET by Tess Gerritsen is book 12 in the series, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve never read the books or seen an episode of the TNT TV show, so this was my first experience with Rizzoli and Isles.
Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are on the case again, but this time it’s a crime scene neither of them have ever seen before. A woman is laying in her bed, looking as if she fell asleep and went peacefully. Isles can’t find any apparent cause of death – how do they know she’s actually dead? The woman, a horror film producer, is holding her removed eyes in the palm of her hand. This is eerily similar to the films that she has produced – is this a crazed fan trying to recreate the films?
Another victim is found. Again, with no clear cause of death and in a gruesomely staged crime scene. Jane and Maura are trying to chase down the killer and realize that his circle is growing larger. They come across a woman that knows he’s coming for her next, and she’s the only on that can help Rizzoli and Isles solve the case.
I just have to say, wow! How have I not picked up one of these books yet?? The dynamic between the two characters is great and the murders are truly gruesome. I’m a huge fan of horror movies so it was interesting seeing these crime scenes as reenactments. The story throws the reader into the action right away. We are brought straight into the first crime scene and that sets the tone for the rest of the investigation.
The only reason why this isn’t a solid 5 star read for me is because I definitely am missing some information. I need more about Maura’s biological mother. She really added to the gripping crime story and I would love to know more about both main characters. As for the ending, I did not see that coming. About halfway through the book I thought I had it figured out, oh man, was I wrong!
Overall, if you’re a fan of Rizzoli and Isles, then that’s a no brainer for you! If you’re just starting your journey with them then I’d still highly recommend this (even as book 12). I wasn’t too lost in the story or characters and it was a page turning thrill ride!
Check back this week to see what Chandra and Sam think of the next installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series!