Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen (audio)


Title: I Know a Secret
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles, #12
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Published: August 2017, Brilliance Audio
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible

Summary:
In the twelfth gripping novel featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the crime-solving duo—featured in the smash-hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles—are faced with the gruesomely staged murder of a horror film producer. 

The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.



My thoughts: I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series and I was so happy to see there was a new book out in this series...it's been a while since the last book - three years to be exact!

This latest book was so twisty and intense - just how I like these books to be. I love that in these books, we are dropped right into the crime - there is no easing into it. It takes off right from the start and doesn't let up until the very end. The first case that Maura and Jane are called to is quite gruesome but it is the second murder that really has their heads spinning. I loved the symbolism used here in these and the subsequent cases - it's quite clever and this is where I feel Tess Gerritsen really shines. She is able to give not only the forensics of the case, but also so much more.

Of course, not only do we have the cases going on, but there is also lots of character development happening as well. This is what I most love about this series and I feel Tess balances it so well - you have the heaviness and darkness of the cases, and believe me, at times it is quite dark, and then you have the lightheartedness of what is going on with our beloved characters, some much needed quirky family drama. But of course, most of the character development only makes sense if you have been reading this series in order. That's not to say that you couldn't pick up this book and read it as a stand-alone because you totally could. You would just miss out on some of the back-story relating to the character development and to me, that's the whole point of a series.

This book has some crazy twists and really kept me on my toes, guessing as to who was behind the murders. I sure do hope we don't have to wait another couple years before the next book in this series comes out, especially since the tv show has been cancelled (and I loved the tv version of this series, however different it was!). This is a gripping read full of intrigue and suspense - a great installment to one of my favorite series.


Audio thoughts: This is such a fun series to listen to, despite it's heavy, dark nature and I think Tanya Eby does a great job with it. She's been narrating the last few books and I love the consistency in that. I'm a big fan of having the same narrator narrate a series, whenever possible - it just helps keep voices straight and makes sense - and having Tanya stay with this series has been great! She really makes an effort to give each character their own unique voice and I enjoy her narration.


Books in this series:

  1. The Surgeon                                9.  The Silent Girl            
  2. The Apprentice                          9.5  Freaks
  3. The Sinner                                    9.7  John Doe
  4. Body Double                                10.  Last To Die
  5. Vanish                                            11.  Die Again
  6. The Mephisto Club                   12.  I Know a Secret
  7. The Keepsake
  8. Ice Cold               
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