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I look forward to each instalment of this author's work and was happy to see a new novel, which I started to read with anticipation. I didn't even think to check reviews, as her work is consistently so good. I got through it but didn't enjoy it and should have listened to my instinct to move on to another book. I get that authors must be tempted to try new things but this doesn't work. I'll read reviews for this author before buying future books.
Seeking an escape from a tragedy in Boston, Ava is a food writer who moves to a coastal town in Maine to finish her latest book. She rents the historic home of a sea captain who built the home in 1861, and proceeds to settle in to life there.
When she starts to see apparitions of what appears to be the ghost of the sea captain she is both alarmed and intrigued. She learns that other women have died in the house too, which she finds disturbing. But all is not what it seems . . .
I found this book to be a compelling read; the story moved along smoothly and finishes with a surprising ending.
I love Tess Gerritsen's detective novels. This is not one of them. This is a romantic ghost story with a touch of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and a last minute crime story. I'm sure it will appeal to some readers, but it's definitely not my cup of tea. If this was the first Gerritsen book I'd read it would put me off, but goodwill from previous novels means I will still give her next book a try.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2019
This book was certainly a lot different from her other novels. I usually find Tess' books to be intelligent and clever but this book just lacked those well loved characteristics. I had it sussed out pretty quickly. That's not to say I didn't overall enjoy the book. It went at a good pace and I did want to keep reading it to the conclusion but to me it just lacked that oomph. Some of the scenes were a bit wtf for me. Strange storyline is all I can really say.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2019
I always really look forward to Tess Gerritsen's novels, but could not have been more disappointed with this one. I can't believe that she has written this! Absolutely ridiculous storyline and very badly written. I struggled to get through it as it was SO bad. I felt as if I was reading a primary school pupil's extended essay.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2019
I'm a huge Tess Gerritsen fan so had pre-ordered this book but when I started reading it was clear this was something different to the norm. I actually took it off my kindle when I thought it wasn't for me a few chapters in....plus reading it in the dark in my bedroom at night was not the best idea! But I had a long train journey one day and decided to give it a go again as I'd never given up on one of her books before. I'm glad I did as I realised I needed to finish it and find out what had drawn Ava in at Brodies Watch. The book is well written and I enjoyed the characters, like others have said I didn't see the twist coming either but it gave the book a good ending. For those who struggle like I did...stick with it it's worth the read!
1.0 out of 5 starsPlotless and utterly disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2020
Having read all previous books written by this author, I was looking forward to this one. However, it was utterly horrendous and the plot was just ....well that’s the thing, there really wasn’t any plot. I had guessed who the murderer the first time we met the character and only continued reading just to see if I had guessed Ava’s guilt correctly. Very very disappointed and expect more from a normally brilliant writer. Personally I would spend your money elsewhere and all future books by this author will be only be purchased after I have checked the reviews.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2019
First the prologue doesn't tie in, then the ghost takes up most of the story, But us there a ghist or is sge simply a drunk with a horny imagination? Then a murderer is discovered and a secret is not a secret. I love TG but this was very disappointing. 😢
Used to love Tess Gerritsen but sending this book back as absolutely dull and awful. All I have gathered from reading 10% is that the lead character likes copious amounts of whiskey/wine and then wonders why she is seeing/hearing things. Not going to waste my time or money reading it until the end.
4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable book, quite chilling at times.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2019
Quite an unusual theme for this author, however something very cozy about the setting which drew me in. Main characters were quite likeable, would have liked to have known a bit more about some of them. There were times where I felt it was rather far fetched but the book as a whole still made for an enjoyable and chilling read and kept me wanting to find out more.
5.0 out of 5 starsDifferent to anything I have read from this author before
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2020
I wasn't sure at first whether I was going to enjoy reading The Shape of Night. It is certainly different to any other book that I have read by this author. However once into it I found it quite a compelling read. I am still not sure whether Ava "saw" Captain Brodie or not!!
2.0 out of 5 starsSo far removed from the Tess Gerritsen norm
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2019
I’ve read all Tess Gerritsen’s books and couldn’t put them Down. This one I honestly didn’t like. There was no suspense and I just couldn’t like Ava. I skipped a lot of and went to the end. I’ll read the reviews next time before I buy a book.