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The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

In three words:

disappearances, massacre, chinatown

 

What I thought:

This is the ninth Tess Gerritsen book I have read this year in the same series. I read the first eight all in a row as I couldn’t put them down (something I have never done before). As soon as I knew that there was a number 9 in the series I could not WAIT to get my hands on it and was totally sure that Gerritsen wouldn’t let me down and would deliver a cracking book once again. I was right!

Rizzoli & Isles are back on the case, this time in Boston’s China Town where the body of a young lady has been found with her neck slashed and her hand cut off by what looks like a sword. As Rizzoli and team get to work, they start to uncover links with not only a massacre that took place in a Chinese restaurant 19 years ago, but also the disappearance of two of the victims daughters within a few months of each other. Rizzoli becomes convinced that the crimes are related but she can’t figure out how and meanwhile, her and her team become stumped at the apparant presence of something lightning fast, human size but with monkey fur at some of the murder scenes.

I love how all Gerritsens books are so diverse. She has clearly done her homework and seems passionate about other cultures and rituals etc and often brings them into her books and this is no exception. I read somewhere that Gerritsen, being Chinese American herself, has wanted to write about something to do with Chinese culture for a long time but had been told that it wouldn’t sell. I beg to differ. Not only is this book, as usual, gripping and a real page-turner but I loved the bits of Chinese culture that were woven into the plot to help us understand the killers motives and actions. I have wanted to get myself a copy of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey To The West and now I have an excuse to buy myself a copy as I am fascinated to learn more.

Verdict: Another poweful and absorbing book from this author who has become my all-time favourite crime fiction writer. Write faster please, Ms Gerritsen!!!

PS/ I will interviewing Tess Gerritsen on my blog shortly so make sure you look out for that 🙂

 

Have you read any Gerritsen? If not, what are you waiting for?

 

(Source: this book is from my own collection)

Q/ What do books and my self-control have in common?…

A/ Absolutely nothing!

Hence three rather large piles of books that have managed to work their way into my house over the last few weeks.

Firstly, thank you to the following publishers for sending me these lovely goodies: Simon & Schuster, Headline Review, Short Books, Amazon Vine and Peirene Press.

Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan van Mersbergen (translated by Laura Watkinson) – I love Peirene Press’s novella’s – they haven’t let me down yet and this looks like a good’n!

Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen – Had been lookig forward to this one anyway and then saw this great review from Kim at Reading Matters and  now I can’t wait to read!

The Godless Boys by Naomi Wood – there have been some good reviews of this book around the blogosphere recently – looks interesting!

Ophelia in Pieces by Clare Jacobn – a sort of legal chicklit/thriller from what I can tell

The Story of Beutiful Girl by Rachel Simon – apparantly being compared to The Help and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (big shoes to fill, but looks interesting)

I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark – *squeeeeeeal* This is coming on holiday with me: I just love MHC’s books!

Blue Monday by Nicci French – the first in a brand new series by this author pair staring a psychologist who finds herself caught up in the case of a missing child (looks fab!)

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith – first book by this author and I have heard so many good things about it that I’m not sure why it has eluded me thus far

Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith – a signed hardback proof of the third book by this author, out in July

When she’s good she’s very, very good but when she’s bad she’s horrid!

Well, perhaps according to my bank manager and my husband…. but me? I’m just happy, happy, happy 🙂   These are all little treats for myself for no other reason than I WANTED THEM!!!

 

 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – I have been told by so many people that I will love this book so why I haven’t read it before now is anyone’s guess but I am thinking I may take this on holiday with me

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – I was at a BBQ recently at a friends who comes from Zimbabwe’s house and I got chatting with other Zimbabweans who all recommended that I read this book. Really looking forward to it

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis – Judith from Leeswammes said this was one of the funniest books she had ever read and I love books that made me laugh, so……

Forgetting Zoë by Ray Robinson – I heard loads about this when it came out last year that made me want to read it and it’s now out in paperback

Purge by Sofi Oksanen – another one raved about on severall blogs including Stu at Winston’s Dad

The Dark Side of Love by Rafil Schami – one of Jackie at Farm Lane Book’s favourite books of last year and it’s set in the middle east (which I love)

The Unseen by Katherine Webb – I read (and loved) this authors debut book, The Lagacy, last year. This is another that is split between present day and secrets from 100 years ago

The Somnambulist by Essie Fox – I bought this because I follow the author on Twitter (@essiefox) as she runs the Virtual Victorian blog that I love (you know how I love books written in and set in this period). It looks really intreguing

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – some of my American friends have recommended this to me and it is finally out in the UK – hurray!

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin – Jackie at Farm Lane Books reviewed this and it caught my attention so I have swapped a copy on RISI

Out by  Natsuo Kirino – another one that Jackie and Judith are responsible for grabbing my attention with! Damn them! 😉

The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom – I picked this up for a quid (brand new) in my local garden centre. It’s a crime thirller set in Northern Ireland, starring a Jewish librarian

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami – ever since Shannon from Giraffe Days chose it as her scary read last October I have been on the look out for this – £1.00 from the garden centre. Result!

Marriage by Susan Ferrier – another one from RISI. This was written in Georgian times and apparantly Ferrier was as popular as Jane Austen back in the day…

Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson – picked up in a charity shop for 10p (it would have been rude not to…)

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – I have been recommended this book by several people now and I am intruiged

The Step Mothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker – given to me by my gorgeous cousin Sara wnen she popped round last week. Looks like a fun chicklit read to kick back with

You like??? 🙂

New Arrivals!

Goodies….

Check out these babies from my recent trip to London and the south coast (where Mr Whisperer told me I had been a good girl and I was allowed to wander round the most beautiful flag-stone-floored Waterstones in Chichester without a nagging husband in sight and pick out some books!)

From the wonderful Daunt bookshop in Marylebone (where the books are set out by country) I got:

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra (set in Israel)

Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu (set in China)

The Last Brother by Natacha Appanah (set in Africa)

This Rough Music by Mary Stewart (set in Greece)

Mantissa by John Fowles (one of my al-time favourite authors)

Check out the free bag I got too (I was just as excited about this as I was about the books!)

From Waterstones in Picadilly, London I got:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

From Waterstones in Chichester I got:

Harvest by Tess Gerritsen

Jump! by Jilly Cooper (I have never read a Jilly Cooper before now but it was on offer and I fancied a big romp of a scandalous read. Has anyone read any of her books? What do you think?)

 

Thank you to the following publishers for these books sent: Simon & Schuster (who sent me a very exciting large package with 4 books in it), Michael Joseph and Bluedoor:

The Nightmare Theif by Meg Gardiner

Blue Monday by Nicci French

Here Come the Girls by Milly Johnson

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins

Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland

 

Have you read any of these books yet? Which ones do you recommend?

 

New Arrivals!

More goodies!

I have bowed to my “aholism” once again and welcomed these new lovelies into my home.

Thank you to the following for sending these book for review:

Green Books, Transworld, Amazon Vine, Hodder & Stoughton, Gallic Books.

The Report by Jessica Francis Kane

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

Where Would I Be Without You? by Guillaume Musso

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Blood Harvest by S J Bolton

Now You See Me by S J Bolton

Wink Murder by Ali Knight

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (this was also supposed to be in the pile but it isn’t because I am a donut and forgot to take a photo of it!)

 

Little treats for me…

These are books that I have either swapped using www.readitswapit.co.uk or I have found for a few pennies in a charity shop and it would have been rude not to. Right?

 

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Missing by Jane Casey

The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson

Darkside by Belinda Bauer

 

And finally……

To satisfy my unquenchable thirst for all things Tess Gerritson. Ta – daaaaaaa!

 

 

Despite only buying these a couple of weeks ago (buy two for £7.00 in Asda – bargain!!) I have now read all eight books in the Rizzoli & Isles series. LOVE THEM! I am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms and about to embark on her stand-alones 🙂

 

Have you read any of these? Which ones do you recommend?

Is it my birthday?

Nope, but it sure feels like it……

 

Let me explain. Six months ago (on my actual birthday) Mr Whisperer bought me a Kindle as a surprise. I then spent many a happy hour downloading as many books as I could find for free from Amazon (all the classics etc). Last week my brother-in-law told me to take my Kindle down with me when we went to visit at the weekend…..this is where the excitement comes in…….as his friend had given him a disc with 1,700 free books on it and I could download them all!

I’m not kidding, I really think this is what it feels like when people tell you it’s like all their birthdays come at once! Oh my!

Pulling up a chair, I perused this vast catalogue of books and authors and alternating between doing little celebratory jigs and fanning myself down I managed to download over 400 books (with the rest still saved on discs for later). Here is just some of what I got:

 

Every book written by: Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, J K Rowling, Franz Kafka, Janet Evanovich, Barbara Kingsolver, China Mieville, Christopher Moore, Sue Grafton, Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Cornwell, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Chick Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, John Wyndham, Orson Scott Card, Philip K Dick, Jules Verne……………etc etc

Random titles: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Wolf Hall, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Postmistress, The Red Queen, Ape House, Cutting For Stone, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Freedom, The Kite Runner, The Angles Game, Angelology, Things Fall Apart, Solar, Middlesex, Mockingjay, Last Night in a Twisted River, A Confederacy of Dunces, Never Let Me Go, The Passage, Outlander, Live to Tell, In The Woods…………..etc etc

 

Somewhat confusingly, this lovely little lot seems to have given Mr Whisperer the impression that I won’t need to buy any more books for the next few years. I’ll let him live in his little fantasy for now…..

 

  Have you read any of the books or authors above? What do you think to my non-birthday pressie? 8)

 

New Arrivals!

Lovely new goodies

Thank you to Transworld, Riot Communications, Simon and Schuster and Amazon Vine for the following books:

 

 

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (30th birthday edition)

Sacrifice by S J Bolton (already reviewed – brilliant book!)

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall (already reviewed)

 I received this gorgeous package from Simon & Schuster – a book wrapped in lovely paper with silver hearts and a little bag of sugared almonds.

RSVP by Helen Warner

I bought the following books on a trip to Whitby where I managed to pick up a load of Agatha Christie’s that I haven’t read yet in a second hand book shop and which I just had to snaffle (you can’t beat a good Christie whodunnit when you’re in the mood for some cosy crime).

And finally, when there was an offer on at Waterstones that gave double points for all purchases over the weekend….well, it would have been rude not to really wouldn’t it?

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

The Gendarme by Mark T Mustian

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

The Jewel of St Petersburgh by Kate Furnival

A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy

I also picked up the following at a charity shop for only 10p each:

Life Support by Tess Geritssen

Body Double by Tess Geritssen

Worst Case by James Patterson

  What do you think to my new loot? Any I should read sooner than others?