It’s a pleasure to be sharing my review for The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen as part of the blog tour today. Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invite.
About the book
When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.
But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone.
Either that or she is losing her mind.
The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?
The Shape of Night is available to purchase now – Amazon UK
I’ve been a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen for a few years now and so jumped at the chance to read The Shape of Night. Having read many of her books, the Rizzoli and Isles series being my favourite I was really looking forward to getting stuck into The Shape of Night but found this so very different and not what I was expecting at all (in a good way I have to add).
Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, a house on a hill that she has rented for the summer, it’s an escape for her, a place she can hide away, but from what we don’t know. It’s clear from the beginning Ava has done something she is terribly ashamed of and Brodie’s Watch seems like the perfect place for Ava to continue writing her book and escape.
Brodie’s Watch is steeped in history and at first Ava has reservations about the house but she soon is drawn to it, she feels like it accepts her but she has a strong sense of not being alone and there’s good reason for that.
I won’t go into too much detail about the plot as I hope you’ll be as surprised as I was when you read it, it’s very different but very addictive and just as gripping. I sat reading with a real sense of unease the whole way through and even when I finished I still had goose bumps. It’s quite an unsettling book with a real mystery attached to it and I couldn’t put it down.
I love a good mystery and The Shape of Night is just that and more. Ava experiences some spooky goings on but she is an unpredictable character who likes a drink or two so I was never very sure if what she was feeling and experiencing were due to the paranormal or her taste for alcohol which she uses for her guilt as an escape.
This is seriously a gripping story that is actually quite difficult to describe. I said to my other half it’s almost like a paranormal fifty shades of grey but with a real mystery. Totally not what I was expecting at all but very much enjoyable and utterly addictive.
The Shape of Night is a story that will definitely give you the chills, it will keep you gripped with the mystery and have you feel a real sense of unease. It’s a story I will definitely be recommending.
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About the author
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. Tess has sold over 40 million copies of her books worldwide.