The Shape of Night Book Review

The Shape of Night Book Review

Title: The Shape of Night
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Published: October 1, 2019, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Bestselling thriller author, Tess Gerritsen, has released a stand-alone novel of suspense with supernatural undertones, The Shape of Night. It is a chilling story of food writer, Eva Collette who has moved out of her Boston apartment and rented a house called Brody’s Watch located several hours away. She is behind on her book and hopes the new environment will help her forget an incident in her recent past that she won’t forgive herself for. The home she rented was built by a sea captain who was lost at sea over 150 years prior, but while in the house, she sees him and forms a relationship with him. Eva wants to include the history of the house in her cookbook, and as she delves into the history, she learns that the women who lived in the house prior to her all died under suspicious circumstances. The more she learns, the more danger she finds herself in. There seems to be an underlying evil and Eva cannot seem to escape.

Readers who are familiar with Tess Gerritsen’s writing know that she is an excellent storyteller. Her bestselling series, Rizzoli and Isles, has even been made into a television series, and the books are well-written. This stand-alone novel is different from her series, but is also well-written. Gerritsen has developed her characters well, and they seem like people who exist in our lives. For some, the supernatural aspect is a bit far-fetched, but it is interesting, just the same. The novel has a lot of sexual connotation, so it probably isn’t suitable for teens, however, there is no graphic violence or language.

Fans of Tess Gerritsen will welcome this new novel, and will most likely have difficulty putting it down. The plot is good, and the dénouement is surprising.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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