A Woman Trying To Outrun Her Past Is Drawn To A Quiet Coastal Town In Maine And To A String Of Unsolved Murders In This Haunting Tale Of Romantic Suspense From New York Times Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen.Ava Collette Is Punishing Herself For An Unspeakable Tragedy So She Flees Boston And Rents An Old Home Named Brodie S Watch On A Remote Coastal Peninsula Of Maine, Hoping To Work On A Cookbook Inspired By New England Cuisine That She S Been Trying To Finish For Months She Immediately Feels At Peace In The Isolated House Until She Starts To Hear Strange Noises.Rumor Has It That A Sea Captain Named Brodie Has Haunted The House For Decades Then, One Night, Ava Is Awakened To Find Herself Face To Face With An Apparition Who Looks And Feels All Too Real Meanwhile, There S Been A Series Of Accidental Deaths Nearby That Don T Add Up And As Ava Starts To Check Into The Previous Renter S Mysterious Disappearance, She Starts To Realize That There S A Disturbing Secret Some In Town Are Desperate To Keep Hidden.Soon All Of Ava S Waking Hours Are Consumed By Her Investigation, And Her Nights Are Ignited By Captain Brodie S Ghostly Visits But Even As She Questions Her Own Sanity, She Knows She Must Uncover The Truth Before A Killer Strikes Again. Ava Collette, a cookbook author, has rented a home in a coastal town in Maine in order to get some distance from her past and her life in Boston She tells everyone that she needs the space and quiet in order to focus on her book about New England Cuisine The old beautiful house she has rented is named Brodie s Watch which was named after its owner Brodie who was a sea captain who was lost at sea Soon after moving in, she learns that another woman had rented the home before her but left abruptly before her lease was up Even troubling is that Ava begins to hear things that go bump in the night and one night comes face to face with a ghost who looks, sounds, and feels real Is this Captain Brodie s ghost who has long been rud to haunt the home Is what she is seeing real or is she imagining things Curious about the home s history and her increasing bond to the home, Ava begins to investigate the homes history Will she like what she finds out Mystery, suspense and some chills flow throughout this book I found this book to have a Gothic feel It also has the perfect setting an isolated old New England home, located on a bluff overlooking the ocean This book is not like other books by Gerritsen This book has a supernatural element to it She perfectly blends romance, obsession, fear, dread, suspense, and mystery in this book She literally had me hooked from the very beginning and I finished this book in one day I thought Gerritsen did a great job of having the tension mount as the story progressed The pacing was spot on, nothing felt rushed or drawn out As with her other books, I found this book to be very well written with some beautiful passages such as Sometimes, silence is the one true way to prove your love and We keep our darkest secrets to ourselves We keep them, most of all, from those we love Sure, the reader will need to suspend some disbelief with this book, but in no way did I feel that this distracted from the story at all, in fact it enhanced my enjoyment There is a rud haunted house in this book, after all I found this book to be captivating, suspenseful and enjoyable.Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed Gerritsen s prior series, Rizzoli and Isles, so I was willing to give this standalone a try Now, I ll be the first to admit that paranormal, gothic mysteries are not my normal cup of tea but I need to step outside my favorites every now and then Ava is a food writer, looking to work on her cookbook She rents an almost renovated mansion in Maine to have the peace and quiet she needs She s also running away from her prior life in Boston We are only given small illusions as to how she screwed up there Once again, I m going to give away my age by saying my first impression of this book was that it was a weird take off on the old very old tv show called The Ghost and Mrs Muir with a bit of Fifty Shades of Grey thrown in Ava is your typical unreliable narrator She s got a severe alcohol dependency going on This one is a bodice ripper of the first order If that s your thing, you ll love this I, on the other hand, plan to return to a good old fashion murder mystery next One, hopefully, with a little less predictable ending than this one My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book. I love Tess Gerritsen s Rizzoli Isles series so was looking forward to read this, especially when it sounded like a foray into a very different type of novel a gothic paranormal mystery Unfortunately it didn t quite work for me I m not sure whether it was the handsome ghost who was into BDSM, the too good to be true town doctor who instantly falls for the main character or the mysterious deaths of a number of women or just that the whole did not fit well together.The main character, Ava is a cookery writer who has rented a mansion on a secluded point with views out to sea for the summer The reason she gives everyone is that she needs to work in seclusion to finish her book, with a large kitchen for testing her recipes However, mainly she is running away from her guilt at her part in the death of her sister s husband After meeting the ghost of the sea captain who built the house she decides to research it s history and discovers that several women have lived alone in this house before her and died prematurely However, the ghost reassures her that he will protect her and she soon finds herself looking forward to his visits after dark.The characters were well developed and the setting was atmospheric, but somehow I felt that none of the elements gothic, paranormal or mystery were as well realised as they could have been to pull this into a really creepy gothic mystery. I m not really sure how to review this book, while quick and easy to read, it wasn t really what I was expecting We have Ava who, in the wake of a personal tragedy, leaves Boston to take a rental for the summer in coastal Maine, where she s determined to finish the book she is writing She is able to get the rental on a huge oceanfront mansion cheaply, as it has a checkered past, and is said to be haunted.Ava tries to get on with her life, and though making progress with her book, she is drinking too much and starts to have strange dreams in the house But are they dreams or manifestations As the old house casts it s spell around Ava she s not sure if what she s feeling is real, or simply drunken dreams while under the influence She does know she doesn t want to leave the house, however when the previous occupant turns up dead things escalate, and Ava is drawn in to a nightmare that she isn t sure she can escape from.I did enjoy this book, but I really think some of the scenes were unnecessary I found they detracted from the book, and while yes, it was creepy, it could have been made so by the power of suggestion, not the explicit scenarios that were repeated This would make a good beach read, but it could have been so much .My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars Ava Collette is a food writer who rents a house in a small coastal Maine town She has promised her publisher a book of historic recipes She decides getting away from her home in Boston will help her write She experiments by making a dish from each recipe There are 2 carpenters repairing the house who happily become guinea pigs They are in heaven because all her cooking is delicious.But then the ghost of the original owner comes to her There are some disturbing scenes of sadistic sex She discovers that the house has a sinister history There is a killer in town.This is a stand alone and not part of the Rizzoli series.One quote for cat lovers I haul the pet carrier into the house and release the kraken Hannibal emerges from the cage, glares at me, and lumbers off towards the kitchen Thanks to Ballantine Books for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. In a departure from her usual books, Tess Gerritsen has written a gothic paranormal stand alone mystery Having loved gothic books, I was eager to read this one, and it did not disappoint Ava is a food writer in Boston who is writing a cookbook on traditional New England cooking She rents a house in a small town on the coast of Maine, where she can write her book and escape a tragedy in her life and find healing from her feelings of shame and guilt.She finds the house dark, creepy, and foreboding, but soon she feels accepted and relishes being alone to write Or is she alone Almost immediately she feels a presence in the house The ghost of the original owner, a sea captain from 100 years ago, shows up in her room at night, touching her, and she is certain he is real She begins to welcome the presence This was a fun book I read quickly It held my interest throughout I would recommend this to fans of mystery and paranormal gothic suspense novels. Tess Gerritsen is an author that s an automatic go to for me without knowing anything about it, I ll read it But I m seriously wondering if The Shape of Night was written by someone else, it s that different from anything the author has written before A one hundred and fifty year old ghost a woman living in said ghost s house that same woman drinking herself to oblivion almost every night and there s Ava rented Brodie s Watch in Maine for the summer so she could complete the manuscript that was almost a year overdue Her agent, Simon, had been very patient but even that was wearing thin Ava s only company was her cat Hannibal as in Lector and the old house was huge So, was she alone Or was Captain Brodie visiting Ava at night Was she dreaming, mixing her terrible past with her guilt Graphic sex scenes, SM, an implausible plot I was incredibly disappointed in The Shape of Night and am not really sure what genre it is meant to be There will be people who ll enjoy this novel, but it didn t sit right and wasn t for me I m afraid.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. The Shape of Night , Tess Gerritsen s new standalone novel, is nothing like her Rizzoli Isles series Fans of Jane and Maura may or may not love this paranormal chiller.Ava is a food writer who needs peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Boston to finish researching and writing her new cookbook When Brodie s Watch, a late 1800s mansion in the small town on the Maine coast becomes available for rent, Ava feels that she has found the ideal spot She can cook and write She can also escape and try to heal from a horrible mistake in her recent past that has left her feeling estranged from her sister.What she discovers is a creaky, creepy, mouse ridden old house that is in the process of being renovated While it is a delight for her super sized Maine Coon cat Hannibal, Ava thinks she may hightail it back to Boston But she feels accepted by the house, and she soon becomes intrigued by the presence of another, shall I say, occupant This is where the book gets dicey for me I have no problem believing in ghosts I really don t But this specter is beyond imagining Is he real Or is he a product of Ava s guilty conscience and her unfulfilled needs Between the nighttime apparitions and the cooking scenes, there is plenty here to electrify your senses and get your juices flowing Ava is an emotional and psychological mess, and she is prime picking for a malevolent spirit, and perhaps for a live human predator as well As the history of the house unfolds, it becomes and apparent that Ava has gotten herself into a dangerous situation The question becomes, where does the danger come from Who is the threat There is enough here that I was able to remain engaged throughout, but I didn t love this book I d prefer to stick with Rizzoli and Isles, thanks But I commend Ms Gerritsen for branching out to try something totally different I imagine this was quite fun for her to write.Thanks to NetGalley, Ballantine Books, and the author for this ARC copy of The Shape of Night My opinions are my own.3 stars Ava Collett is a chef who writes cookbooks Shes also feeling guilty about something she has done She decides to get away from it all for a short while and rents Brodie s Watch, a very old house with a sea view in Maine The house had originally been built by sea captain, Jeremiah Brodie, but it s now being restored to its former glory Its ot long before Ava sees a ghost, the ghost of Jeremiah Brodie He tells Ava he wishes her no harm Ava starts to look forward to Jeremiah s visits But then Ava starts to question her sanity and contacts Meave Cerridwyn, a ghost hunter, to see if the house is haunted It also looks like the previous Tennant moved out in a hurry Was she also spooked I have read all of Tess Gerristen s books and I ve loved them all This story has a modern gothic feel to it The characters even the ghost are well rounded There is an every vibe to this tale that I was not expecting as it s not usually what the author writes about You get a sense that something creepy is about to happen from the moment Jeremiah is introduced I did not know where this story was going to go or what the outcome was going to be I just know that I loved everything about it I do recommend this book.I would like to thank Netgalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and the author Tess Gerristen for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ava rents a old house in Maine to spend some time writing her new book.From the start she feels that she is not alone in the house and that she is being watched At night she can hear noises and she can see shadows She begins to wonder if its her imagination or if there is someone else in the house.A ghost story full of suspense that had me hooked from the beginning.This is the first Tess Gerritsen book that I have read and I will be looking out for of her books.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publisher for my e copy in exchange for an honest review.
- 288 pages
- The Shape of Night
- Tess Gerritsen
- 06 November 2019 Tess Gerritsen