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The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

The Silent Girl (2011)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Series: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (9)

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I love the Chinese martial arts and folklore added to this story. I am intrigued by the introduction of detective Tam, I hope to see him in other stories. I loved the intrigue involved when an old mystery and a new crime seem related. Rizzoli and Isles continue to grow as characters. ( )
  mnm123 | Feb 11, 2015 |
This was a fast-paced reading. In the beginning I was just collecting loose ends as Jane Rizzoli was doing so. By and by I was able to put the pieces together. Nevertheless it was very enthralling.
The story is positioned in Boston's Chinatown even though the evil ones aren't Chinese. From the very beginning all characters are in position and therefore it makes the guessing so interesting. The main question is who has abducted all the young girls many years ago and why? There is old Chinese mythology involved as well as western crime. ( )
  Ameise1 | Jun 22, 2014 |
The story starts with Maura Isles having to deal with giving evidence against a policeman, which colours the rest of the story in the relationship she has with the other cops in the story. Rizzoli is dealing with her daughter and sleep deprivation and her husband trying to respect her but also keep her safe, which is a difficult balance.

The case they investigate starts when a severed hand is found in Chinatown that leads to a reopening of an almost 20year old case and finding some horrible truths that change the story of what happened.

I found it slow to start, but really enjoyed it after a while. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 16, 2014 |
Just couldn't get through this as an audiobook as far as the narrator was concerned. Perhaps I'll try to read the actual book. If writers spend time picking out the best narrators, it can make all the difference on the world. ( )
  princessnoel | Apr 11, 2013 |
The Silent Girl
3 Stars

First 1/3 is slow and lacks direction, however, the book becomes more enjoyable once the action heats up and things begin to make sense.

The character development is virtually non-existent and what little there is in the form of Maura's conflict with the men-in-blue and the progression of Angela Rizzoli's relationship with Vince Korsak feels tacked on.

The mystery of the massacre at a Chinese restaurant and the missing girls is intriguing but the resolution is predictable and the villain obvious. Moreover, not enough detail is provided concerning the underlying crimes and the answers, rather than stemming from strong investigative skills, are merely handed to the reader on a silver platter.

All in all, the last two installments in the Rizzoli and Isles series have not lived up to their potential. I only hope that the next one is better. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Eby, TanyaReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franci-Ekeler, ElsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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What you must do, said Monkey, is lure the monsterfrom its hiding place,but be certain it is a fight you can survive.Wu Cheng'en,The Monkey King: Journey to the West, c. 1500 - 1582
To Bill Haber and Janet Tamarofor believing in my girls
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In the murky shadows of Boston's Chinatown lies a severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed in black, her head nearly severed from her body. Two strands of silver hair -- not human -- cling to her body. They are homicide cop Jane Rizzoli's only clues, but they're enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery:This violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left-five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive -- a mysterious martial arts master who is now the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries cunning -- and a swift, avenging blade.
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Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli is already at the crime scene when medical examiner Maura Isles arrives on the Chinatown rooftop. Rizzoli's gut says they're on the trail of a twisted predator and when a monkey hair is found on the body, other clues point Rizzoli and Isles in the direction of the fable of the Monkey King.… (more)

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