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The Silent Girl [with bonus short story 'Freaks']

by Tess Gerritsen

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A decent, layered crime/detective story. I liked the story. The glib and cliched comments and conversation of Jane Rizzoli, the main character, and some of her colleagues weren't realistic, though it seems some people enjoy this sort of exchange. Even the most seasoned professional dealing with death, bodies, and threats wouldn't have made many of the offhand comments in this story. Black humor is one thing and it exists, but not in every situation.

For me, this wasn't a riveting story, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it. It was good. If you don't mind the repetition and sometimes outrageous attitudes, you might like this book. It had some very good moments. There was too much "telling", not allowing the reader to deduce things. This is writing down to an audience and it doesn't work for me.

I listened to this book on a Playaway from the library and the reader was quite good. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
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 | Nov 19, 2016 |
This is the first book in the series that I have read and it stands alone, I didn't feel like I had to read the first eight to understand the main characters. This is a really good murder mystery. I had no clue the entire book who took the girls, who was killing the people and what happened at the Red Dragon Restaurant 19 years ago. Tess did a great job keeping you in suspense of what happened. There was no way for me to figure out what happened, no clues pointing to anyone and then to someone else. And the twist at the end was a nice touch. I will need to read the other books in the series now. I really liked the main characters and want to know more about them. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Too many random people thrown in like the Irish mob boss. No closure to the stories of the girls and no real storyline with the main characters we've been following all along. Not her best in the Rizzoli & Isles series. ( )
  jldhuse | Jun 7, 2016 |
In Chinese mythology the immortal Monkey King is born from stone, and is skilled in the secrets of Martial Arts. He is also to fight for justice, to avenge a death and to cause havoc while doing so. When monkey hairs are found clinging to the clothing of the corpse of more than one killer-for-hire homicide cop Jane Rizzoli brings in rookie detective Johnnie Tam to help unravel the mysteries, the culture and the language to the legend behind the murders at the Red Phoenix restaurant, in Boston’s China Town, over a decade ago.
On the anniversary of the slayings an unsigned letter arrives at the relatives of the victims of this mass murder. The common belief of most of the families is that the letter is sent my crazy Mrs. Fang, the wife of the murdered restaurant owner, who runs The Dragon and Stars Academy of Martial Arts. The investigation unearths this cold-case and when the forensic lab gets involved hidden footprints are discovered to show that there was a witness to the crime that no-one was ever aware of.
If that was not enough two of the families, the Fang’s included, also had a child go missing in the years surrounding this crime and when the now retired homicide detective, who led the investigation originally, comes up dead after passing on information that there where perhaps more missing girls the detective find themselves chasing an elusive prey that swings through the night as if not human, almost ape-like. Are they chasing a spirit God that is avenging the deaths of the Red Phoenix?
Of course Rizzoli is never alone in her investigations; there is always the presence of Maura Isles, the forensic pathologist Maura Isles – the team up on the TNT television show known as Rizzoli & Isles - who works in the medical examiner’s office. With Isles team backing up all the new discoveries that link up to the past investigation you can bet the two of them find a way through the red-herrings and puzzles thrown their way to unearth the scandal that threatens the families still after all these years.
Gerritsen’s background as an internist greatly enhance the details of the story and help bring to life the reasons of how and why such a mystery could have led the Boston PD astray for so long. This will not be the last Rizzoli & Isles mystery I read. I definitely will have to go back and dig out Gerritson’s past works too.
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  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034551551X, Mass Market Paperback)

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Rizzoli & Isles now a series on TNT
 
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 decapitated. 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 the startling discovery: that 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 of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.

Don’t miss Tess Gerritsen’s short story “Freaks” in the back of the book.

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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 decapitated. 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 the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel. ... Cracking a crime with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning--and a swift, avenging blade"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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