I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for standalone novel The Shape of Night by the always wonderful Tess Gerritsen. Thank you to Anne Cater and Bantam Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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?
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.
The Shape of Night is like no other book by Tess Gerritsen I’ve ever read before. If you go into this book expecting something similar to her Rizzoli & Isles series you’re going to be in for a shock! And an eye opening one at that. I’m not someone who’s easily embarrassed, but I have to admit there were some scenes in this book that made even me blush!
That being said, The Shape of Night is an atmospheric and creepy chiller that will keep you reading long into the night… and then make you wish that you hadn’t when you’re hiding under the covers, scared of your own shadow!
Ava was a character I was intrigued by from the outset. When she arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she is convinced that she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. But what exactly is she hiding from? And why is Ava so ashamed of the terrible thing in her past that she is trying to forget? But as soon as she steps inside Brodie’s Watch strange things begin to happen, leading Ava to suspect that she may not be quite as alone as she thought she was. Is her mind playing tricks on her or is there really someone lurking in the shadows watching her?
But then things take an even more sinister turn when a body washes up on the shore. What, if anything, does this have to do with Brodie’s Watch? And is Ava herself now in danger? What follows is an unusual but riveting ghost story that kept me glued to its pages throughout, never quite knowing which direction the story was going to take next. It’s a gripping and mysterious tale, with twists and turns that will definitely take some readers by surprise! It was a completely different sort of read than what I expected it to be when I started it, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. 🙈👻
Tess Gerritsen has written a spooky haunted house mystery with a difference. It’s the perfect book to read at this time of year, but one that’s maybe a bit more steamy than some people would be comfortable with. I know I found it to be a shocking and eye opening read, that’s for sure!
The Shape of Night is a deliciously creepy and disturbing ghost story that’s very different to this author’s usual work, but so beautifully written it draws you in from the outset. A tense and atmospheric gothic style read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Loved it!
The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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