About this book…
I have a secret.
And someone wants to make sure I never tell . . .
In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death.
Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two victims is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets?
One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him.
But she has a secret that she has to keep . . .
I make no apology for being a HUGE Tess Gerritsen fan and it’s the highlight of my year when I get the chance to read her new Rizzoli and Isles book! But every time I open the first page there’s always a frisson of apprehension. Will this be the time I am disappointed? It’s never happened yet and I’m relieved to report that it hasn’t this time either. In fact they just keep on getting better!! How does she do it? I Know a Secret was brilliant! Twisty, thrilling, scary as hell in some parts but always with a side order of heartfelt fondness for the home lives of these two very different but highly regarded women.
When a murder victim is found surrounded by horror movie posters and posed in such a way that even the hardened detectives are sickened by the sight of her body, it is the start of the hunt for a serial killer determined to stop a secret from coming out. But what secret and why? Is it related to a cold case from the past but if so, has there been a huge miscarriage of justice? There’s also a face from the past back in Mauras life but who? And what does the cryptic message she received mean?
As usual Tess Gerritsen works her magic with her intricate plotting, where you think you know where she’s heading but then realise she has lead you a merry dance. She is an expert in totally wrong footing her readers and its no different here. Maura has plenty of autopsies to provide clues so expect lots of stomach churning details if you are of a sensitive nature! But these scenes are always one of my favourite little pleasures when I read this series, I love watching Maura working away diligently trying to piece the clues together. And I am always fascinated by Jane and her family dynamics, which are handled with a quiet dignity, letting her characters actions tell the story much better than any background explanation could.
If you’ve never read any of this series before then don’t worry, this can be read as a standalone but I will then be very jealous as you will then want to catch up by reading the previous 11 which are all fantastic! This is a brilliant series and Rizzoli and Isles are a match made in heaven for us readers. This book is also a bit of a nod to the passion Tess Gerritsen has for horror movies which I heard her enthuse about when I attended a talk by her last year. She’s done an amazing job of transfering that ardour here, bringing an intriguing edge to this pretty perfect crime thriller. Highly recommended by me.
I Know a Secret: (Rizzoli & Isles 12) will be published by Transworld Digital on 10th August 2017.