I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Shape of Night today. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for my blog tour invite.
About this 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?
I’ve been a huge Tess Gerritsen fan for many years now. I have loved her early romantic suspense novels, her Rizzoli and Isles series and her standalone books. The Shape of Night is very different to her Rizzoli and Isles crime series but it is a very addictive, and sometimes uncomfortable, read that digs deep and explores our multilayered responses to loss. It is a thriller and a mystery but I would also probably describe it as a kind of ghostly Fifty Shades of Grey…! I fell completely in love with this book and even though the heroine Ava tries very hard to make you dislike her, I just couldn’t take against her even when the truth is revealed about why she is hiding herself away. I don’t really want to go into the plot too much more than that as I think that reading it blind and with an open mind is probably a good idea and you will definitely get more from it if you do.
The Shape of Night is a claustrophobic and darkly atmospheric thriller with a spine chilling twist. I was never quite sure of what was real or if what was happening was a manifestation of Ava’s own guilt. After she flees the city to the beautiful but remote country mansion, she becomes obsessed with finding out about the history of the house and that of its previous owners. The beautiful Maine setting of this novel added a creepy undercurrent to the narrative with its small town mentality, where tourists pass through so frequently that no one takes the time to get to know them and outsiders struggle to fit in because of that.
The supernatural element of the plot worked well for me, with the added bonus of never being sure how it all tied in with the real life deaths that occurred. It’s certainly a very different kind of plot line than we are used to from Tess Gerritsen but one that has been well researched and is obviously of keen interest to the author which shows in the amount of emotion it evokes in the reader. I raced through it, unable to put it down until all the facts were revealed and the truth laid bare for us.
A highly enjoyable read for me!
Meet 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.