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Tess Gerritsen is an author that s an automatic go to for me without nowing anything about it I ll read it But I m seriously wondering if The Shape of Night was written by someone else it s that different from anything the author has written before A one hundred and fifty year old ghost a woman living in said ghost s house that same woman drinking herself to oblivion almost every night and there s Ava rented Brodie s Watch in Maine for the summer so she could complete the manuscript that was almost a year overdue Her agent Simon had been very patient but even that was wearing thin Ava s only company was her cat Hannibal as in Lector and the old house was huge So was she alone Or was Captain Brodie visiting Ava at night Was she dreaming mixing her terrible past with her guilt Graphic sex scenes SM an implausible plot I was incredibly disappointed in The Shape of Night and am not really sure what genre it is meant to be There will be people who ll enjoy this novel but it didn t sit right and wasn t for me I m afraidWith thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review 35 rounded up to 4 stars Ava Collette is a food writer who rents a house in a small coastal Maine town She has promised her publisher a book of historic recipes She decides getting away from her home in Boston will help her write She experiments by making a dish from each recipe There are 2 carpenters repairing the house who happily become guinea pigs They are in heaven because all her cooking is deliciousBut then the ghost of the original owner comes to her There are some disturbing scenes of sadistic sex She discovers that the house has a sinister history There is a Arabian Nights killer in townThis is a stand alone and not part of the Rizzoli seriesOne uote for cat lovers I haul the pet carrier into the house and release theraken Hannibal emerges from the cage glares at me and lumbers off towards the itchenThanks to Ballantine Books for sending me this eARC through NetGalley I enjoyed Gerritsen s prior series Rizzoli and Isles so I was willing to give this standalone a try Now I ll be the first to admit that paranormal gothic mysteries are not my normal cup of tea but I need to step outside my favorites every now and then Ava is a food writer looking to work on her cookbook She rents an almost renovated mansion in Maine to have the peace and uiet she needs She s also running away from her prior life in Boston We are only given small illusions as to how she screwed up there Once again I m going to give away my age by saying my first impression of this book was that it was a weird take off on the old very old tv show called The Ghost and Mrs Muir with a bit of Fifty Shades of Grey thrown in Ava is your typical Ava Collette a cookbook author has rented a home in a coastal town in Maine in order to get some distance from her past and her life in Boston She tells everyone that she needs the
space and uiet in order to focus on her book ab This story was just not what and uiet in order to focus on her book ab This story was just not what was expecting I ve read Tess Gerritsen in the past and remembered her novels as thrilling This ghost story was far from it the pace was very slow and I just wanted to get to the end Unfortunately I do not recommend this one There is
SOME LIGHT BDSM TO BE AWARElight BDSM to be aware Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced reader s copy in exchange for my honest review I love Tess Gerritsen s Rizzoli Isles series so was looking forward to read this especially when it sounded like a foray into a very different type of novel a gothic paranormal mystery Unfortunately it didn t uite work for me I m not sure whether it was the handsome ghost who was into BDSM the too good to be true town doctor who instantly falls for the main character or the mysterious deaths of a number of women or just that the whole did not fit well togetherThe main character Ava is a cookery writer who has rented a mansion on a secluded point with views out to sea for the summer The reason she gives everyone is that she needs to work in seclusion to finish her book with a large itchen for testing her recipes However mainly she is running away from her guilt at her part in the death of her sister s husband After meeting the ghost of the sea captain who built the house she decides to research it s history and discovers that several women have lived alone in this house before her and died prematurely However the ghost reassures her that he will protect her and she soon finds herself looking forward to his visits after darkThe characters were well developed and the setting was atmospheric but somehow I felt that none of the elements gothic paranormal or mystery were as well realised as they could have been to pull this into a really creepy gothic mystery The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen is a 2019 Ballantine Publication A creepy paranormal mystery with a Gothic undertone Count me in An isolated old mansion a fragile house guest an unsolved mystery a few erotic encounters and an unusual ghostentity in residence and you have all the makings of a spellbinding paranormal thriller Ava Collette a food writer has rented Brodie s Watch an old mansion located on a small peninsula of Maine Having fled Boston after a tragedy that has left her haunted and riddled with guilt Ava hopes the peace and uiet help her regain her focus as she begins work on a new cookbook As A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a uiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders–in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess GerritsenAva Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New En.
Tess Gerritsen ¸ 8 Free readDo not retreat because the house is calling to me Perhaps it will always call to me its siren song compelling me to once again climb the steps to the porch where the swing creaks back and forthI open the doorABOUT THIS BOOK A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a uiet coastal town in Maine and to a string of unsolved murders in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess GerritsenAva Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she s been trying to finish for months She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house until she starts to hear strange noisesRumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades Then one night Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks and feels all too real Meanwhile there s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don t add up And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter s mysterious disappearance she starts to realize that there s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss keep hiddenSoon all of Ava s waking hours are consumed by her investigation and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie s ghostly visits But even as she uestions her own sanity shenows she must uncover the truth before a iller strikes againMY THOUGHTS 12% onto this 5 star read I wrote There is something in the cadence of Gerritsen s writing the atmosphere she has created that is reminiscent of Du Maurier s Rebecca This is delicious It sends tingles down my spine After finishing The Shape of Night and mulling it over for a couple of days I would not change one word of my commentThis is a delicious book set in a house of secrets in a town with secrets But Ava has secrets too And guilt A terrible crippling guilt that threatens to smother her and causes her to cut herself off from those she loves mostGerritsen introduces a paranormal aspect to her book something she does not normally do and something I am not normally attracted by But this works and works superbly I almost fell in love with Captain Brodie myself There are also several sex scenes in the text not graphic but tastefully done with left to the imagination than not They are not gratuitous but a wonderful part of this storyThis is a real departure for Gerritsen but one I enthusiastically applaud and I would like to see in this vein from her Two comments and neither a criticismeach page should come with a bold reminder to KEEP BREATHING because many times during this read I found myself holding my breath with anticipation andor suspense And the secondI wish she had included some of the lovely recipesOne of my favorite passages from The Shape of Night Brodie s Watch was where I found inspiration and it s true Here is where I tested and perfected my recipes where I learned there is no finer condiment than the scent of sea air It s where I learned that wine does not cure grief and when you dine with guilt even the most tenderly prepared meal is tastelessFive brightly shining stars from me THE AUTHOR Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career A graduate of Stanford University Tess went on to medical school at the University of California San Francisco where she was awarded her MDWhile on maternity leave from her work as a physician she began to write fiction In 1987 her first
novel was published Now retired from medicine she writes full time Shewas published Now retired from medicine she writes full time She in MaineDISCLOSURE Thank you to Random House UK Transworld Publishers Bantam Press vis Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinionsFor an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscomThis book review is also
Published On Twitter And Myon Twitter and my I m not really sure how to review this book while uick and easy to read it wasn t really what I was expecting We have Ava who in the wake of a personal tragedy leaves Boston to take a rental for the summer in coastal Maine where she s determined to finish the book she is writing She is able to get the rental on a huge oceanfront mansion cheaply as it has a checkered past and is said to be hauntedAva tries to get on with her life and though making progress with her book she is drinking too much and starts to have strange dreams in the house But are they dreams or manifestations As the old house casts it s spell around Ava *She S Not Sure * s not sure what she s feeling is real or simply drunken dreams while under the influence She does now she doesn t want to leave the house however when the previous occupant turns up dead things escalate and Ava is drawn in to a nightmare that she isn t sure she can escape fromI did enjoy this book but I really think some of the scenes were unnecessary I found they detracted from the book and while yes it was creepy it could have been made so by the power of suggestion not the explicit scenarios that were repeated This would make a good beach read but it could have been so much My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest revie. Add up And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to Always You keep hiddenSoon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits But even as she uestions her own sanity shenows she must uncover the truth before a iller strikes agai. .
He begins cooking up her new recipes she soon realizes she isn t alone in the house Apparently the house is haunted by Captain Brodie the original owner of the house and her encounters with him become very intimate Meanwhile a couple of accidental deaths coupled with the disappearance of the home s previous tenant have Ava spending time investigating the troubling rumors surrounding her new abode Before long it becomes obvious that the surrounding community is harboring a few very dark secrets and the ghosts of Brodie s Watch may be the least of her concerns I ve never read the popular and well respected Rizzoli and Isles series but I now enough about it to realize this stand alone book is not cut from the same cloth No offense to anyone but if you aren t a fan of Paranormal books or expect Rizzoli and Isles only with different names and places then you ll want to approach this one with of an open mind Just as you might not wish to read one author one series or one genre I m sure authors like a change of pace from time to time as well As for me I love Gothic tones ghosts and cold case mysteries so this book was right up my alley The story is very atmospheric with a strong sinister sense of foreboding The emotions are also palpable as Ava s immense sadness and overwhelming guilt threatens to overcome her But all the paranormal instances center around a death that took place at Brodie s Watch years back which was ruled an accident This mystery is very compelling and I fear it might be a little overshadowed by the heavy emphasis placed on the sensuality and ghostly occurrences While this may be too much of a departure for some of Gerritsen s readers for those of us who like these types of stories this is a welcome addition to her library of work Overall I really enjoyed this book and I hope Gerritsen will step outside her series writing often to publish stand alone novels like this one After reading a number of Rizzoli Isles novels by Tess Gerritsen I was drawn to her latest piece a standalone to see if it held as much excitement for me Definitely full of mystery this book will leave those who have loved the aforementioned series with many uestions and potential concerns if this is the new path Gerritsen is set to take Ava Collette has decided to leave the busy life she led in Boston settling in a small Maine town With many secrets in the rear view mirror Ava has a deadline to complete her latest cook book which she will fill with sea themed New England classics After renting a property Ava discovers some disturbing things that have her wondering about her choice of accommodation She learns that the house was built by Captain Jeremiah Brodie who is a local seafaring celebrity When she is visited by an apparition late one night the haunting takes on a new level of concern though things are also a lot intense for Ava on other levels too As she digs into the background of the previous owners and renters of the house Ava discovers something highly disturbing leaving her little choice but to take immediate action uestion is will it be enough A very uniue piece by Tess Gerritsen that will surely get people talking but perhaps not for the right reasonWhile I have always enjoyed the Tess Gerritsen books I ve read this one was surely out in left field for me I cannot be sure if this ties in to some of her other standalone novels but other reviewers seem to be on the same page as I am Paranormal soft core pornography is not a genre I want to read about especially from someone like Tess Gerritsen so I will have to be very careful about what I read of hers in the future Ava Collette began as uite the interesting protagonist Fleeing issues in her life she settles in a rural community to lose herself or perhaps find her writing groove Her backstory emerges throughout the book which tells an interesting narrative all its own The development that occurs particularly in relation to the hauntingparanormal activity I felt this really lessened the impact of the story adding to that the sexual encounters that occur throughout Other characters helped try *To Make This A * make this a story but it was as though Gerritsen could not help returning to this silly theme that really sullied the story for those who have enjoyed her thrillers in the past The story could have been great as it had all the needed ingredients but it flopped on a few occasions and left me wondering why she might want to go in these directions All the power to those who want to read his pulsing member
Novels But When You Add His Pulsingbut when you add his pulsing member you lose even level headed readers Not all is lost but some readers like me may not be able to simply ignore itKudos Madam Gerritsen for the attempt but let s stick to Boston s crime scene and Rizzoli Isles if you pleaseLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge EXCERPT Even now I still dream about Brodie s Watch and the nightmare is always the same I am standing in the gravel driveway and the house looms before me like a ghost ship adrift in the fog Around my feet mist curls and slithers and it coats my skin in icy rime I hear waves rolling in from the sea and crashing against the cliffs and overhead seagulls scream a warning to stay far far away I now that Death waits behind that front door yet Gland cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house–until she starts to hear strange noisesRumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades Then one night Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks–and feels–all too real Meanwhile there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t. ,