The Silent Girl

The Silent Girl

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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Rizzoli & Isles now a series on TNT
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2012.
Edition: Ballantine Books premium mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345515513
034551551X
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 464 p. ; 19 cm.

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NRBBrady
Dec 30, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this Rizzoli & Isles effort. This was a nice tie-in to the 2010 book, Ice Cold, that I wasn't too crazy about. I liked the Chinese folklore entertwined, the fact that it was moving between two crime scenes - one from 19 years previous, and the current event. A great resolution at the end - and plenty of threads to follow up moving forward!

rb3221 Sep 14, 2017

Another well written thriller with disappearing teenage girls, Chinese legends and a mystical sword. The story blends two mysteries, one 19 years old and the other in the present time. Lots of tension and suspense and a good satisfactory ending where loose ends are tided up.
Will the new detective Tam be a part of future novels? Wii Korsack marry Angela?

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Zoelexi777
Feb 02, 2016

I love Tess Gerritsen's books and this book did not disappoint. I couldn't put it down. I found it very interesting with some historical Chinese folk lore. I was very surprised with the ending.

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Shelley51
Dec 27, 2015

I love the series but this wasn't my favorite.

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eomuahaha
Oct 03, 2015

Have read almost all of her books, this is by far the best one. Leaves some of the creepiness behind for great traditional Pacific-Asian fairytale-like stories, characters, history and insight into Chinese culture.

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ilovewhippets
Dec 12, 2014

Does not disappoint! I recommend it!

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wilqser
Apr 12, 2014

Mysery about a Medical Examiner and a Detective who come upon a grisly murder committed on a rooftop in chinatown and come upon clues leading to the killing of several young girls and avenging assasins infused around ancient folklore. Light Good read. Did not know the perpetrators until the end. Passable.

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gordjca
Jul 10, 2013

Certainly recommend this for a great read. Totally enjoyed it. A satisfying epilogue for once.

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MaZaRo
Feb 12, 2013

Terrible! I'm a fan of this author's books, but this was atrocious. 10 chapters was 10 too many.

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Irene1966
Jan 23, 2013

One of my favourite books in ages. Used to read Gerritsen years ago. I love the TV show now so thought it was time to revist the books. Almost had to put my life on hold for the few days it took me to read this. Was kept guessing right until the end.

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siammarino May 18, 2015

Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura solve a difficult case involving the abduction of teenage girls. Set in Chinatown, the story is gripping with many details about Chinese culture. Thriller

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