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THE SILENT GIRL: A RIZZOLI & ISLES NOVEL By Gerritsen, Tess (Author) Compact Disc on 05-Jul-2011 [CD-ROM]

Tess Gerritsen
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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation (5 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D3BC5Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

More 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. But her interests span far more than medical topics. 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. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel HARVEST, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series "Rizzoli & isles." She lives with her husband in Maine. For more information on Tess Gerritsen and her novels, visit her website:

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be silent about this! 21 July 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I'm not going to give a huge history on the novels previously, as that would take a lot of explaining (!) but suffice to say, if you want to really know both Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles you should probably start with book one of Gerritsen's Rizzoli/Isles series and work your way through the series. Because a lot of past cases are mentioned and some people will be confused and wonder what's going on. The Silent Girl starts some months after (the brilliant) The Killing Place and we start by seeing Maura Isles testifying at the trial of a cop. (Not on his behalf, I may add). That didn't add much to the book, it has to be said, but I think it's setting the ground work for the Boston PD to not trust Maura as much (as is shown throughout The Silent Girl whenever Maura is called to a crime scene). But the real plot of the novel is the death of a girl on a roof in Chinatown. At first Jane Rizzoli is stumped as to how she was killed but as she learns more and more, secrets are revealed.

The Silent Girl is very much plot-focused; compared to The Killing Place which was very much focused on Maura, the personal lives of Rizzoli and Isles is put onto the backburner for this novel. Instead we're introduced to Chinatown and its mythology. The book isn't as gripping or suspenseful as previous novels, but the background to the entire plot is very much done well. Gerritsen has written a note on the back of the novel (of my proof copy, anyway) saying that the book was inspired by herself growing up as a Chinese-American and her history and the history of all Chinese-Americans is very much prevalent during the novel. So although it wasn't a suspenseful novel, it was still rather creepy as Jane found herself wondering if there really was a ghost running through Chinatown killing people.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story with an exotic background 6 Aug 2011
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
I've enjoyed all of the author's books in the Rizzoli and Isles series and marvel at how she can think up so many different scenarios. Boston's Chinatown and the cultural heritage of the community provide an interesting and exotic background to this intriguing story of deaths and disappearances. Though each of the books in the series has a stand-alone story, I feel I get more having followed the main characters' experiences chronologically. The author doesn't over-burden the flow of her narrative with personal and life-style information about her characters, only including enough to make them seem real, so that her books crack along a good pace and keep the reader hooked wanting to know what happens next.
An excellent book that I'm sure most readers of crime fiction will enjoy.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great title 22 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, this will not exactly come as a shock but I'm a huge Tess Gerritsen fan so any new book that arrives will be devoured in pretty short succession. The novel as usual is well written and when told from multiple points of view made this a story that was not only about the victim but the circumstances which allows the story to stand out on its own. Add to this the freshness of Rizzoli and Isles (even though it is their ninth outing) and it's a series that is not only gripping but one that keeps this series in the mind of fans as well as new readers who have watched the TV series (alas still not available in the UK.)

All in, when you add Tess' unique writing style which include gritty crime and gory scenes alongside her characters developments both personal and case related it's a series that few other authors can come close to matching. Great stuff although to be honest don't read this on your own or late at night and I'd definitely suggest a stiff drink to help settle the nerves in certain areas. Magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritsen - The Silent Girl 31 July 2012
In this, the 9th in Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series we're trying to uncover the mystery of a bunch of murders in Chinatown. Surly Boston cop Jane Rizzoli takes centre stage here as she heads up the investigation with her partner Barry Frost and newcomer to the team Johnny Tam. After a woman is found dead on a rooftop in Chinatown it soon becomes apparent that the murder is linked to a massacre from years ago.

I won't say much more on the plot as the synopsis here on Amazon will tell you enough. Unfortunately this one just wasn't up to Gerritsen's usual standard. The writing and the story itself is very unoriginal, at times it felt like Tess was following a 'paint by numbers' method for writing a crime book and it was all very pedestrian and ultimately, boring. I've read and enjoyed all of the previous books in this series but it seems that her efforts are becoming less and less impressive, especially when compared to the other leaders in the genre; Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell etc. Read this one for a cheap quick thrill, or if you've followed the series, but there's nothing new to be found here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Girl 23 Aug 2011
By Norny
This book kept you riverted and on your toes right up until the end. You could not put the book down for breaks it just had to be read!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Murder Leads Rizzoli to Creeps 21 July 2011
"Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house." -- Proverbs 17:13 (NKJV)

I found The Silent Girl to be one of the very best books in the series. Let me explain why.

The novel has a strong sense of place. I often walk through Boston's Chinatown and the story evoked just the sort of thoughts and emotions that occur to me while regarding people there.

There are many mysteries here, each of which has to be exposed to the light of truth before anyone can know what really happened. I found that storytelling style to be intriguing.

By drawing on Chinese culture, there's an exotic element that makes the characters and story seem more exotic, almost like finding a hothouse flower unexpectedly in winter.

The story also grabbed me emotionally more than most police procedurals and suspense stories do.

Sometimes Dr. Gerritsen's stories don't completely ring true to me. This one allowed me to successfully suspend disbelief throughout.

The only aspect of the story that didn't appeal to me (other than what the villains did) was the brief involvement of Dr. Maura Isles. It seemed almost like a leftover from a different story than an essential part of this one. If it had been edited out, I suspect many readers would have liked the book better. But die hard fans of Dr. Isles will be disappointed, I'm sure, with the little they find of her here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not read yet - but love all her books
Published 22 days ago by batley48
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must read as all of her novels are
Published 23 days ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Really good story. Fab, would definitely recommend. Tess Gerritsen is a superb author and I love reading her books. Hard to put down.
Published 24 days ago by M. A. Paveley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book good writer
Published 26 days ago by dotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the Rizolli and Isles stories.
Published 26 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars pleased with
arrived on time, pleased with item
Published 1 month ago by shelley price
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh fiction!!!
I am new to Tess Gerritsen's books but in the last few months have read the Rizzoli & Isles series back to back chronologically. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dantes Inferno
4.0 out of 5 stars Ninjas and severed bits
Chinatown, Ninjas, masks and love, the Rizzoli and Isles series is getting good again. The premise is a bit silly but I loved it, after the apprentice I felt the stories dragged on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ellisaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars a real page turner
Another Rizzoli and Isles book that I couldn't put down. I'm already looking out for the next one. Can't wait.
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I love Tess Gerritsen's books. This one, as they always do, lived up to all my expectations - she never lets me down.
Published 3 months ago by Ecossaise
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