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Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are 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. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime resonating 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.


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Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are 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. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime resonating 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.

30 review for The Silent Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I’ve been on a Tess Gerritsen tear, having just completed my seventh Gerritsen thriller of the year. The Silent Girl is the ninth book in the highly regarded Rizzoli & Isles series, and ranks up there as one of my favorites so far. It is fast-paced, suspenseful, and intriguing. It starts off with a bang – or, I should say, a “whoosh”! Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost are called to the scene of a murder in Boston’s Chinatown, where they find a severed hand. When they find the victim, they s I’ve been on a Tess Gerritsen tear, having just completed my seventh Gerritsen thriller of the year. The Silent Girl is the ninth book in the highly regarded Rizzoli & Isles series, and ranks up there as one of my favorites so far. It is fast-paced, suspenseful, and intriguing. It starts off with a bang – or, I should say, a “whoosh”! Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost are called to the scene of a murder in Boston’s Chinatown, where they find a severed hand. When they find the victim, they see that her neck has been sliced from ear to ear with a very sharp instrument. This is only the beginning of the Chinatown mystery. Rather, it turns out to be something more like a prequel, because the manner of death leads the detectives to a martial arts studio, which in turn leads back to a 19-year-old case that was labeled murder-suicide. One widow, however, begs to differ. It turns out that there are complications – one cannot really call them coincidences, because there are too many connections. But what – or who – is the true connection? We have the murder, and we also have the unsolved disappearances of a number of teenage girls. Are they related somehow? Rizzoli has her suspicions, but who – or what – is the strange figure that appears and vanishes in the dark? This story was too good to put down. Dr. Maura Isles makes an appearance early on when she and Rizzoli have a bit of a falling out over the case of a cop shooting a prisoner. We also see Maura with “Rat” and Bear, the boy and his dog whom we met in Ice Cold. I liked seeing that side of Maura, and I liked the boy’s inquisitiveness and intelligence. Jane and Frost both have some personal family issues in this one as well, but for the most part, the story is about the case. I loved the Chinatown connection and the way that Ms Gerritsen wove in the martial arts, Chinese fables, and tales about the heroic Monkey King. Those traditions lent a mystique and sense of danger that added a plenty of interest and drama to the story. Yes, there are a few bizarre moments in this one, with a spooky, nearly invisible wushu fighter that may or may not be human. The plot had me guessing, and just when I thought I might have a handle on it, there were some big twists. Jane Rizzoli is her usual steady, stubborn self. I always like Frost. He’s kind of a mess over his separation from his wife, but he’s a good partner to Jane. We get to meet a potential rising star in The Silent Girl. Johnny Tam is called on the scene as an interpreter, but he has strong designs on becoming a homicide detective, and he’s a hard worker. He could become a liaison between the Chinese community and the police. It’s rather surprising to see what happens with Detective Tam. Is there a link between the missing girls and the murders at the restaurant nearly two decades earlier? Was the cook truly innocent, as the widow of his friend believes? What happened to the girls? Are any of them alive? There are more questions as the story goes on, and Tess Gerritsen has constructed a fascinating tale this time around. I can’t wait to read her next one, Last to Die. 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    4.5* This is a riveting mystery that I found hard to put down. I read it in two days. It starts with the discovery of a severed hand and a gun in an alley, and then a body w/o a hand on a roof. The dead woman was dressed in black and had no id--all suggesting a professional killer. The car belonging to the dead woman is found and it has a handheld GPS with two addresses--a martial arts academy in Chinatown and a retired Boston police detective, Lou Ingersoll. Detectives Rizzoli and Frost soon fin 4.5* This is a riveting mystery that I found hard to put down. I read it in two days. It starts with the discovery of a severed hand and a gun in an alley, and then a body w/o a hand on a roof. The dead woman was dressed in black and had no id--all suggesting a professional killer. The car belonging to the dead woman is found and it has a handheld GPS with two addresses--a martial arts academy in Chinatown and a retired Boston police detective, Lou Ingersoll. Detectives Rizzoli and Frost soon find links to a mass shooting that happened 19 tears ago. It was closed out as a murder-suicide. Dr. Maura Isles, Boston M.E., helps reopen the 19 year case by reviewing the case and finding discrepancies. Rizzoli and Frost start to ask questions and the puzzle just gets more difficult. I kept reading more and more, wanting answers. The case is resolved with a very satisfactory ending. This is book 9 in the series. There are side plots in the book, family issues with Jane Rizzoli's mom and police hostility towards Dr. Isles, whose testimony helped convict a Boston cop of murder. One humorous quote: "What the heck is a venture capitalist, anyway?" said Frost... " "I think they use money to make money." Jane said "But how do you get the money to start with? From friends who have it. I gotta get me some new friends." If you watch the tv series, you will like the books. There are differences between the two and there are developments that carry through the book series, so they work better if read in order. Tess Gerritsen made a cameo appearance on the tv show a few months ago. My wife and I like both the tv & book series. This was a library book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Detective Jane Rizzoli and ME Maura Isles are called to a crime scene in Chinatown where a severed hand was found in an alley that eventually led to a female corpse on the rooftop of one of the adjacent buildings. Clues are scarce but eventually lead them to a 19-year old case where five people died in an apparent murder-suicide at a restaurant there in Chinatown. Also connected are two teenaged girls who are tied to the victims and disappeared shortly before and after the massacre. I was drawn Detective Jane Rizzoli and ME Maura Isles are called to a crime scene in Chinatown where a severed hand was found in an alley that eventually led to a female corpse on the rooftop of one of the adjacent buildings. Clues are scarce but eventually lead them to a 19-year old case where five people died in an apparent murder-suicide at a restaurant there in Chinatown. Also connected are two teenaged girls who are tied to the victims and disappeared shortly before and after the massacre. I was drawn into this story from the first chapter, which, consistent with every other book in this series, presents a scene that has no apparent context initially. There are quite a few dangling fragments from multiple events, each compelling on their own, but when connected make for quite the delicious cocktail. I had to pay attention to details, esoteric clues that were not particularly meaningful in the moment but when later attached to those dangling fragments, start to bring form and substance to this puzzle. There are lots of red herrings you have to sift through as well but they’re not obvious and do have some relevance. This was a really great story that wrapped its tentacles around me and wouldn’t let go. Another new narrator, Tanya Eby, who delivered another excellent performance. What’s odd about that constant change is that each of them have been consistent in their capture of Jane and Maura. I find that as remarkable as this story. I’m thrilled that the series continues to be so very, very good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Another great “Vacation 2020” book! I love how these mysteries just get better with each book. Not only does Gerritsen deepen our insight into her co-leading characters’ lives but her mysteries have become more interesting, more layered, and slightly less procedural. I loved all the Chinese mythology that serves as the fascinating foundation for this haunting tale. This one hit close to paranormal without jumping the shark— something that can be difficult if not handled well. Only missed that fif Another great “Vacation 2020” book! I love how these mysteries just get better with each book. Not only does Gerritsen deepen our insight into her co-leading characters’ lives but her mysteries have become more interesting, more layered, and slightly less procedural. I loved all the Chinese mythology that serves as the fascinating foundation for this haunting tale. This one hit close to paranormal without jumping the shark— something that can be difficult if not handled well. Only missed that fifth star because I would really have liked it if I hadn’t guessed so much so soon. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of stunning reveals, but I spent so much time trying to figure out the “why” that I managed to stumble onto the “who” first. Gerritsen has quickly become my go to for a “can’t miss” mystery. On to book 10.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    *Everybody was kung fu fighting* I like this book better than the rest. Some kick-ass vigilantes are starring and I love learning more about Asian myth and culture. *Everybody was kung fu fighting* I like this book better than the rest. Some kick-ass vigilantes are starring and I love learning more about Asian myth and culture.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The Silent Girl is book 9 in the Rizzoli & Isles series and I think this book maybe one of the best in the series. Usually the deeper into a series you get the quality of writing and story plots gets worse but not this time. While I believe for the most part this series should be read in order. The Silent Girl can be read as a stand alone and you would still enjoy it just as much. The Silent Girl has little of everything action, family secrets, Chinese American history and strong fearless women. The Silent Girl is book 9 in the Rizzoli & Isles series and I think this book maybe one of the best in the series. Usually the deeper into a series you get the quality of writing and story plots gets worse but not this time. While I believe for the most part this series should be read in order. The Silent Girl can be read as a stand alone and you would still enjoy it just as much. The Silent Girl has little of everything action, family secrets, Chinese American history and strong fearless women. A must read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Why has it taken me so long to get back to this series am asking myself the question Tess Gerritsen is the madam of this genre & she has all the right moves to keep the reader glued to every page. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen was a very atmospheric read Set in China Town a young woman is found in an ally with her hand missing & decapitated Jane Rizzoli enlists the help of Johnny Tam to help find out how she died as he knew the ins & outs of the China Town district. Years earlier a mass killi Why has it taken me so long to get back to this series am asking myself the question Tess Gerritsen is the madam of this genre & she has all the right moves to keep the reader glued to every page. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen was a very atmospheric read Set in China Town a young woman is found in an ally with her hand missing & decapitated Jane Rizzoli enlists the help of Johnny Tam to help find out how she died as he knew the ins & outs of the China Town district. Years earlier a mass killing happened at the Red Phoenix leading the investigation detective Ingersoll, now retired looks into both cases at the same time two young girls who were well educated disappeared at the same time Are they dead Or did the just disappear know one knows. As the case develops detective Tam & Rizzoli take in Iris Fang for questioning her husband was killed in the Red Phoenix case both Rizzoli & tam think she knows more than she is telling them? As they both go deeper & deeper Detective Ingersoll turns up dead that's when both will stop at nothing to find out who killed one of their own. I though this was very dark read by Gerritsen it takes you into the corrupt side of gangs a must read for all Gerritsen fans

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    "How many bodies are lying here, she wondered. How many silent girls who will finally be able to speak?" This is the ninth book in the Rizzoli & Isles series and I have read all of them. It seems there is a bit of supernatural themes in these books and this one was no exception. During a guided tour of Boston's Chinatown a young boy finds a severed hand. Still dripping blood. The police are called and Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost respond. During the search of the area they find a woman "How many bodies are lying here, she wondered. How many silent girls who will finally be able to speak?" This is the ninth book in the Rizzoli & Isles series and I have read all of them. It seems there is a bit of supernatural themes in these books and this one was no exception. During a guided tour of Boston's Chinatown a young boy finds a severed hand. Still dripping blood. The police are called and Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost respond. During the search of the area they find a woman's body on a rooftop. Her throat has been slashed so deeply she was almost decapitated and she is missing a hand. Evidence is collected and sent to the lab for analysis. Among the evidence collected were two strands of silver hair that is not human. Rizzoli and Frost begin their investigation and find a link to a nineteen year old case. Five people were killed in the Red Phoenix Restaurant in what was then labeled as murder-suicide. Investigators at the time ruled that Wu Weiman, the cook, killed James Fang (waiter/cashier), Arthur & Dina Mallory, Joey Gilmore, and then killed himself. Tragedy seems to follow those connected with the Red Phoenix Restaurant massacre. Two daughters of the victims have disappeared without a trace. Someone is sending copies of the obituaries with notes to relatives of the victims on the anniversary each year. In this story there are Chinese fables, tales about the mythic Monkey King, martial arts, a spooky and nearly invisible wushu fighter that may or may not be human. Plenty of suspense and intrigue that keeps the reader turning pages trying to figure out the connection between the most recent murders, what happened in the Red Phoenix Restaurant nineteen years ago, and what happened to the missing women. What is truth and what is fiction? Is the Monkey King real? A side story deals with Dr. Maura Isles who up until now had the respect of the Boston P.D. She may have crossed the thin blue line with her philosophy of only dealing with the facts ... whatever the consequences. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for Maura. Also, will Johnny Tam become part of the team? It appears that he might.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam Blake

    All day I have been watching the girl. What an impressive opening line…the best crime starts with a great hook, and this one drags you straight in by the hair. When a hand is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, Geritsen’s brilliant detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to a nearby rooftop and finds the hand’s owner – a woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply that her head is severed. The murder of this woman with no ID links to a horrifying murder suicide that happened nineteen years earl All day I have been watching the girl. What an impressive opening line…the best crime starts with a great hook, and this one drags you straight in by the hair. When a hand is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, Geritsen’s brilliant detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to a nearby rooftop and finds the hand’s owner – a woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply that her head is severed. The murder of this woman with no ID links to a horrifying murder suicide that happened nineteen years earlier in a Chinatown restaurant. Pathologist Maura Isles makes a break in the case, a break that leads Rizzoli to link the deaths of the five people in the restaurant to the deaths of many more. Chilling, eminently believable, this book is deeply satisfyingly complex, touching on ancient Chinese myth and legend, antiquities – and family honour. With a double twists that you will NOT see, The Silent Girl ticks all the boxes to make it brilliant crime fiction, a book that will resonate long after you put it down. For crime writers – I was immediately struck in the first page of this book what a consumate professional Tess Geritsen is – she establishes time, location & character in one sweep, creating a picture as precise as a crime scene photo. We are watching a girl - …..She looks younger than the others, but perhaps it’s because she’s Asian and petite at seventeen, just a wisp of a girl. Her black hair is cropped short as a boy’s, and her blue jeans are ragged and torn…. We are right there with the watcher, seeing this girl, hearing the sounds of the street, feeling darkness fall. Shwoing not telling at its very very best. This is a must read. As Lee Child says ‘Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this.’

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Silent Girl is book nine in the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner Detective Frost caught a case in China Town. A body was found on the top of a restaurant that has been closed for twenty years after five people were killed. At first Detective Jan Rizzoli and Detective Frost thought this case was straightforward and easy to finish. However, this was not the case. The readers of The Silent Girl will continue to follow the twists and turns in Det The Silent Girl is book nine in the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner Detective Frost caught a case in China Town. A body was found on the top of a restaurant that has been closed for twenty years after five people were killed. At first Detective Jan Rizzoli and Detective Frost thought this case was straightforward and easy to finish. However, this was not the case. The readers of The Silent Girl will continue to follow the twists and turns in Detective Jane Rizzoli and Detective Frost investigation into the death of the young women. I enjoy reading The Silent Girl. The Rizzoli and Isles series is fantastic series. I do like Tess Gerritsen writing style and the way Tess Gerritsen describes her plots and portrays her characters. The Silent Girl did start slowly. However, once you got past the first couple of chapters, you will enjoy reading this book. Tess Gerritsen did a great job in combining the twenty-five-year-old murder case with the present day murders. Readers of The Silent Girl will learn about Chinese legends and superstitions. Also, the problems that law enforcement have when investigating a murder in China Town. The Silent Girl highlights the problems and consequences for everyone involved with sexual assault on children. I recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I think I've read all of Tess Gerritsen's books, and this may be her best yet. By using her Asian heritage and more over-the-top humor and risks, she's produced a book that has almost a graphic novel feel, but sits well on her Rizzoli & Isles shelf at the same time. After finding a dead woman with a severed hand on the roof of a building, Rizzoli & Isles find themselves following an invisible killer out of Chinese folklore--and an equally invisible and implacable hero from the same source. The de I think I've read all of Tess Gerritsen's books, and this may be her best yet. By using her Asian heritage and more over-the-top humor and risks, she's produced a book that has almost a graphic novel feel, but sits well on her Rizzoli & Isles shelf at the same time. After finding a dead woman with a severed hand on the roof of a building, Rizzoli & Isles find themselves following an invisible killer out of Chinese folklore--and an equally invisible and implacable hero from the same source. The dead woman seems to connect to a nineteen year old Chinatown case, too, and Rizzoli finds herself suddenly the outsider trying to finesse the culture that doesn't want to invite her in to do her usual job. Gerritsen uses a separate first person POV for the first time I can remember, and handles the changing voices so fluently that many readers may not even notice. She also introduces Johnny Tam, an Asian cop on the Boston PD, who will probably be a continuing character...possibly in two identities. Gerritsen has taken new chances with this book, and they all work. I look forward to seeing her expanded cast of characters again soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wonda

    4! This R & I case was very well done! Had me on the edge of my seat until the pieces started to fit together...about the midpoint...Am I the only one to get a comic book vibe here??? Well done!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle♥

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok, so my library now charges $1 for "New Hot Picks!" and this was soooo NOT worth that dollar! I really have enjoyed Gerritsen's writing style...up until this book. I did not like the progression, or lack of progression I should say with the whole Rizzoli & Isles characters. And why was this book called "The Silent Girl?" It was about SEVERAL girlsssss. Horrible and sick story about what happens to these girls, and you know what? We are left to our own imagination to "see" what really happened to Ok, so my library now charges $1 for "New Hot Picks!" and this was soooo NOT worth that dollar! I really have enjoyed Gerritsen's writing style...up until this book. I did not like the progression, or lack of progression I should say with the whole Rizzoli & Isles characters. And why was this book called "The Silent Girl?" It was about SEVERAL girlsssss. Horrible and sick story about what happens to these girls, and you know what? We are left to our own imagination to "see" what really happened to them, and just how many there actually were! That's what Gerritsen has been giving us, the juicy, nasty, utterly disturbing details of the murderers and psychos in her books. Even Dr. Zucker or whatever, he seemed HUMAN in this one! All the other cases he was always so reserved, cold, and distant. I was actually able to relate to him and I feel like we've losted this creepy character. This did not seem like the Gerritsen that I have grown to admire. This seemed like someone else writing this story! Now, I appreciate her going back to her roots and focusing on the the Chinese fables, folklore, and culture of Boston's Chinatown. But I do not appreciate the lack of connection that she made with all these random characters. I wanted to learn more about Johnny Tam, Bella Li's story and especially what happened to Laura! I literally just kept sighing throughout reading this one! I saw and counted how many pages I had left. It was just that bad for me. Now there was no improvement with any of the characters. Maura and Father Daniel Brophy are done-zo, Jane and Gabriel still have fights over her being an overaggressive cop, who by the way always ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time because she's gets this spidey-sense thing going on and then it back fires on her and she ends up tied up, somehow abducted and utterly defenseless...not the Jane that we've read about or seen. She's always having her guard up and lately she's been more vulnerable... Rizzoli's mom and Korsak are engaged, but honestly, who cares at this point? I've lost all touch with him, and it truly feels like a distant cousin at this point instead of one of main character's mother, who is ALWAYS taking care of her daughter's daughter. What the hell Rizzoli? Can't you be a mom for once? Stay off a few cases and just be with your family!? I know, I know. I need a break from this series. I have read all of them in a matter of a WEEK! I'm getting angry at fictional characters, people who don't exist. And to be truly honest, I had already guessed it was Charlotte's dad and her stepbrother Mark. I knew it was them. And to me that means that Gerritsen has lost her spark for me, she's lost her touch. If I can guess who the killer and perputarors are, then she's not doing ANY twists or turns. And um, the Irish mob? Can we say RANDOM!!!? This was totally NOT what I was expecting from Gerritsen, especially since this is her newest release. I was sighing, yawning, and it was just dull for me. Not the medical thrillers that I'm used to from her. I wanted more, expected more, and was just let down. And excuse me, but who the hell was doing the editing on this book? There were sooooo many spelling mistakes that I think her Microsoft Word blew up on her and must have died. The grammar...ugh cringing! Who or whom. They're, there, their. UGH! Froth or forth. It just really made this book a more terrible experience for me. I want to cleanse my mental palate now!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    If you are like me then you are a huge Tess Gerritsen Fan and have or been dying to get your hands on her latest The Silent Girl - I know I have. It's been months since I first put my name on the waiting list at the library but it has finally arrived and I read it in one day :). The Silent Girl features three different time periods. The first is Nineteen years ago , when it was said that a Chinese cook named Mr. Wu went on a killing spree in a Chinatown restaurant and murdered five people and th If you are like me then you are a huge Tess Gerritsen Fan and have or been dying to get your hands on her latest The Silent Girl - I know I have. It's been months since I first put my name on the waiting list at the library but it has finally arrived and I read it in one day :). The Silent Girl features three different time periods. The first is Nineteen years ago , when it was said that a Chinese cook named Mr. Wu went on a killing spree in a Chinatown restaurant and murdered five people and then shot himself dead , the second is a time period unknown when a girl is being followed and given an important task to avenge the death of her parents and the final timestamp is seven years later when our novel is set and a girl is found dead on top of a Chinatown building. Are all these deaths connected ?? and is Mr Wu , truly innocent ? . As the novel goes along we discover that the set-up of a murder/suicide was not the case and that after the death of the five people , two of their daughters went missing - are the cases connected and if so , who is wanting to remind them of the past and what really happened that fateful night nineteen years ago ? . The Silent Girl does and proves what Tess does best with providing the readers a great thrilling and suspenseful filled read. In other news, we discover that Frost was married to Alice and his now undergoing a separation , Jane is married to Gabriel and has a two and half year old Daughter named Regina , Maura has adopted the houseguest of Rat Perkins who saved her life in Ice Cold and it seems Angie - Jane's mother is about to marry Korsack. Find out all this and more in The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen , a novel worth reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book from the Amazon Vine program. I have been a fan of Tess Gerritsen since I met her at a book signing about 10 years ago. I truly believe that she is one of the best thriller writers. After a woman is found murdered in the Chinatown section of Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli follows the trail of the killer, leading her to an atrocious massacre from 19 years prior. As she puts clues of the current case together, Jane soon learns about the mysterious disappearance of several teenag I received this book from the Amazon Vine program. I have been a fan of Tess Gerritsen since I met her at a book signing about 10 years ago. I truly believe that she is one of the best thriller writers. After a woman is found murdered in the Chinatown section of Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli follows the trail of the killer, leading her to an atrocious massacre from 19 years prior. As she puts clues of the current case together, Jane soon learns about the mysterious disappearance of several teenage girls whom are connected to this massacre. Like Tess Gerristen's other books, this one is a non stop page turner. Through the twists and turns of the murder investigation, the author teaches us about Chinese history, culture, and myths (stories that had been passed on by her own mother). I mean, how often do you read a book and learn all about the history of sword making? Why only 4 stars? Although I read the book in about 3 hours and couldn't put it down, I felt that it was missing something that other Gerritsen books have had. I was disappointed by the ending as it was almost the exact ending as another very popular thriller novel (I cannot state the novel as it would give away the ending of this book).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janellyn51

    I was a little concerned before I started to read The Silent Girl, that now that I've been watching Rizzoli and Isles, I'd picture the actress' as opposed to the picture I had made in my mind of Jane, Frost, and Maura. I'm glad that when I started reading, my character's that I see in my head were still firmly there. I enjoyed the book very much. I liked learning more about China Town and Chinese legends. Jane hasn't changed much. Maura's a mess. IT seems to me, that this many books into the ser I was a little concerned before I started to read The Silent Girl, that now that I've been watching Rizzoli and Isles, I'd picture the actress' as opposed to the picture I had made in my mind of Jane, Frost, and Maura. I'm glad that when I started reading, my character's that I see in my head were still firmly there. I enjoyed the book very much. I liked learning more about China Town and Chinese legends. Jane hasn't changed much. Maura's a mess. IT seems to me, that this many books into the series, or a series of books, the author no longer has to delve too deeply into the main character's personality traits, they've already been firmly established in the readers minds...so by the time you've read The Surgeon and The Apprentice...you know Jane pretty well, what motivates her and all that, so this far into the series, it's more about the case, and they aren't quite as meaty as the earlier books where you're getting so much information about the main character's. I kind of miss that. But, Tess Gerritsen leads Rizzoli and Frost on another merry chase, and I had a good time trying to figure out what the hell was going on, yet again!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen! This is number 9 in her Rizzoli and Isles series and it didn't disappoint. It was fast moving, suspenseful and I found myself staying up late at night so I could find out what happened next. This particular book features Rizzoli more so than Isles and although both characters are interesting, I especially love Rizzoli's attitude and spunk!! This particular book took place in Boston's Chinatown and I really enjoyed reading about that neighborhood and the subseq I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen! This is number 9 in her Rizzoli and Isles series and it didn't disappoint. It was fast moving, suspenseful and I found myself staying up late at night so I could find out what happened next. This particular book features Rizzoli more so than Isles and although both characters are interesting, I especially love Rizzoli's attitude and spunk!! This particular book took place in Boston's Chinatown and I really enjoyed reading about that neighborhood and the subsequent Chinese folklore that was described throughout the story. My only regret is that now I will have to wait for the next book in the series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Characters from previous stories, and an interesting mystery in Chinatown combined to make this another good installment in the series!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    Tess Gerritsen writes excellent, complex and well-plotted mysteries with a police-procedural bent which are right up my alley. This is no exception. While part of a series, this book could work as a stand-alone although you would miss some of the past events that drive character interactions. The only thing keeping this book from really hitting five stars for me is that there is just a little coolness to the writing style. I don't feel the characters' emotions quite as deeply as I would like. Th Tess Gerritsen writes excellent, complex and well-plotted mysteries with a police-procedural bent which are right up my alley. This is no exception. While part of a series, this book could work as a stand-alone although you would miss some of the past events that drive character interactions. The only thing keeping this book from really hitting five stars for me is that there is just a little coolness to the writing style. I don't feel the characters' emotions quite as deeply as I would like. That's personal preference - I love romance and angst, and being emotionally touched by a book and not just intrigued and entertained. It is clearly a style choice on the part of the writer. For example (view spoiler)[after a main character, Jane, is shot and only saved by the Kevlar vest her husband has insisted she wear, she will have to go home and tell him about the event. (hide spoiler)] That's an opportunity for a deep emotional and romantic scene. Instead the author chooses to skip over it completely, and move on (view spoiler)[to Jane's shooter's autopsy in the morgue the next morning. (hide spoiler)] For some, that is the ideal choice, not letting the mystery get bogged down in the gooey personal stuff. I just happen to have a taste for the personal in my reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I discovered Tess Gerritsen's wonderful Rizzoli and Isles series last year with the excellent novel Ice Cold. Then of course I started reading the earlier novels so it was a pleasure to go forward with The Silent Girl. In this outing Gerritsen visits her Chinese roots and sets the story in Boston's Chinatown. As I live in an area, Vancouver, that has a huge Chinese population and a legendary Chinatown that is both intriguing and mysterious I was ready for the mysteries of Boston's Chinatown. Ger I discovered Tess Gerritsen's wonderful Rizzoli and Isles series last year with the excellent novel Ice Cold. Then of course I started reading the earlier novels so it was a pleasure to go forward with The Silent Girl. In this outing Gerritsen visits her Chinese roots and sets the story in Boston's Chinatown. As I live in an area, Vancouver, that has a huge Chinese population and a legendary Chinatown that is both intriguing and mysterious I was ready for the mysteries of Boston's Chinatown. Gerritsen combines ancient Chinese legends with a middle female martial arts expert who happens to wield an ancient sword to set the stage for an amazing adventure. Iris Fang is the widow of a murdered scholar/waiter and the mother of a missing girl. Nineteen years earlier a murder-suicide of five occurred in Chinatown that tarnishes its image to the present day. Iris's husband died in that restaurant massacre. This is another engrossing thriller from a great writer. I love the twists and turns in the plot. I love how the story concludes. I highly recommend this fantastic crime mystery thriller.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    FIVE SHINING STARS! Tess Gerristen is one of my favourite writers. This thriller proved it once again :) At first I thought, she had to do a lot of research on the topic - Chinese  mythology but than I remembered that actually it's her background. As she mentioned in "The acknowledgements", she was grateful to her mother for the Chinese fair-tales she shared with her, when Tess was a kid.  It's an excellent thriller with twists and turns. Particularly impressive I found the ending... I recommend it FIVE SHINING STARS! Tess Gerristen is one of my favourite writers. This thriller proved it once again :) At first I thought, she had to do a lot of research on the topic - Chinese  mythology but than I remembered that actually it's her background. As she mentioned in "The acknowledgements", she was grateful to her mother for the Chinese fair-tales she shared with her, when Tess was a kid.  It's an excellent thriller with twists and turns. Particularly impressive I found the ending... I recommend it highly to any thriller fans! 

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I've read and mostly liked the previous novels in the Rizzoli/Isles series - some more than others. This is competently executed crime fiction, with both police procedural and thriller elements. The forensic aspect of the series - represented by the character of Dr Maura Isles - plays less of a part in this novel. This was a plus for me, because I'm rather tired of detailed autopsy descriptions. I am also rather tired of Dr Isles' tortured and soap opera-y love life. Jane Rizzoli is an interesti I've read and mostly liked the previous novels in the Rizzoli/Isles series - some more than others. This is competently executed crime fiction, with both police procedural and thriller elements. The forensic aspect of the series - represented by the character of Dr Maura Isles - plays less of a part in this novel. This was a plus for me, because I'm rather tired of detailed autopsy descriptions. I am also rather tired of Dr Isles' tortured and soap opera-y love life. Jane Rizzoli is an interesting character, but not as interesting as she could be in this novel. Other characters are sketched in fairly lightly. It's fair to say that there's not a great deal of character development. The Chinese mythology element in the novel is quite well done and gives an interesting twist to the plot. However, the plot itself is not without its problems. For example, some elements of the resolution are less than believably explained. (view spoiler)[ Just how did the perpetrators start their killing spree?? (hide spoiler)] . However, readers who have major issues with implausibilty should probably find some other genre to read. In my view, the ability to suspend disbelief is a required skill for a reader of crime fiction. The novel is set in Boston. I guess some Boston locations are mentioned, but the scene-setting made little impression on me. I don't get a strong sense of place from Gerritsen, in the way I do from Denis Lehane (who also sets his novels in Boston), George Pelicanos (Washington) or Karin Slaughter (Atlanta for her most recent novels). It feels like I am damning this novel with faint praise. That's a bit unfair, because I did like it. I just didn't love it. That said, when the next novel in the series is published, I will almost certainly read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    Published: 05/07/2011 Author: Tess Gerritsen Recommended for: fans of Rizzoli & Isles I think that the Rizzoli & Isles series is one of the best there is. It is incredibly well written which captures the readers attention and keeps hold of it, it pace of the book keeps up all the way through meaning that there isn't a dull moment. This is the 9th book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone book you don't have to read the whole series in order. It is a great thriller that will make you end Published: 05/07/2011 Author: Tess Gerritsen Recommended for: fans of Rizzoli & Isles I think that the Rizzoli & Isles series is one of the best there is. It is incredibly well written which captures the readers attention and keeps hold of it, it pace of the book keeps up all the way through meaning that there isn't a dull moment. This is the 9th book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone book you don't have to read the whole series in order. It is a great thriller that will make you end up gripping hold of the book wondering what will happen next and if Rizzoli & Isles will solve the case. A really great book to read with great characters and descriptions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Another awesome installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series! Tess Gerritsen has an amazing ability to thrill and scare you, every time she puts pen to paper! A ghost tour was winding it's way through Chinatown in downtown Boston late one night, the tour leader taking the group into a dark alley, when suddenly a child, who had been whinging about it being 'boring', let out a scream! They all thought the bloodied hand was a prop for the show, until it was looked at closely, then they all started sc Another awesome installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series! Tess Gerritsen has an amazing ability to thrill and scare you, every time she puts pen to paper! A ghost tour was winding it's way through Chinatown in downtown Boston late one night, the tour leader taking the group into a dark alley, when suddenly a child, who had been whinging about it being 'boring', let out a scream! They all thought the bloodied hand was a prop for the show, until it was looked at closely, then they all started screaming, and running from the alley! When Detective Jane Rizzoli arrived on scene, she made her way up to the rooftop of a nearby building, and found the owner of the hand, a young woman clad in black, with her throat slashed so deeply that her head was almost severed. Working with Maura Isles, her and Rizzoli started digging into the past, and discovered a connection to a nineteen year old murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant, which left five people dead. It was a crime scene that the detectives who had worked the case said was the most horrifying and gruesome they had seen in a long time. But Iris Fang, the one woman connected to the massacre who is still alive, and is a brilliant and beautiful martial arts master, knows a secret that lives and breathes in the darkness of Chinatown! Will Rizzoli and Isles be able to stop the evil that has killed before, and will kill again, before it's too late? The thrill of the chase, the evil that lurks in the shadows, will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to put this book down until you reach the final fullstop!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link Group Read 2011 Boston's Det. Jane Rizzoli (Dr. Maura Isles is rarely mention), the story is good, but the character list is long & may get confusing. It starts present day, investigation of a rooftop murder in Boston's Chinatown. Jane & her partner Det. Frost find the location was where the Red Phoenix Restaurant "massacre" - a 19 year old crime scene occurred. Crime logs listed 5 people killed: Joey Gilmore (Irish mafia), James Fang, Arthur(husband) & Dina Mallory Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link Group Read 2011 Boston's Det. Jane Rizzoli (Dr. Maura Isles is rarely mention), the story is good, but the character list is long & may get confusing. It starts present day, investigation of a rooftop murder in Boston's Chinatown. Jane & her partner Det. Frost find the location was where the Red Phoenix Restaurant "massacre" - a 19 year old crime scene occurred. Crime logs listed 5 people killed: Joey Gilmore (Irish mafia), James Fang, Arthur(husband) & Dina Mallory(wife) by Wu Weiman (the cook, who committed suicide). 19 years ago, the massacre crime was not solved, Jane & Det. Frost are asked by parents/spouses to find who is sending them obituaries' anniversary notes each year? Their research starts, 9 bullet casings were found, people only heard 5 shots & Wu used 2 on himself? That rules out suicide. Before the case occurred, they found a list of missing girls occurred. When the story lists the person sending the obituaries, it is a complete surprise. Next a family's daughter explains where the missing girls are & identifies their murderers involved in the massacre...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    my absolute, absolute, absolute favourite of tess's! (and this has nothing to do with my asian heritage) feeling a love i cant quite put into words right now. this book, for me, contained just the right elements - the suspense, the twists, the action.. everything. tess added just enough clues in the story (hidden in the details - just as i like it) for you to play whodunnit, but threw in twists to throw you off your game, only to serve with an ending that i did not anticipate. also, the tension? my absolute, absolute, absolute favourite of tess's! (and this has nothing to do with my asian heritage) feeling a love i cant quite put into words right now. this book, for me, contained just the right elements - the suspense, the twists, the action.. everything. tess added just enough clues in the story (hidden in the details - just as i like it) for you to play whodunnit, but threw in twists to throw you off your game, only to serve with an ending that i did not anticipate. also, the tension? between maura and jane? perfect. to the t. i loved maura's headstrong refusal to see things any other way than black and white, and janes' surprising tender and understanding nature when it came to the, well, situation. it just goes to say, as good friends as jane and maura are, justice and science do not always look eye to eye. oh a side note, did anyone else pick up on the similarties between this novel and girl with a dragon tattoo? things i didnt like? all those romance-y bits (not really a fan of maura and brophy) felt a little ill-contrived, but thats just me and my skepticism.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl

    Tess has once again written a compelling mystery and woven all the threads in a beautiful tale. I felt Rat (who we met in the previous book, ICE COLD) played an important role in this story. My favorite Rizzoli & Isles novel is The Keepsake (book 7 in the series); my second favorite in the series is ICE COLD (book 8). I think The Silent Girl ties with Vanish (book 5) as my 3rd favorite :-) Body Double is a good one too... Oh Hell, they are all so damn good because TESS GERRITSEN is AMAZING!!!! Joi Tess has once again written a compelling mystery and woven all the threads in a beautiful tale. I felt Rat (who we met in the previous book, ICE COLD) played an important role in this story. My favorite Rizzoli & Isles novel is The Keepsake (book 7 in the series); my second favorite in the series is ICE COLD (book 8). I think The Silent Girl ties with Vanish (book 5) as my 3rd favorite :-) Body Double is a good one too... Oh Hell, they are all so damn good because TESS GERRITSEN is AMAZING!!!! Join us in the Tess Gerritsen Fans Group on Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/2... We have discussion threads on this & other Gerritsen novels. We feature a title as a group read every two months.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I've wanted to read a Rizzoli and Isles book for a long time and now that I've read my first one, I will be reading more. I liked this book. It was creatively done. There was always something new happening, and some new clue given. It was a fun read. I also liked the characters. Rizzoli had a bigger role than Isles. I'm not sure if that is normal, but it all seemed to work well together. I also liked the ending....even though it had a red bow. It was perfectly suited to the story. I've wanted to read a Rizzoli and Isles book for a long time and now that I've read my first one, I will be reading more. I liked this book. It was creatively done. There was always something new happening, and some new clue given. It was a fun read. I also liked the characters. Rizzoli had a bigger role than Isles. I'm not sure if that is normal, but it all seemed to work well together. I also liked the ending....even though it had a red bow. It was perfectly suited to the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I really enjoyed this one and I like how a Chinese Fable was part of the story too. It was very fast paced and even though you might have figured out who the gray monkey was, you probably didn't know the why. This book featured Jane more than Maura. Maura was in the book but only once in a while. We did get to see a glimpse of "Rat". I think that he was a nice introduction into the series and I can see where he might have more of a story in books to come. I do think the books just keep getting be I really enjoyed this one and I like how a Chinese Fable was part of the story too. It was very fast paced and even though you might have figured out who the gray monkey was, you probably didn't know the why. This book featured Jane more than Maura. Maura was in the book but only once in a while. We did get to see a glimpse of "Rat". I think that he was a nice introduction into the series and I can see where he might have more of a story in books to come. I do think the books just keep getting better and better. I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars This month’s TBR prompt, catching up on a series, took me in something of a non-romance direction. As I contemplated my little wall of TBR, I realized my series-avoidance of the past few years had left me with only a few that needed catching up. Since I’ve been loving the Rizzoli & Isles books by Tess Gerritsen, I decided to jump into that world again. My TBR read for February was 2011′s The Silent Girl. The mystery running through this book takes readers on an unforgettab B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars This month’s TBR prompt, catching up on a series, took me in something of a non-romance direction. As I contemplated my little wall of TBR, I realized my series-avoidance of the past few years had left me with only a few that needed catching up. Since I’ve been loving the Rizzoli & Isles books by Tess Gerritsen, I decided to jump into that world again. My TBR read for February was 2011′s The Silent Girl. The mystery running through this book takes readers on an unforgettable journey. The discovery of a grisly murder scene in Boston’s Chinatown takes Jane Rizzoli on an investigation that leads her back not only to past crimes, but also gives readers an interesting look at Chinese mythology and at the Chinese community in Boston. This is a group about which I am largely ignorant, and I found the background information every bit as fascinating as the story. The basic gist of the story is this – the Chinatown murderer left behind few clues. However, the little bit Maura Isles finds at autopsy leads directly back to a murder-suicide that occurred in a Chinatown restaurant nearly 20 years before. The only known witness with a connection to the events is a local martial arts instructor whose husband died in the massacre, and whose own life is more than a bit mysterious. This is a partial review. You can find the complete text at All About Romance: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=18450

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