Review: I Know A Secret by @tessgerritsen @TransworldBooks

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In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death. Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two victims is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets? One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep . . .

While I definitely haven’t read all Rizzoli & Isles books, I read a handful of them many years ago (checking Goodreads I couldn’t even remember which ones) and watched some episodes of the TV show. I remember really liking the books (and the show, although it was really different) and so when I Know A Secret popped up on my radar, I couldn’t resist.

This is one of those books that you could easily read in a sitting. I know I did! I had plenty of time to dive into a gripping story and I Know A Secret proved to be fast-paced, full of dialogue and simply unputdownable. If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining book that keeps you completely engaged, look no further, because this is it. Tess Gerritsen really knows how to grab you from the very first page.

The case was intriguing and featured all those ingredients we look for in a serial killer novel: the mysterious connection between the victims, a dark secret from the past, a mysterious woman who’s hiding something, and a couple of likely suspects… What more could you possibly ask for?

The plot was well-crafted and I never lost interest, the pages flew by. And while I’m perfectly aware that this is not a book that you could label as “original”, I believe it’s a great mystery nevertheless. I was so wrong about my suspicions… you can’t even imagine. And it had also a psychological angle that I quite enjoyed reading about.

So would I read the next in the series? Absolutely. Rizzoli’s family was another favorite storyline and I can’t wait to know more about Maura and her complicated life.

ARC, Transworld Books, 2017

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

19 thoughts on “Review: I Know A Secret by @tessgerritsen @TransworldBooks

  1. Great review! I haven’t started this series yet, but it has been on my radar… You’ve definitely made me want to pick up one of the books now. Good to hear you enjoyed it!

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    1. This one was a solid mystery! This time I was so sure I knew who it was that I didn’t even think about the others. If you think about it, it wasn’t that hard, it was just that I was SO WRONG haha

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  2. I’ve never heard of this series, but I know exactly what you mean you say this book isn’t ”original”, but you liked it anyway. I’m the exact same way! Sometimes authors know what works and when they put their own spin on it, it totally works for me.

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  3. I’ve never read Tess Gerritsen before, but I might have to try her some day. Right now I’m buried in books, LOL! I don’t need my mysteries to be super original, just entertaining and somewhat plausible/realistic!

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  4. I also haven’t read any of her books, but I have Bloodstream on my Kindle, though I think it’s a standalone. Sometimes being “original” isn’t important so long as it’s done well, and it sounds like this one is! 🙂

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  5. I’ve watched a few episodes of the TV series, but as wee all know books are so much better. It’s always great when the ending surprises you. Nice review, Annie.

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