The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen

4 Stars from me

Oooof! I loved this book! Though I have to say at times it felt like it was written by a man – all that dripping…

I was quite jealous of Ava renting such a beautiful house in such a beautiful location with all the time in the world to test recipes and write her new cook book.

The story is cleverly wrapped around so many red herrings (sea pun fully intended) and diversions that it is easy to see why Tess Gerritsen is such a hugely popular author.

I loved this book – I read it as part of a book group and am so glad I did as it isn’t the usual thing I would read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is as quirky as it is traditional and it has such a naughty side to it!

I found myself very envious of Ava’s lifestyle and have to say I’d have given living in that house a go myself just to live that life. Although some things would have been a little hard to ignore!

As for Captain Brodie *fans self*…

Blurb: A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet 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 Gerritsen.

Ava 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 noises.

Rumor 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 keep hidden.

Soon 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 questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.


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