And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. In a story that moves from deserts of Mexico to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D. She knows everyone thinks Christina is dead; that people say Christina ran away to escape her controlling mother. But Christina would never do that, and Julia will never give up on finding her. Christina was a difficult child. Did this girl share a secret with Christina?
If Julia finds out, could she get her daughter back? Put some time away for this book. It has all the ingredients for a terrific psychological thriller… Loved the unpredictable ending. Read it today! I loved it… Had some wow moments where I held my breath for a second. And that ending was just fabulous. A really great book that deserves five stars! Her Pretty Bones is such a whirlwind of a story, it keeps you captivated and guessing until the end. Loved it! I finished it in a day. Legendary Navajo policeman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn takes center stage in this riveting atmospheric mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman that combines crime, superstition, and tradition and brings the desert Southwest vividly alive.
Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact—a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. His investigation takes a sinister turn when the leading suspect dies under mysterious circumstances and Leaphorn himself receives anonymous warnings to beware—witchcraft is afoot. While the veteran detective is busy working to untangle his strange case, his former colleague Jim Chee and Officer Bernie Manuelito are collecting evidence they hope will lead to a cunning criminal behind a rash of burglaries. Their case takes a complicated turn when Bernie finds a body near a popular running trail.
The situation grows more complicated when the death is ruled a homicide, and the Tribal cops are thrust into a turf battle because the murder involves the FBI. As Leaphorn, Chee, and Bernie draw closer to solving these crimes, their parallel investigations begin to merge. Days filled with white sand, turquoise water, and fruity drinks are the only thing on the agenda.
But which one resorted to murder? When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth, of assassination and infiltration, and grows from a frightened child to a Ghost nightfighter, a woman who can face the most terrible foes and prevail through boldness and cunning.
When prostitutes turn up dead in Phoenix, not much attention is paid. But when a pattern of disturbing murders is discovered, the local police soon realize a serial killer is on a rampage and they are in way over their heads. Given the unique nature of the crimes, the FBI, called in, knows they will need their most brilliant mind to crack the case: Special Agent Riley Paige. Riley, recovering from her last case and trying to pick up the pieces of her life, is at first reluctant. But when she learns of the grievous nature of the crimes and realizes the killer will soon strike again, she is compelled.
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She begins her hunt for the elusive killer and her obsessive nature takes her too far—perhaps too far, this time, to pull herself back from the brink. She learns that, even amongst these women, there are glimpses of hope, hope being robbed by a violent psychopath. But what she discovers leads her to a twist that is too shocking for even her to imagine. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE CRAVED is book 3 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Filled with the rich characterization and exceptional drama that are his hallmarks, Mortal Prey proves that John Sandford just keeps getting better. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed—even at the risk of death.
Electricity ran down her spine. Jess had seen marks like this before a long time ago. Two other bodies have been found, both bearing the same marks. As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is discovered, and they fear the serial killer is taunting them. Do not miss it! I absolutely fell in love with Jess Bishop … I can't wait to get my hands on the next book … Kierney Scott is clearly one of if not the best crime thriller authors of our time. My kind of female character Kierney Scott kept me guessing the whole way through and made me gasp when the pieces all started to fit together.
I'll definitely be coming back for book two! Bring on book two and let's see what else life can throw at this FBI agent. This book has everything what I want in my book. With a love of strong red wine, an attitude to kick ass and a slight sex addiction, I absolutely loved Jess Bishop. After hitting a creative slump following the success of his debut novel, Hoagy has found inspiration again. When the police call to ask if he knows the whereabouts of a man named R. Could this be some sort of act of revenge?
Could it be a member of their order? Or a serial killer, hunting priests with a far more diabolical motive? And this new killer is more sinister than most, and will push her, in his deadly cat and mouse game, to the very brink of her own sanity. A girl named Belinda Rose…. Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered.
As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken? Do you love unputdownable crime thrillers that keep you up all night? Then this gripping rollercoaster ride, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, will have you totally hooked! Totally captivating from beginning to end… Highly recommended. It reels you in from start to finish. There's plenty of shocks, twists and turns to keep you hooked…. I can't praise it enough and it deserves a lot more than five stars.
This is the book that wow was meant for. So many wonderful twists. Stayed up till 3am to finish it. If I could I would award this book six stars. One of my favourite reads of this year so far. I immediately turned back to page one to read it again when I was finished… An emotional powerhouse… Best. An absolute 5-star read! There is nothing that this book does not offer from suspense, crime, love, and characters that become a part of your life. Right from the start it was fast paced and full of action and suspense… That ending, oh wow! Read it in one day -- I just had to keep going From 1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.
As the stakes are upped and the pressure is on, the Boston Police Department is forced to call in its most brilliant—and most controversial—homicide detective: Avery Black. Avery, still reeling from her last case, finds herself up against a rival precinct and a brilliant, cunning killer who is always one step ahead of her. She is forced to enter his dark, twisted mind as he lays clues for his next killing, and forced to look into places in her own mind she would rather not go.
And just as things cannot get any worse, she finds out something else: she herself may be the target. In a game of psychological cat and mouse, a frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, CAUSE TO RUN is book 2 of a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side, so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success.
A serial killer is killing victims with rapid speed, and in each crime scene, he leaves an unusual signature: an hourglass. Amidst intense media pressure, and in a frantic race against time, FBI Special Agent Riley Paige is summoned, with her new partner, to crack the case.
A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE BURIED is book 11 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. After lying dormant for 10 years, an elusive serial killer strikes again, leaving few clues—and the only way for FBI Special Agent Riley Paige to catch him in the present is to solve the riddles of the past.
Women are turning up dead, and in this dark psychological thriller, Riley Paige realizes she is in a race against time. The murders of the past were too perplexing to be solved back then. Can Riley solve them 10 years cold? And connect the dots to the present-day crimes? When Riley finds her personal life in crisis, playing cat and mouse with a brilliant psychopath may just be too much for her.
Especially since there is something that is just not sitting right with this case…. As days pass, more local women vanish without a trace. Jade and her team of detectives fear the worst. Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents.
In this epic adventure that jumps between present day and the tumultuous times of the Vietnam war, mystery fans are in for a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of bestselling author Tim Dorsey. A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling — same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.
Women are being murdered in upstate New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders—and the lack of any clues—there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige. Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her.
Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her own job on the line and her own family a target, and with her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her—and too late. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE TAKEN is book 2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book 3 in the Riley Paige series is also now available! In this thrilling entry in Edgar Award finalist Paul Doiron's bestselling series, a deadly attack on one of Maine's last wild wolves leads Game Warden Mike Bowditch to an even bigger criminal conspiracy. Meanwhile, she must race to stop a killer in a new case that leads her deep into suburbia—and to the brink of her own psyche. The key to her survival, she realizes, lies in deciphering her past—a past she never wanted to face again. Book 4 in the Jessie Hunt series will be available soon.
The first in a gripping new series by Paula Munier, A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists, introducing a wonderful new voice for mystery readers and dog lovers. Grief and guilt are the ghosts that haunt you when you survive what others do not Was this a random murder? The work of a serial killer? Can they find the girls in time? And does Kate, haunted by her past, still have the ability to solve cases as she used to? What is the connection? And can Kate redeem herself, and solve it before it goes cold again? The front door is open.
Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl. But then her perfect family starts to fall apart. The suspense and tension was amazing. Oh that ending, you just wait for that ending! This is a book that messes with your head as I told a friend earlier! Image zoom. Continued on next slide. Replay gallery. Pinterest Facebook. Up Next Cancel. By Sarah Weldon. Share the Gallery Pinterest Facebook. With nothing linking the two victims, Rizzoli and her team try to find anything that might prove similar, finding a scrap of something in their funeral attendees.
When Isles mentions the cases to a close personal friend, he makes the sweeping suggestion. Might these killings be tied in that both victims were killed in a way by which certain Catholic saints met their demise? Rizzoli cross-references the murders and makes some disturbing parallels, only further exacerbated when she makes another connection between them from decades past.
Could there be a degree of retribution at play here and, if so, how might they locate the next victim? Meanwhile, Isles must come to terms with the realisation that her birth mother, Amalthea Lank, is a sadistic serial killer whose days are numbered as she suffers with end-stage cancer. Forced to come to terms with her feelings on numerous levels, Isles must face the reality that this is the last connection to her bloodline, real or adopted. As the case heats up and suspects emerge, Rizzoli and the rest of the Boston PD Homicide DIvision race to find a killer with deep-seeded resentments, but nothing is quite as it seems.
Gerritsen returns to her former glory with this captivating piece that taps into the depths of the cat and mouse game found in superior police procedurals. Series fans will surely be pleased to see the caliber of writing is back and the plot is filled with twists to keep the reader guessing. I was a fan of the television programme when it aired as well, though did find myself trying to place the two protagonists into a small box as I watched or read, which might have hampered my ability to enjoy the characters in these two mediums.
The banter between Rizzoli and Isles usually proves the most interesting aspect of the novels, working together and yet in their own sphere to solve these murders. What some might consider the greatest secret of all is how Gerritsen took a series that was beginning to turn stale and breathe new life into it. I was forced to play a little mental catch-up to reacquaint myself with the characters not helped by the alternate development made on television before I could feel entirely comfortable with the larger plot, remembering how I skimmed through the lesser quality novels preceding this one.
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Gerritsen does well to pace this story and keeps the reader wondering, while plucking breadcrumbs from the early narrative to spin wonderful branch-offs throughout. These literary forks in the road serve to advance the story and keep the reader unsure what awaits them. While some past novels fell flat, Gerritsen seems to have found her groove and one can hope this will continue for as long as the series remains an active project.
Kudos, Madam Gerritsen for a wonderful novel that keeps the reader guessing and shows that you have not lost your writing spark. Nov 09, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: books. I know this was a good read because I finished it in one afternoon and evening! It was too interesting to put down! I enjoyed the way the book was written from different POVs as it was nice to get into the head of one of the key players as well as knowing what Maura and Jane were thinking.
I was a little annoyed that no one thought to look at the victim's pasts as the school link seemed pretty obvious to me, but that is only a tiny criticism. As usual Tess Gerritson delivers an exciting murder mys I know this was a good read because I finished it in one afternoon and evening! As usual Tess Gerritson delivers an exciting murder mystery with lots of clever police work and some very interesting forensic science. Well worth a read especially if you are already a Rizzoli and Isles fan. View all 5 comments.
Aug 16, Sarah Joint rated it really liked it. This is my first Rizzoli and Isles book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have seen a few episodes of the tv show, so in my head I'm picturing those two characters as the talented and lovely actresses who portrayed them. It really added something to the experience of the book, the ability to picture them so vividly. I Know a Secret absolutely works as a standalone. It's quite impressive how the author fills you in on little details of the history of the characters without doing it in an overly obv This is my first Rizzoli and Isles book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It's quite impressive how the author fills you in on little details of the history of the characters without doing it in an overly obvious way that could annoy readers who have read the entirety of the series. I really enjoyed my introduction to book Jane, Maura, and their cohorts. Their relationships with their family and co-workers seem to be well-developed. I wish we had gotten more of Maura's chilling biological mother, but I think I would find that in earlier books.
One more reason to look into this series more! The body of a young, promising horror film producer has been found lying peacefully in her bed. At first glance, you might not even notice something was amiss That's a brutal message to send Or is the killer mocking the young woman's taste in feature films and fledgling career, emulating the bloody posters she had framed and hung in her house? This first death is chilling enough, but it's not long before they find another victim staged in a highly unique way.
Medical examiner Maura Isles finds both victims were subdued in the same manner, and Detective Jane Rizzoli connects the two victims and thinks she may have the killer in their sights We also get a prospective from a young publicist, who may be in danger from the murderer but seems exceptionally unconcerned. She's hard to figure out, but endlessly entertaining. Digging up old cases from twenty years ago, searching for connections, and trying to keep some semblance of a normal personal life Great characters, great plot.
This wasn't a five star for me because I predicted quite a few things and my interest started to wane a little bit towards the end but it picked back up. Solid four stars. My review is honest and unbiased. View all 12 comments. Or the perfect society wife with the syringe of heroin and a needle still embedded in her arm. Jane does the 3. Jane does the policing, Maura the scientific evaluation. A macabre killing followed by another macabre killing has them puzzled. Is there a connection and if so what? As they question and investigate, they find a possible link to an older murder.
Points of view change with various chapters narrated by them or by another character. Holly works in PR, promoting the ghosted autobiography of a popular actress. No dinner, no date, no need to rack their poor little brains for topics of conversation. Jane has a small child, and Maura visits her evil, estranged biological mother in hospital, which deeply affects how she views the grim facts of this case. Her kindly adoptive parents Mr and Mrs Isles , have died, so she's got no family support. Her mother says Maura has inherited her interest in death autopsies, etc from the dark side of her mother's nature.
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She sure hopes not, but it's a frightening thought. Perhaps it is more enjoyable for those familiar with the back stories of Rizzoli and Isles. I really enjoyed her stand-alone mystery Playing with Fire a couple of years ago, and you might, too. Despite some thrillingly gory deaths inventively used, this book felt formulaic and lacked any real tension. The family drama was all stuff we'd seen before and the main plot, while having a solid foundation in the mix of child abuse scandals, moral panic, and psychological testing, failed to live up to its promise thanks to the hugely unsurprising and unsatisfying ending.
It's good enough to fill a few hours, but it's not her best, and I wouldn't rush out to get it. ARC via Netgalley. View all 8 comments. When medical examiner Maura Isles was called to the murder site, homicide detective Jane Rizzoli was already on the scene. The sight of the young woman, lying as though peacefully sleeping was only broken by one thing — and that was horrifying… When the autopsy was conducted, Maura could find no cause of death — and her puzzlement was to continue with a second victim discovered only a few days later.
His staged body was decidedly grim When medical examiner Maura Isles was called to the murder site, homicide detective Jane Rizzoli was already on the scene. His staged body was decidedly grim; but once again, she could find no apparent cause of death. The suddenness of the revelation that connected the cases had Rizzoli and Isles scrambling for facts. The circumstantial evidence was strong — the actual proof; the evidence they needed to convict — was missing.
And when another woman who could well turn out to be the next victim refused their protection, Jane and her team struggled to know what to do next. Would the secrets and lies being held tightly to the chest of one particular person be brought to the surface before it was too late? Or would there be more deaths before it was all over? I have no hesitation in recommending this fast paced, intense thriller to all fans of the genre. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.
Jul 09, Gary rated it really liked it. This is the 12th full length novel in the popular Rizzoli and Isles series by author Tess Gerritsen. I enjoy both the novels and the TV series but although there are a lot of similarities the books in my opinion are so much better. Like most series the more you read the more familiar you get with the characters and 'Rizzoli and Isles books are no different, each character is so much more interesting once you get used to their manerisms.
In this novel a young woman's body is found in a house decor This is the 12th full length novel in the popular Rizzoli and Isles series by author Tess Gerritsen. In this novel a young woman's body is found in a house decorated with horror movie poster. 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. But she has a secret that she has to keep.
A very good read that is well paced,full of twists and away from the plot has a good balance of family issues. Another success and probably the best book in this very good series for a while. View 1 comment. Aug 17, Daniel Balici rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , kindle , psychological-thriller-mystery , tess-gerritsen , cover-made-me-read-it.
However, I am happy because it seems that Tess Gerritsen has no intention of ending the novel series at the moment. I Know a Secret features the well known eponymous characters police detective Jane Rizzoli and her colleague and friend, medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. Initially, the two are faced with an interesting and odd homicide case: a horror film producer is found dead in her apartment with her eyeballs cut and placed in the palm of her hand.
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The problem is that Maura cannot determine the cause of death as there are no obvious signs of the manner in which the perpetrator committed the murder. Subsequently, Jane and Maura are examining another bizzarely staged crime scene. This time the victim is a man and his body was stabbed with arrows. The two murders appear connected and lead the Boston PD homicide unit to a notorious case of child abuse and presumed child abduction which took place 20 years ago. In addition to the homicide cases that must be solved, some chapters focus on the personal lives of the main characters: the complicated relationship between Maura and her dying and villainous mother Amalthea Lank who featured for the first time in Body Double ; the on-again, off-again relationship between Maura and her love interest, the Catholic priest Daniel Brophy; the funny drama of the Rizzoli family; the romantic reconciliation between Frost and his ex-wife, Alice.
In I Know a Secret , Tess Gerritsen proves that she is well versed not only in forensic medicine and police procedures, but also in filmmaking, religious symbolism and child psychology. This type of description unquestionably abounds in I Know a Secret , as well. While I definitely enjoyed and quickly read this 12th installment, I found the mystery and the twist and turns of I Know a Secret a little weaker and less thrilling as compared to some previous books of the series, such as Last to Die or Die Again.
Due to this, I am going to rate Tess Gerritsen's newest novel at 4 stars instead of 5. View all 6 comments. And, the connection between the victims leads them to a notorious case dating back twenty years. I really liked that this was the type of story where you had no choice but to follow the superb procedurals as the subject wa Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles are called to a gruesome murder site of a horror movie filmmaker.
I really liked that this was the type of story where you had no choice but to follow the superb procedurals as the subject was that unpredictable. I never would have guessed where it ended up leading, though I had strong suspicions as to the who in the story. It was a fascinating case that just got more exciting as it progressed to a thrilling climax. I had just as much invested in those storylines as the main one. View all 4 comments. Holly has seen Dr.
Jane Rizzoli on Boston's TV news which allows her to recognize them when seen in the story in many chapters. The Stanek parents died in jail. Cassandra 26 found dead holding her eyeballs - was killed Dec 13 - correlates to St. Lucy of the blind. Timothy 25 killed Dec 24 by 3 arrows - St. Next: 3. Billy 31? Vitalis was buried in the ground. Lizzie 9 - her skull is found buried for 20 years behind Billy's old house. They don't know the date killed hence cannot associate to Saint.
Holly 27 needs to be protected. Will Martin Starney released from jail kill Holly? What happened to Billy's body? Who buried Lizzie's skull - 20 years ago? View 2 comments. Oct 09, Brenda rated it really liked it.
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Tess Gerritsen writes her characters very well. The two main characters, Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, are true to form as they have been in previous books. Even Jane's family is still in turmoil. Maura's life just might be on the verge of a major change. T Tess Gerritsen writes her characters very well. The murder investigations here are related to past crimes and someone already convicted for them. There are some twists that had me changing my mind a few times, and I happily followed where the author wanted me to go. This was an easy, evenly paced read.
Aug 31, Louise Wilson rated it really liked it. This is the twelfth book in the Rizzoli and Isles series and I have read everyone of them and enjoyed them all. They have also been made into a T. I have not watched the T. Series as I find it spoils the books for me. I like to have the plot unfold in my head and have my own version of the characters, plot etc.
The book is fast paced, tense, cleverly plotted, dark and gruesome read. Tess Gerritsen never disappoints. This book can be read as a standalone but whither you have read all t This is the twelfth book in the Rizzoli and Isles series and I have read everyone of them and enjoyed them all. This book can be read as a standalone but whither you have read all the books in this series or just want to read this one I do recommend this book.
I look forward to reading more in this series or one of her other novels soon.