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The Shape of Night
The Shape of Night: A Novel | Tess Gerritsen
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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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ScrappyMags
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I‘m not a romance fan and this was kinda like that... for a while. Then my interest grew as I started to wonder about narrator reliability and what other possibilities could exist... full review at ScrappyMags.com

Reecaspieces I agree with your review...totally. There is just something about it that keeps you reading. 4d
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Jemgirl2014
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Thank God this was a short one! The main character is unlikeable and the entire plot is predictable. Also, I feel like the story is suffering from an identity crisis. Is it a ghost story or is it a murder mystery? Honestly, I could have dealt without the paranormal element since it is executed so poorly by the author. This is the first book I have read by Gerristen and I think it will be my last. 😞

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Reecaspieces
Shape of Night | Tess Gerritsen
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Review is up on my blog. This is not your usual Tess Gerritsen. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/10/20/the-shape-of-night-by-tess-gerritsen-tessger...

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ScientistSam
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I thought this would be an atmospheric gothic mystery like Du Maurier's Rebecca, but instead it turned out to be a ghost story with a really transparent mystery. I knew by page two what had happened to the previous tenant, while the big reveal didn't happen until halfway through and I was supposed to be surprised.

The ghost story may appeal to some but it's not what I pick up a Tess Gerritsen for.

Not sure why I actually finished the book...

Reecaspieces I enjoyed this one. And I agree with your synopsis too 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️. I figured it out but I could not stop reading it. 😂 1mo
ScientistSam @Reecaspieces I'm glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
robinb I had issues with this one too. 🙃 3w
ScientistSam @robinb very much not a standard Tess Gerritsen 2w
robinb @ScientistSam Thanks for sharing that as this was my first exposure to her writing. 👍 2w
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Booknerd2
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So not what I was expecting!!! A ghost story? Romance? Suspense? Murder mystery? You decide for yourself after you read it!!! I‘m glad I read it in October!!!

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Lel2403
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I‘ve been a fan of Tess Gerritsen‘s books for years and love the Rizzoli and Isles series. The Shape Of Night is something completely different. Ava is running away from guilt. She decides to rent a large home in Tucker Cove, a small town on the cost of Maine, at first she‘s intimidated by the size of the house, but once inside she feels the house wants her to stay. What is Ava running from? And who is the dark figure she sees from a distance

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robinb
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OK, this book was not what I was expecting. But to be honest, I had no preconceptions as I did not read the blurb about it. 😆🙄🤭 Based on the cover, I assumed it was a thriller (which it was), however it was also a ghost/entity story and a murder mystery with some BDSM thrown in for good measure (nothing too graphic). 😳🤔 Needless to say I was a bit surprised. While the writing/story was fine, ⬇️

robinb I didn‘t really connect with any of the characters (Ava was even a bit annoying) and was able to guess the outcome fairly easily. Not really my cup of tea. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2.5/5⭐️ #NetGalley @penguinrandomhouse 2mo
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robinb
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This is a new-to-me author...any fans out there? Coming out 10/1

#coverlove 💜

@penguinrandomhouse #BallantineBooks #NetGalley

KathyWheeler I like her, but I‘m not familiar with this book. 2mo
robinb @KathyWheeler 👍 I‘m finding that it‘s not really what I thought it would be. 😳 2mo
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