SECOND OPINION: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

Review published on August 12, 2017.

Tess Gerritsen has brought back her fabulous crime-fighting duo of Rizzoli and Isles, cleaning the streets of Boston up one crime at a time. What makes Rizzoli and Isles thrillers so great? Easy! Gerritsen’s clever plotting and the medical knowledge are second to none, her characters have depth and the writing is outstanding – the prose just draws you in.

I Know A Secret is proof why her books are eagerly anticipated as you know you are going to have a roller coaster ride of a thriller, with more twists and turns than an average game of twister. There is such brilliant imagery in Gerritsen’s writing, she is able to bring the pages alive, and the reader feels as if they are part of the investigation team on one side, and inside the mind of the killer on the other.

A call out to a murder scene at a house which is decorated with horror movie posts, and where the victim has been staged in a particular way as if sending a message. With no obvious cause of death, they need to get further but neither Isles or Rizzoli can see what this body is telling them. With clues to the murder not clear, they need something that will point them in the right direction, and it is the religious element of the murder that might just send them the right way. It is when they discover that their murder is not the first with ritualistic overtones do they now know what to look for.

As their investigation continues it leads them to a 20-year-old case and a released prisoner, who is now clearly looking for revenge. Only one woman knows that the killer is coming for her and who it really is, but she knows the only way to stay safe is to keep her mouth shut and not talk of events from twenty years prior. Will that be enough to save her? She certainly hopes so and she certainly does not want Rizzoli to know the truth as her life depends on it.

This is suspense at its best, where the reader is taken on a ride of their life, that will leave them breathless. Once you start I Know A Secret you certainly will not want to put the books down as it is gripping and shows Tess Gerritsen to be at the top of her game. Read this and you might not look at some saints in the same light again.

Paul Diggett 5/5

I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen
Bantam Press 9780593072455 hbk Aug 2017

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