Book Review – “The Silent Girl” by Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles #9)

thesilentgirl  Title:  The silent Girl

Author:  Tess Gerritsen

Series:  Rizzoli & Isles #9

Publisher:  Random House


Synopsis (from  In the murky shadows of Boston’s Chinatown lies a severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed in black, her head nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are homicide cop Jane Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive—a mysterious martial arts master who is now the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.


My thoughts:  One of the reading challenges that I signed up for this year was the Finish the Series Challenge and this Rizzoli & Isles series is one that I identified that I wanted to finish!  It has been quite a while since I finished book #8 in this series – Ice Cold (which incidentally is very, very good as well) – so I embarked on The Silent Girl!  I am so very glad that I came back to this series to finish it up!

I thought this book was fantastic!  I have read the entire Rizzoli & Isles series and I must say, although the others were very good, this one ranks up there as one of my favorites.  I must admit that I was a bit reticent at first as I saw that the book was set in Chinatown, only because a while back I read a book by a completely different author set in a similar location that was very confusing and dragged on.  Not the case with this book!

In true Rizzoli & Isles style, this book featured excitement, suspense, twisting storylines, and great characters!  This book had our favorite characters Rizzoli, Isles, Frost, Gabriel, and the like, but also introduced us to some new characters including Officer Tam that I am hopeful will be featured in future books as well.

The only small question I had about this book was why Isles wasn’t very prominently featured as she normally is.  It seemed her character really took a back seat to Rizzoli in this book and by the end I was wondering where in the world Isles even was.  Perhaps it is simply because the last book – Ice Cold – really featured Isles and now it was Rizzoli’s turn 🙂  I do like when they are both working together and you get to see their great friendship and sense of camaraderie.

Completely not related to the quality of the book per se, but reading this book reminded me why I always like reading the books before I go to see a movie or watch the television show!   As a true fan of this series, I of course have watched the Rizzoli & Isles TV series on TNT and now when I read the books I simply can’t stop from imagining Angie Harmon or Sasha Alexander delivering the lines!  I must say that their characterizations on the TV show are spot on, which is not often the case.

Overall, a great, fast read filled with suspense, mystery, fast-paced action, and interesting character twists!  A must read!

And remember

Books Are Life,



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