The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen – review.


If the walls could talk . . . they’d tell her to leave. Now.

When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

About the author

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

My thoughts

I’ve read many a crime book by this fantastic author so when I saw that she’d written a spooky book, I had to read it. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a ghostly read, especially one in the haunted house sub genre and this one didn’t disappoint.

Brodie’s Watch is definitely an atmospheric location, one with a sea view and a past that would make anyone shiver on entering. I loved the house description, and Hannibal the cat was a delightful character addition. Food played a central part as main character, Ava is a food writer and the descriptions sometimes had my mouth watering too. I enjoyed the deep connections of Ava’s own closet skeletons to the house. Guilt and shame were strong themes throughout.

I had a full sense of the small town community, from the historical society to the art exhibition. From the local shops to the rental agency. The whole town felt authentic and real, definitely a place that sounds delightful to visit. The underlying mystery of the last tenant also kept me gripped, along with the ghostly and romance elements. There is much to appreciate and enjoy about this fantastic supernatural offering and I’m so glad I read it.

It’s spooky, frightening, romantic, atmospheric and mysterious. If you’re looking for an element of the otherworldly dished up with your mystery, then this is definitely your book!

Thanks for reading!

Why not check out one of my other reviews? Maybe you’ll find your perfect read.

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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