Review – I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51+xK0jL6NLIn a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. 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. She’s the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him.

But she has a secret that she has to keep…


The excitement I felt when I Know A Secret landed on my doorstep for review was immense.  I have been following the Rizzoli and Isles books since about 2005 and I have never missed a publication date.  This is the twelfth book in the series and none of them to date have disappointed.  If you start from the top with The Surgeon and work your way through all twelve,  then you will see how amazing Tess Gerritsen is at spinning a meticulously researched tale.  This is crime writing at its ultimate finest.

Rizzoli is a detective inspector and Isles is a medical examiner.  They work extremely well as a team and bounce off each other in order to get to where they need to be when it comes to solving crimes.  They are two completely different characters; Maura Isles is very intelligent, hidden, and almost shy, whereas Jane Rizzoli is more forceful and definitely the stronger one of the two personality wise.  I love both of them but in very different ways.

The intro left me curious.  It surrounds a lady, yet to be named, who has turned up at the funeral of a girl she knew from school.  This lady doesn’t really need to be there as she hasn’t seen the girl for a very long time, but curiosity has got the better of her and she wants to try and establish if this is an innocent death or if there is more to it!?

Dr Maura Isles has gone to visit her estranged mother, Amalthea Lank, at her nursing home / prison, as she is dying of cancer.  This is following numerous letters received from her mother convincing her to come visit.  Amalthea is a convicted murderer, hence the reluctance from Maura Isles.  The meeting is cut short and Maura swiftly departs but is left with the parting words; “You’ll find another one soon” … is Amalthea referring to a dead body?!

…Maura’s phone rings and guess what; Rizzoli has found a dead body in unusual circumstances.  Is this dead body linked to the seemingly innocent death I mentioned above?!

Gerritsen has produced an excellent police procedural thriller.  You are provided with a fair bit of background info on the existing main characters so that this could definitely be read as a standalone.  This is great news for those of you where just the blurb of this book perhaps takes your fancy.  The suspense that seeps through is intense and you will not find many crime writers that will top the skill that Gerritsen achieves by captivating her audience and taking them on a rollercoaster ride that puts ‘Space Mountain’ to shame.

I would shout from the rooftops if I could as to how amazing Tess Gerritsen is and that everyone should read her books.  Even if it is the last thing you do, give this book a shot as it will blow your mind.  It is out this Thursday so go buy it…

A huge thank you to Tom and Alison at Transworld Publishers for allowing me to have an advanced review copy in return for my honest opinion – I hope you like what I have had to say about it!

My final word: Pulse-pumping!

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