The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
December 25, 2011
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I am not a faithful reader of the Rizzoli and Isles series, but the couple of book I have read in the series have been good and entertaining. I always thought it was interesting that the author, Tess Gerritsen, is Chinese but you wouldn’t have guess it just by reading her books. Her characters, settings, and plots are all pretty mainstream.
The Silent Girl, the latest Rizzoli and Isles adventure, is bit of a departure in that it is set against the backdrop of Boston’s Chinatown. The plot revolves around a massacre at a Chinese restaurant 19 years ago. At the time, it thought to be an open and shut murder-suicide by the cook who had gone postal, killing 3 patrons of the restaurant and the waiter. But a series of events, beginning with another murder in Chinatown, made Rizzoli and Frost realize what happened 19 years ago may be the key to figuring out what is happening today.
Overall it was an entertaining read. The plot kept you guessing until the end. There were a few good twists and turns. And as usual, Ms. Gerritsen writes with her usual attention to detail. I may have had some preconceptions from watching the TV show. For example, I totally thought Detective Frost was a young black man as portrayed in the show, not a middle-aged white man as described in the books. Detective Korsak is also slightly different in the books than how he is portrayed on TV. These differences are not good or bad, just different. But, there is one difference between the TV show and the books that i wish weren’t different. The best thing I like about the TV show is the interaction and friendship between Detective Jane Rizzoli and ME Dr. Maura Isles. In this book, at least, Maura barely makes an appearance and the interaction between Jane and Maura was quite limited. Plus, by this book, Jane is married with a young child. It just feels like the entire dynamics between Rizzoli and Isles is different. I wish the book gave more attention to “Rizzoli and Isles.”.
But, like I said, the book is still entertaining and an enjoyable read. B+