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Saturday, August 27, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Silent Girl (A Rizzoli and Isles novel) by Tess Gerritsen

The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5

The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles NovelSummary: The body of an unknown woman turns up mutilated on a roof top of a building in Chinatown and Jane Rizzoli and other detectives from Boston are called in to investigate. With probing, they find out this death is actually related to a crime committed 19 years before this one. The Red Phoenix Restaurant was shot up and the killer was determined to be the cook; after killing everyone in the restaurant, he killed himself so no one could truly determine the real cause. However, things aren't adding up. The waiter's daughter went missing two years before the killings, and two restaurant patrons that were murdered had their daughter disappear two years after. And it seems that a retired detective that worked the Red Phoenix case thought things weren't adding up either as he reopened the case and later ends up dead himself. Of course, there also remains the case of the mysterious monkey creature that seems to appear at many crime scenes and even saved Rizzoli's life.

My thoughts: I haven't really read any of Gerritsen's long stories in the Rizzoli and Isles series so I wasn't too familiar with her work. However, I wasn't disappointed with this book. It's very well written. It has the perfect balance of description and moving along with the plotline so the story never really gets boring. There is also a nice balance between police detective work and forensic evidence from Dr. Isles to wrap up the mystery neatly and nicely.

Also, another really great thing about this book is that it doesn't give away important plot twists until right before the character reveals their knowledge about characters or events themselves. There were several times in this novel I didn't come to the conclusion that I knew the truth until right before it was explained to me. Also, the wrap up at the end revealed an aspect that I didn't see coming. I think too many novels make things wrap up too easily, revealing everything too early so it becomes a chore to read, but not this book. It's a great read and a nice way to keep up with the characters Rizzoli and Isles if you hate waiting for the TV show on Monday nights. My only real complaint I suppose, is I expected more action from Rizzoli in the climax of this novel. It was a bit disappointing. 

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