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    Gothic Mystery

    I'm gonna start off by saying this book was totally different from any other Tess Gerritsen book I've ever read. Ava is hiding from a horrible event that changed everything in her life. She moves to a old house in Tucker Cove, Maine and gets way more than she bargained for. This book is part paranormal, part murder mystery. I love a good ghost story and this book certainly delivers that. It also had kind of a Gothic romance feel to the whole thing.I did not see that ending coming at all. Overall this is another great story and goes to show you whatever Ms Gerritsen writes is a page turner.
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    Edgy Suspense Thriller

    The Shape of Night is the perfect title for this edgy suspense thriller with a touch of the paranormal. This book will gently hypnotize you with its provocative pull into a world filled with personal conflicts, a bit of gothic romance, family drama, and a seductive spectral element. The Shape of Night is the first book by Tess Gerritsen that I have read and look forward to reading more from her. Our heroine, Ava Colette, is running from the painful memories of life in Boston, where she has made a disastrous mistake that has left her life in shambles. She finds a seaside house to rent, Brodie’s Watch, on the coast of Maine. She is trying to forget her life in Boston and finish writing her latest cookbook that is well overdue. Initially, she is uneasy in the house, but she gradually falls in love with the house and everything is going well until the house starts to reveal its insidious secrets. Ms. Gerritsen writes Ava as a strong woman with many flaws, but even with all her faults, she is a likable character. She also thoroughly develops the supporting characters in this book. They add an element that ranges from evilness to goodness. The Shape of Night is well written with a multi-layered plotline. There is a slow build-up of tension and suspense that will keep you turning the pages, and you will not want to put this book down. At the start of this book, I was reminded of a TV show that I watched as a child, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. But that is where the similarities ended. Ms. Gerritsen weaves the perfect amount of ghost story, murder mystery, tension, and just the right amount of eroticism that makes this story sizzle. Overall this was an excellent read, although I did have one problem. I would have liked for the family drama element to be resolved on the page. It was left up to the reader to fill in the blanks. I guess I am just one of those people who like more of an ending and I felt like this one was a little rushed. I am looking forward to reading more of Tess Gerritsen’s books. ***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
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    Outstanding Reading Adventure!

    Wow! Suspense with a side of creepy, Tess Gerritsen delivers plenty of it in The Shape Of Night. This book is well-written with a fantastic cast of characters. Ava is a food writer working on a new book of recipes. Her guilt has driven her to a different state where she rents a house for the summer. Ava's story is full of moments where readers will be telling her, "Don't do it!" There's lots of humor, spice and suspense along with a paranormal twist. I enjoyed reading The Shape Of Night and look forward to reading more from Tess Gerritsen soon. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    A great read!

    After Ava experiences a tragedy in Boston, she decides to seek refuge in an old mansion in Maine. Rumor has it that the house is haunted by Capt. Jeremiah Brodie. Upon moving in, Ave learns that several of the women who have lived in the house have died there. Ava begins to investigate the history of the house and the women who have lived there. Is there really a ghost? If so, how does it relate to the women? It’s a fascinating story. I’ve been a fan of the Rizzoli and Isles series by this author and was delighted to read something a little different from her.
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    Good read

    The ending left me hungry. The story was so well built and going strong that I was expecting more. Some things were left unanswered. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed it and I recommend it!
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