Today’s book review is the new release by Tess Gerritsen, I Know A Secret. It is the 12th book in the Rizzoli and Isles series. Gerritsen hasn’t released a Rizzoli and Isles novel in 3 years. And I have to say it has been well worth the wait!!
In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman’s body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but are unable to find an immediate cause of death.
Their investigation leads them to a high profile 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’s hiding something.
Tess Gerritsen never lets us down. After waiting 3 years for the next book, I can honestly say it was well and truly worth it. Gerritsen never fails to disappoint. She is up there with the genius writers of the world in my opinion.
This book’s case brings up old thought and feelings that Maura thought she pushed away and out of her life. This case brings two people into her life that she worked really hard to leave in her past. The first person being her biological mother Amalthea Lank who is serving a prison sentence for committing a large number of murders, the second being Father Daniel Brophy, Boston PD’s Chaplin and Maura ex-lover/boyfriend. (they never really got the chance to ever label their relationship) With the introduction of these people back into her life, she definitely finds it very difficult to deal with their relationships. Along with dealing with her personal life, her work life becomes difficult for her when she can’t find an immediate cause of death. This case seems to have caused a very tough time for Maura.
Rizzoli’s family has also made an appearance throughout the Rizzoli and Isles series. In this book, we see about of the Rizzoli family personality. We have seen Frank Jr be a rude, lazy smartass who acts just like his Father. We see Michael try to be like his Brother and Father, but seems very quite and probably doesn’t want to be like them, but feels the Italian family burden to be a tough guy. We see Angela, a woman who loves her children with all her heart and would do absolutely anything for them. She was your typical “Italian Mama”, she made sure her husband and children were feed and looked after, she began to forget about herself. At the beginning of the series, Angela was tossed aside when Frank Sr left her for a “blonde” he worked with. When Frank Sr was dumped his realised all of a sudden he wanted Angela back. Angela took him back, being that “Italian Mama” who wants to have that ideal perfect family environment. In this book we finally see Angela stand up for herself and fight for what she wants and needs to be happy in life. She finally realises that Vince Korsak, the retired cop, who is a good friend of Jane’s, is what will make her happy, but will it be too late?!
Gerritsen really draws you in with this case. (I do know I say that with every Gerritsen book I review, but it’s true each time.) It’s very rare that I feel like I’m working alongside Jane and Maura. I am going through each character with them and trying to figure how each are possibly involved, who’s telling the truth and who’s hiding something from the police. I don’t want to go into too much detail on this one because it really would be giving too much away and it may cause some unintentional spoilers. I don’t want to ruin it for you. Let’s just say Gerritsen, in her usual fashion, explores a very different subject in relation to the way the victims were killed.
Pretty much with any book that I read, I will always recommend. I never read a book not worth reading. You will never get a bad recommendation from me. I can probably count on one hand, the books that I have read, that I did not like or enjoy. So I highly recommend “I Know A Secret”, you will not be able to put it down!!