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The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritse


A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a coastal village in Maine — and to a string of unsolved murders — in this dark and sexy novel of psychological suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.  

In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace … until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.

Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century.  One night, Ava confronts an apparition who looks and feels all too real, an apparition who welcomes her into his world — and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits.  But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work?  A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?


People are complicated, Ava. What you see isn’t always what you get.

I have read a couple of Tess Gerritsen’s medical thrillers and was pleasantly surprised with this gothic paranormal mystery. 

Ava, a cookbook author, is running from her demons in Boston to the small town of Tucker Cove, Maine where her demons truly come to life in a 150-year haunted house named Brodie’s Watch. 

Ava’s tragic secret from a New Year’s Eve party has triggered her to get as far away from her sister Lucy as she can. When rumors of ghosts become a pleasurable and frightening reality, Ava learns the body of the previous tenant of Brodie’s Watch has been found. In fact, she learns there have been several bodies of women found in Brodie’s Watch. Is there a killer in town or is there something more menacing that lives in the house?

Ava’s character is well-written. She comes to Maine as a broken woman who drowns her grief in drink, but after escaping a harrowing attempt on her life, she reconciles with her sister on her own terms and publishes one of her best cookbooks yet.

Ms. Gerritsen’s descriptions of the beautiful coast and fine foods of Maine are wonderful. She mixes beauty with terror quite well which is why she is an international bestselling author.

Thank you to Ms. Gerritsen for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Tess-GerritsenTess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers Life Support, Bloodstream, Gravity, and The Surgeon. Tess lives with her family in Maine.

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