Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

On a Chinatown rooftop, a nightmarish sight greets detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. A woman's body has been nearly decapitated by an ancient sword and strange, silvery hairs cling to the victim's clothing. When the crime lab identifies the strands as monkey hairs, Jane begins to wonder if the Chinese legend has sprung to life and is now lurking in the dark alleys of Chinatown. After another victim falls under the killer's sword, Jane must delve deeper into the myth of the Monkey King. And when Jane herself glimpses the shadowy creature, even she cannot be sure of that line between truth and legend.


When I was a kid, I loved all things Chinese. The culture, the people, the country and the martial arts most especially. I've been addicted to Jet Li and Jackie Chan movies and even had an accident that resulted on my being admitted to the hospital because I was trying to execute a Jet Li flying kick and ended up breaking my leg. But I'm okay now, it was just a minor sprain according to the doctor. I've learned that it takes a lot of strength to pull out that stunt. I became a fan of Tess Gerritsen when I was in college, The Surgeon introduced me to the world of medical suspense thrillers.

I I like how a medical examiner describes the manner of the persons' death. To be involved with that person with such an intimate way is just profound and a bit disturbing. Who wouldn't get the goosebumps when the author is describing how a person is cut up in many different ways and classify its remains and contents. Eww, right? But Tess's knowledge and passion as a doctor easily turns this gruesome procedure into a whole different light. I actually enjoy learning how a person died. That's what attracted me most about Tess's medical thrillers. Her ability to take me into another part of a person's life even if the person is already dead. Confusing, right?

The Silent Girl starts with a bang when a severed hand was discovered by a group of people who were visiting Boston's Chinatown. Detective Jane Rizzoli finds a woman on a rooftop dressed in black and her head has been cut severely that it's almost separated from her body. The hand was hers... Two silver hairs are the only possible clues found at the scene, these hairs are very unusual and hard to identify. Soon enough, Maura stepped in alongside Jane and they work together to unravel that seems to surround the woman's mysterious death. The connection was a real puzzle, a nineteen year old crime resurfaced that had killed five people in a shooting in a Chinatown restaurant. This information brings a whole new light in the investigation. The widow of one of the victims, a martial arts teacher, is convinced that it was murder and the people who are responsible is still at large...

A real page-turner, once again, Tess Gerritsen managed to give her readers relentless suspense, mystery, action and a bit of Chinese culture and sword making. A must read!

My Rating: 5 Stars

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