Random House UK, Transworld Publishers
03 Oct 2019
Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders–in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.
Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house–until she starts to hear strange noises.
Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks–and feels–all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden.
Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.
Today I have a review for one very surprising book. This read is probably my biggest surprise this year. It comes from the writing pen of one of my favourite authors, Tess Gerritsen. I must confess that I was expecting another Rizzoli & Isles book and was very excited about it, and could not even imagine reading a book about ghosts. However, my favourite author is very good at what she does, and no matter what she writes, it turns out to be a very good book, even if the writing style is very different than usual.
Ava Collette is a cookbook writer who tries to finish her latest book. She did something in the past, feels very quilty about it and tries to escape in the small coastal town. The house of Captain Brodie seems like the perfect choice. But from the very first moment she and cat enter the house, strange things start to happen. Ava starts to feel and see things that simply can’t be explained. Even the cat is scared. But, what she is scared the most is the shape in the window she sees at night.
Ava does some research about the house. It turns out that the previous tenant left in hurry leaving personal things behind and no one knows where she is. Some twenty years ago, a teenage girl died in an accident in this house. Women who owned this house died in suspicious circumstances.
Something very suspicious is going on here.
Ava does see something. She feels something in the house. But is it her guilt about her past, is her own mind playing with her? Or something very real is lurking her? Maybe someone very real, very human.
As I mentioned previously, this book is the biggest surprise for me this year. The gender, the writing style, everything is very different from what I know that comes from the writing pen of Tess Gerritsen. I was even asking myself, did I start the right book on my kindle? But even if it is different, I liked it. I know that Halloween is right around the corner and this paranormal thriller is right on time. I liked the story, I liked how the ending turned out, I liked the mystery and spookiness surrounding the house. Not my usual reading genre, but I had a good time with this book. So, if you are looking for a spooky read for Halloween, don’t look any further. Just don’t expect Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles to come and save you. Enjoy reading!