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review 2020-05-22 17:20
Kein klassischer "Gerritsen-Thriller" und für mich leider eine wahre Enttäuschung...
Das Schattenhaus - Tess Gerritsen

Ein altes Kapitänshaus, mysteriöse Vorkommnisse und zudem noch ungeklärte Todesfälle.. „Das Schattenhaus“ von Thriller-Königin Tess Gerritsen ließ zunächst einmal wieder viel Nervenkitzel und Spannung erhoffen. Doch für mich persönlich war es eher eine Enttäuschung - und zudem definitiv kein klassischer Gerritsen-Thriller.

Die Food-Autorin Ava zieht an der Küste Maines in ein altes Kapitänshaus, in dem es vom ersten Tag ihres Aufenthaltes an zu spuken scheint. Es erscheint ihr des Nachts der Erbauer des Hauses, Kapitän Brodie – der eigentlich seit rund 150 Jahren tot sein müsste. So weit so gut, entwickelt sich der Roman meines Erachtens genau wegen dieses Plots in die falsche Richtung. Die Story erinnerte mich weniger an einen packenden Thriller, sondern vielmehr an Schmachtfetzen aus der Sado-Maso-Sparte à la „50 Shades of Grey“… Leider überhaupt nicht mein Fall. Fessel- und Sexspielchen hat die Autorin meiner Meinung nach wirklich nicht nötig für ihre eigentlich immer äußerst stimmigen Thriller, denen es an Spannung nie mangelt. Authentische Charaktere, ausgefeilte Plots mit Nervenkitzel auf allerhöchstem Niveau und atmosphärische Schausplätze.. Auch „Das Schattenhaus“ hatte grundsätzlich viel Potenzial, doch Tess Gerritsen ist hier zu früh falsch abgebogen. Eine Hauptfigur, die dem Alkohol sehr zugetan ist, sich von einem Geist oder was auch immer verführen lässt, sich in ihren persönlichen Dramen verliert.. Zudem unglaubwürdige Inhalte und wenige schlüssige Verläufe. Schade, vielleicht wäre ein wenig „Mystery“ noch passend gewesen, doch die wenig authentischen und eher langweiligen Charaktere, sowie zu viele unnötige Sexszenen stampfen das Potenzial meiner Meinung nach ein. Für mich wie gesagt eine Enttäuschung, deshalb nur 1 Stern.

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review 2018-12-11 09:36
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
The Surgeon (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #1) - Tess Gerritsen

This book has Rizzoli but no Isles but it still has the same kind of Gerritsen thriller.

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review 2018-09-28 22:05
Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen
Presumed Guilty [With Earbuds] - Tess Gerritsen,Jennifer Van Dyck

 

This book is from a group of books that Gerritsen wrote for Harlequin's Mira line. It is a romantic suspense story from 1993, and boy does the age show; had I not been listening to this on audiobook, it would have been a DNF.

 

Miranda, a twenty-nine year old with the social and emotional intelligence of a twelve year old, just broke up with her married boyfriend/very rich boss. She quit her job and thought about packing up her house and moving away because it is too hard on her to see him around their small Maine town. He calls one night and tells her it's over with his wife and he wants to see her - as in he is on the way to her house and there is nothing to stop him. So Miranda leaves her house  - UNLOCKED!!!! - and walks down to the beach/shoreline so as not to be home when he comes. After two hours, she makes her way home to find her former lover stabbed to death in her bed. Obviously, because the police officers in this rural town are stupid assholes, immediately arrest her for his murder. Chase is the now dead guy's brother and the black sheep of the family. His sister-in-law calls him home. Chase and Miranda work to figure out who is framing her and why. 

 

I gave this two stars because it was a well-plotted, well-written mystery. This was a stupid, and emotionally stunted romance storyline. The romance unfortunately takes a lot of the time/page space, but that mystery kept me hanging on - and I totally didn't guess the real murderer right. But Miranda and Chase do belong together, if only to spare anyone else being in a relationship with their sorry asses. 

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text 2018-09-28 18:28
Friday Reads - September 28, 2018
The Siren - Kiera Cass
Presumed Guilty - Tess Gerritsen
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Kiss Me Hard Before You Go - Shannon McCrimmon
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Croc's Return (Bitten Point Book 1) - Eve Langlais
Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Graphic Novel - Julia Laud,Heather Brewer,Tony Lee

My AF library is losing subscriptions to a number of databases/ebook services due to budget issues at USAFE HQ, so my Halloween Bingo list went to crap. I had hoped to use much of my library's eboo/digital audiobook stock to get my card to black out, but now I am combing through my own books to replace those that I lost access to.

 

This week I DNF'd two books for Halloween Bingo (Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and In the Woods by Tana French). I have an alternative for the carnival square, but I am just not cut out to read Noir, so I am leaving this square blank. I've read The Siren by Kiera Cass (Drowning Deep square) last week and Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen (Diverse Voices), so reviews to follow.

 

This weekend is the our Cub Scouts pack's Rain Gutter Regatta, and the kids and my husband had a lot of fun building their boats for tomorrow. On Sunday, I am pulling babysitting duties for friends' so they can have a kid-free trip to the Harry Potter Studio tour, the last "To Do" item on their UK list before they move back to the States next month. 

 

So this weekend's/upcoming week reading:

1. Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities)

2. Kiss Me Hard Before You Go by Shannon McCrimmon (Creepy Carnivals)

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Grimm Tale)

4. Croc's Return by Eve Langlais (Shifters)

5. Eighth Grade Bites by Tony Lee et al (Dead Lands)

 

I have Seduction in Death (#13) for the Unlucky 13 square and Leverage in Death (#47) by JD Robb for the New Release square on request/wait list at the library. Fingers crossed they come into my possession sometime this week.

 

Continued good luck to those participating in Halloween Bingo and Happy Reading to all!

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review 2017-11-22 17:33
hints at paranormal
Playing with Fire - Tess Gerritsen

Intellectually I knew that there had been Jewish people in Italy during the Second World War and that the Nazi's had taken over, for all intents and purposes, but it never really occurred to me that Italian Jews were sent to death camps, of course they were, I had just never truly realised it.

 

I'm not normally a huge fan of audiobooks but this was perfect as an audiobook. There was music intertwined in the story, as there was in the story being told, when there's musicians and mystery pieces of music, audio is a useful medium.

 

The story starts with a violinist, Julia Ansdell, discovering a piece of music in a book she finds in a small Roman antiquities shop.  As she starts to play the piece she realises that it has layers.  However strange things seem to be happening around her daughter after she starts to play. She's afraid that the piece is affecting her daughter. Haunted by her mother's insanity she has to try to keep herself together to find the truth behind the piece.  At the same time there's a story of a lutier family and a gifted magician and the tragedy of being Jewish in Italy during World War II.

 

There are some suggestions of paranormal during the story but most of it is simply explained in ways that somewhat left me feeling cheated.

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