This review is going to take a look at the book The Shape of the Night by New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. I received an eArc of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book was released on October 1st–so get out there an read a copy!
This novel is set mostly in a Maine coastal town with some appearances by Boston. Our main character, Ava Collette is a food writer, and while punishing herself she has decided to get away from Boston to test some recipes for her very late book.
The cookbook she is writing is about traditional New England cuisine, so where better than Maine to write!? She finds an old home available to rent of the summer called Brodie’s Watch. It is the former home of a sea captain that perished at sea. At first all is normal, until she begins hearing weird sounds.
Ava becomes all consumed with trying to figure out who is watching her and what is happening. She begins to wonder if it’s her, and the binge drinking to cope with tragedy, or if it’s all real? Who can she trust in this small coastal town where locals fit in and tourists aren’t trusted.
Gerritsen does a great job of writing the story in a way that it could actually be a ghost, or it could be this other more logical option throughout the entire book. Even after finishing the book I was left wondering–but was the ghost real? The story instills a real feeling of being right there the entire time. I felt like I was by the ocean in Maine. I drooled over the recipes Ava made, just like her carpenters. It was an entertaining read and I encourage you to go read it so you can be in Maine too!
Happy reading 🙂
Last October I found myself sitting at the New England Library Association’s (NELA) annual conference, finishing up my lunch and waiting for the speaker to begin. The speaker was Brunonia Barry, author of the Fifth Petal.
Now, I’ll be honest. At this point I did not know who Barry was. As a newly minted librarian, I was not very familiar with many popular authors. In fact, I am still learning about many, and I doubt I’ll ever keep up. But, I sat there intrigued to see where the talk would go. Barry spent much of her lecture sharing with the listeners about life in Salem, and how crazy it becomes around Halloween. She introduced us to her world, and the world of her characters, as the Fifth Petal is largely set in Salem as well.
Being from New England myself I am a sucker for any reading about the Salem Witch Trials. I find learning about the past fascinating, even through fictional stories. Often it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, but I was beyond excited to see the likes of Samuel Sewall and Cotton Mather woven into the family lines of the characters.
The story centers on the sole survivor of a horrific murder 30 years prior. She finds out the woman that saved her from the homicide is actually alive, although she was told otherwise. The rest of the book works to solve the crime from 30 years ago, as well as the murder of a teenager that opened up the book. I really don’t want to give too much away, because I know I hate spoilers.
The next few books I will be reviewing are going to be non-fiction books, and then a Christmas story, just in time for the holiday.
Do you prefer reading reviews of fiction or non-fiction stories? Or maybe you have a book you’d like me to review? Let me know!