THE SHAPE OF NIGHT By Tess Gerritson


We’ve all done things we are ashamed of ……

When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?


Having read previous novels by Tess Gerritsen in the Rizzoli and Isles series. This was something different to what I expected. It’s a stand-alone novel so it doesn’t matter if you have not read any of Ms Gerritsen’s other books. I had thought I was getting a mystery/thriller crime book. But that isn’t the case with this one, so I was a little disappointed that this is more of a romantic suspense with ghosts.

When Ava initially arrives at Brodie’s Watch she takes one look at the outside and tries to tell the agent it’s too big for her, and it’s not what she wanted, as it is quite rundown looking from the outside, she knows there is work still being done? But when the doors are opened she has a big surprise, despite it being very foggy outside, so she cannot see the views, but she likes the inside of the house. She has gone there to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine, she plans on trying the recipes out, and then adding them to her cook book, that she has been working on for months. Ava clearly has a drinking problem spending her waking moments gulping large amounts of alcohol

She is running away, from her past, her sister, and her life and the tragedy that has happened to the family and haunts her every waking moment The problem is the place she is staying in is a haunted house. So if you like ghost stories or the paranormal then this book may be for you. Someone else was due to rent the property but she had packed up and disappeared suddenly, breaking her lease. It seems the owner would rather have someone staying there instead of it remaining empty according to the agent.

Captain Jeremiah Brodie had had the house built 150 years previously, with money he had earned as a sea captain. Unfortunately he never had chance to enjoy the house much, as he was lost at sea along with ship and crew.

Ava feels that the Captains spirit is in the house either that or she is going nuts! Did the Captain die at sea?

The thing I find difficult to read Ava’s so called sexual encounters with a ghost, which just doesn’t work for me.

I give this book four out of five stars, the writing is good it’s just some of the plot line is not my type of thing.

I would like to thank netgalley and Bantam press for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

This boom is released on the 3rd of October 2019


Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit tv series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

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