Tess Gerritsen's newest novel, The Shape of Night, will have you hooked at the prologue. In a book that is very different than her other novels, this story takes us on an adventure of a house that appears to be haunted and how the current person renting this house reacts. This story will make you wonder and question what you learn until the very end. I will say that this book is one that you just can't put down. That said, perhaps you should find a well lit area to enjoy this read, because you will be in for a ride of surreal occurrences that will have you a little on edge.
The Shape of Night Prologue
We start with a first person account of a dream about Brodie's Watch. Brodie's Watch is a house that is a main character in this story. The mist is curling around their feet as they stand in the driveway looking up at the house. They know that Death waits behind the front door, but they are still drawn forward because the house is calling to them. Once inside they discover that everything is wrong, and the revelation that they discover in the master bedroom will have you taking a deep breath before you have to keep reading.
Ava is the current occupant of Brodie's Watch, as she has rented it for the summer so she can write her current cookbook. The cookbook is about traditional New England cooking of seafaring families. She is behind deadline, so this house seems to be a great answer for her research, testing recipes and exploring a village that has a lot of history. She is sharing the house with Hannibal, a 26 pound Maine Coon cat . Hannibal is a great hunter and he puts food above all else.
As Ava begins to experience strange events she watches how Hannibal reacts to figure what is real and what may be a result of her turning to alcohol to escape something in her past. Something that is so bad, that she has even cut off communication with her sister Lucy. This is a secret that is too much to bear, but yet one that she can never admit to. As Ava learns about Captain Jeremiah Brodie, and she is visited by him on certain days, she finds that he knows all of her secrets. He uses that power to keep her wanting to stay in the house. A house that he built back in 1861.
This book is full of twists and turns, mystery, and a questioning of what is real and what is made of dreams. The Shape of Night is a book that you will want to add to your reading list. Whether you are a long time fan of Tess Gerritsen, or if this will be your very first time reading her great brand of storytelling, you will be remembering this book for a long time to come. I give this book 5 stars (I'd give more if I could) so I hope you bump it up to the top of your reading wish list.
Disclosure: Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.