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4.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 5 4.05 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rizzoli and Isles Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781423392156
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In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil.

Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory.”

    Lee Child

  • “Another great thrill ride…The Silent Girl is one of [Tess] Gerritsen’s best.”

    Associated Press

  • “Gripping…Both women deal with personal and family issues that reveal their humanity and lend credibility to this deft thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2012 Nero Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/20/2014

    " I tried reading this a few times on my Kindle, but it took me downloading it from Audible to really get into it. I'm so glad I finally read it though, because the plot is intricate and there were several surprises. Thankfully the next book in the series is already awaiting me on my audible account! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhina M. Finley | 2/13/2014

    " I really loved this book. My first time reading her Rizzoli & Isles Novel. It was one thoes mystery/crime books that you would carry everywhere with you because its that good. Tess is a Gifted writer. I loved the voice of the character Fang, the place of chinatown and how the story kept building up to the final end.I even loved how she incorporate the ancient Chinese Fables in the mystery. I'm really looking forward to reading more books by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fernanda | 2/11/2014

    " Outstanding, funny, mysterious i love it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/8/2014

    " Great book! I love this series and this book was no exception. Unlike the last book in the series, this one focuses mainly on Jane Rizzoli, although Isles makes definite appearances. What I loved about this was the infusion of Chinese culture and folk lore. Also, Gerritsen kept me guessing as to "who done it" almost til the very end (which is something I appreciate in a mystery). Definitely recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neville Ryan | 2/6/2014

    " Very good, typical Tess, work but with heaps of turns and suspense till the last page.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/5/2014

    " Needed more Maura, but I love Rizzoli enough that I survived :) loved the story and the mystery this time, and LOVED the conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colby | 2/3/2014

    " Gerritsen is a true master at creating a mystery that, even as a seasoned fictional crime reader, you cannot quite figure out. I thoroughly enjoy this series because of this. The twists & surprises keep you guessing, however wrong those guesses may be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/23/2014

    " haven't read others in the series. good, but predictable. would rec for easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Phillips | 1/23/2014

    " If you are like me then you are a huge Tess Gerritsen Fan and have or been dying to get your hands on her latest The Silent Girl - I know I have. It's been months since I first put my name on the waiting list at the library but it has finally arrived and I read it in one day :). The Silent Girl features three different time periods. The first is Nineteen years ago , when it was said that a Chinese cook named Mr. Wu went on a killing spree in a Chinatown restaurant and murdered five people and then shot himself dead , the second is a time period unknown when a girl is being followed and given an important task to avenge the death of her parents and the final timestamp is seven years later when our novel is set and a girl is found dead on top of a Chinatown building. Are all these deaths connected ?? and is Mr Wu , truly innocent ? . As the novel goes along we discover that the set-up of a murder/suicide was not the case and that after the death of the five people , two of their daughters went missing - are the cases connected and if so , who is wanting to remind them of the past and what really happened that fateful night nineteen years ago ? . The Silent Girl does and proves what Tess does best with providing the readers a great thrilling and suspenseful filled read. In other news, we discover that Frost was married to Alice and his now undergoing a separation , Jane is married to Gabriel and has a two and half year old Daughter named Regina , Maura has adopted the houseguest of Rat Perkins who saved her life in Ice Cold and it seems Angie - Jane's mother is about to marry Korsack. Find out all this and more in The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen , a novel worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/15/2014

    " Another great entry in the Rizzoli & Isles series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/15/2014

    " Awesome, awesome, awesome. I loved it. I can't wait to read more books about Tam!!!!! I love how so many characters come back in all of her stories. Tam and Rat and Anthony Sansone and Lily (i think). I wish my favorite writers could write as fast as I can read. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karleene Morrow | 1/10/2014

    " Gerritsen writes well even when the subject matter is grim and gruesome. I'm becoming a real fan of hers but his one I actually could have done without. Too dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/9/2014

    " 3 1/2 stars. I had a lot of trouble getting into this one. I don't know if it was because part of it was written in first person and I couldn't connect. I did enjoy it in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 1/4/2014

    " i find the mysteries ok...but not much more interested in the characters than the tv show "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/18/2013

    " For the genre of detective novel, Gerritsen is always good. This one was interesting because of the link to Chinese martial arts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ashley | 11/25/2013

    " I love Tess Gerritsen! Even though she has written so many books in this series, I never get bored. I'm always gasping at the end because I never see "it" coming. I am a fan of both the shows and the books and love them both. A true fan no matter what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 10/25/2013

    " great mystery; the pacing was great and I got pulled into a few of the red herrings. Obvious some of the characters are from past stories I haven't read, but presented in a way that it wasn't necessary. Looking forward to reading other stories by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 10/25/2013

    " Looking forward to more Tess!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/12/2013

    " This one was a little convoluted for me, but I loved all of the cultural aspects, especially the Chinese folk tale elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/30/2013

    " Great book! Absolutely loved it. Kept your interest from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Vanover | 9/7/2013

    " Very intriging. Adventure entertwined with mysterious Chinese culture. Makes you wonder if some of the happenings are Chinese fables or is it really true? Kept me wondering who the "bad guy" was until the last few pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaz | 7/21/2013

    " I enjoyed it, but I wanted to have more "something" in it. It was not bad. It just was not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/23/2013

    " Really good who done it book. Rizzoli and Isles back on it with this case of a murder which cast shadows on a 19 year old murder case in Chinatown - Boston. real page turner. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/31/2012

    " Not her best work, but definitely better than her last book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Roberson | 12/17/2012

    " Halfway through and I am just loving it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 9/24/2012

    " Asian spirit-like things aren't really up my alley, but she writes a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/15/2011

    " good read a little too much police procedure for my taste but i will keep reading her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/2/2011

    " Another great read by Tess Geritsen. I wish I could rate by halves because I would rate this 4.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 7/7/2011

    " Much, much better than her last book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/7/2011

    " I listened to the audio version of this and I guessed the killer as soon as that character was introduced. It was still fun to listen to and the characters were good, but I was disappointed that I figured it out so early. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory | 7/5/2011

    " Loved the story line; folklore is always fun to read. I wish the B-story had a bit more play, but perhaps that will be developed in the next novel! Cannot wait for more in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleele | 7/1/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It had some interesting twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/28/2011

    " A chilling, thrilling way to pass a hot summer day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 6/19/2011

    " This is the best yet in the Rizzoli & Isles series. The story is entertaining, the characters so real, you feel as if you know them personally. The mystery has a wonderful twist and a very satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/14/2011

    " I really liked this book that I won from the Goodreads giveaway. It is fastpaced and exciting right to the end. I have read Tess Gerritsen's books before and have always liked them and this one was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/9/2011

    " I liked this book, but I am a fan of Tess Gerritsen already and this book was up to her usual standards. I alsolove the Rizzoli and Isles show, so was glad to read this. I have recommended this book to my friends, and anyone that loves a good police thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 6/9/2011

    " This was a book I won on the giveaways here. Loved it. A great story. For me it took alittle longer to read them normally, but it was trying to keep it all together. But it was confusing. It kept it until the end who they are hunting through the book. And I loved that.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 6/4/2011

    " I loved the book. It was a story that kept me wondering and I could not put it down . It was a geat mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.I won this book from First Reads and it was a great read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 6/3/2011

    " Another winner from Tess Gerritsen. Fans of the previous books in this series should jump at this one. I love the tie-in with Chinese folklore. She deftly wove the components together to produce a fantastic, riveting tapestry. "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.