The Shape of Night (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Tess Gerritsen

Ballantine Books, 9781984820952, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

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A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a small, haunted coastal town in Maine—and to a string of unsolved murders—in this explosive novel of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house—until she starts to hear strange noises.

Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with a ghost who looks—and feels—all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden.

Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.

Advance praise for The Shape of Night

“This book reminds me why I love reading. Suspenseful, sexy and soulful, I wish this were a series so I could spend more time in Tucker's Cove. Tess Gerritsen is a writer I look up to!”—J.R. Ward, bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen earned international acclaim for her first novel of suspense, Harvest. She introduced Detective Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon (2001) and Dr. Maura Isles in The Apprentice (2002) and has gone on to write numerous other titles in the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series, most recently The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold, The Silent Girl, Last to Die, Die Again, and I Know a Secret. Her latest standalone thrillers are Playing with Fire and The Shape of Night. A physician, Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

Praise For The Shape of Night: A Novel

Praise for Tess Gerritsen’s I Know a Secret 

“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

“Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“[Tess] Gerritsen writes effortlessly, and this is another stellar entry in the series.”—Associated Press

“A must-read for thriller fans and one of the best works by Tess Gerritsen to date.”—San Francisco Review of Books

“Be prepared for an exciting ride with unexpected twists and terrific writing.”Library Journal