Book Review: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen

New Release

Over the years, the Rizzoli and Isles series has sold millions of copies of books in print, won the acclaim of fans and critics alike, and was the basis for TNT’s long-running hit show which starred Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins says about I KNOW A SECRET: “Tess Gerritsen’s clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places.”

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I enjoyed the Rizzoli and Isles show on TV but hadn’t had time to read the books so when one came up for tour, I was thrilled to read it. In I Know a Secret, someone is killing people and the symbolism is based on how martyred saints died. Not only is this a strange case but it takes some time for them to figure it out.

After some digging, Rizzoli and Frost figure out some things and they think they know who the killer is but do they? It just doesn’t sit well with Rizzoli. It didn’t sit well with me either. The killer was pretty predictable but it was still a good book.

It is kind of fun to read a book that I know the characters from a TV show. I usually like to read the book first but I like being able to picture the characters as they’re portrayed on TV. 

I liked I Know a Secret and I hope I can find the time to read all of the Rizzoli and Isles books.


About the Author

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine. 


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