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The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

The Silent Girl is the latest installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.  I have since finished this book and moved on to another good one that I'll be reviewing probably next week.  This was a very satisfying installment in the series, and it had a bit of a surprise twist in the true identity of one of the supporting characters.  Considering the role this particular character played in the book, it makes me wonder if he will also make an appearance in the next book in the series.

Before I move on to the review, I want to share some exciting book news.  Fallen, Karin Slaughter's newest book has finally arrived here at the library.  People.  I CAN BARELY CONTAIN MYSELF.  I still have about half of a book left before I can start Fallen.  I think I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

A Jane Doe's cleanly severed hand turns up in a Chinatown alleyway in Boston, and Rizzoli is called to investigate.  A police search finds the rest of Jane Doe atop the …

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is Ransom Riggs' debut novel.  After reading the book in its entirety I can only say that what started out with such promise, ended in a blaze of mixed feelings.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  The ending leaves several issues unresolved and is more of a beginning than an ending.  While the jacket blurb makes no mention of this being the first book in a potential series, the ending makes it clear that there must be at least one planned sequel.

Jacob's grandfather told him fantastical stories about the children he grew up with in an orphanage on a remote island off the coast of Wales.  There was the girl who could create fire with her bare hands, the boy who was filled bees, and the levitating girl among others.  When Jacob stopped believing the stories, his grandfather stopped telling them.  Years later when Jacob's 15, his grandfather dies suddenly and with his last words he sends Jacob on a journey to discover the s…

The Glass Demon by Helen Grant

The Glass Demon is Helen Grant's follow up to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, a book previously reviewed on this blog back in June.  The Glass Demon is every bit as gripping as Grant's debut, starting from the killer first lines.  Demon is a dark and sinister, modern myth, and, like its predecessor, takes place in Germany.  Grant is expert at evoking the claustrophobia and clique-ishness of small town life where locals close ranks against outsiders and rumors and gossip fly like nobody's business.

In the wake of a career setback, Lin's father uproots the family from their home in England and packs them off to the remote German countryside to spend the year living in a rundown castle in the middle of a forest.  When the family arrives, they come across an old man lying dead in an orchard, the ground around him littered with shattered glass, and when Lin's father refuses to report the corpse to the police, the reader knows this cannot bode well.  Indeed the family…

Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton

Now You See Me is S.J. Bolton's newest release.  I've been waiting since the last one I read which means I've been waiting nearly a year.  It's been a long, hard wait.  Then it finally FINALLY dropped and then... the library's copy took a month to get here from Amazon.  A MONTH!  I refrained from asking after it every day even though I wanted to.  But when it arrived it came with two or three other titles I really wanted to read so I'm willing to forgive because it brought friends.

I must say that Now You See Me was worth the wait.  My immediate feeling after reading the last chapter was that it was Bolton's best novel yet.  And now I have to wait another year for the next one.  This was a very quick read.  The action starts literally on the first page, and it's very hard to put down.  It's thrilling, suspenseful, frightening, and disturbing.

Detective Constable Lacy Flint is thrown into the middle of a bloody murder scene when a terrifying and dang…