The Shape of Night is a paranormal romantic suspense novel from Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles novels that inspired a popular television series.
Brodie’s Watch was built in 1861 by seafarer Captain Jeremiah Brodie. It is said that he still haunts the house in Tucker Cove, Maine. Rumors that are only fueled by the fact that to date every female that has resided in the house has died there.
Ava Collette is a food writer from Boston, renting Brodie’s Watch for the summer, expecting a private retreat where she can write in peace. She soon realizes that Brodie’s Watch is the total opposite of peaceful. She encounters the ghostly apparition of the original builder of the house, Captain Jeremiah Brodie. Ava begins to crave visits from the paranormal entity that may be real or a product of her drunken stupors. She keeps her infatuation with a ghost, that takes shape in the night, a secret, but it’s not the only secret she’s keeping.
The Shape of Night is an interesting novel. It starts somewhat slowly but picks up toward the latter half. The story is essentially a bird’s eye view from the perspective of the central character, Ava Collette. A character I didn’t like at all. She seems to be excessively shallow and unreasonable. Luckily, there are surprising and suspenseful plot twists. Ultimately I enjoyed the novel and rate it 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to readers who enjoy paranormal romantic suspense.
My thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: October 1, 2019