The Silent Girl : Rizzoli and Isles

  • by Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by Tanya Eby
  • Series: Rizzoli and Isles
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Great Story

As usual, a great murder mystery. This time it is speckled with some of the mystical elements of ancient martial arts, and something possibly otherworldly to add to the spice of the conundrum. Maura is a low-key character again, which always disappoints me. I love Jane, but I wish Ms. Gerritsen would allow Maura to play a larger role in her novels. I suppose as an ME it might be normal to only see her when she is performing an autopsy, but I always enjoy it when her character is woven into the story. Also, as usual, a TERRIBLE narrator AGAIN! This one has to be one of the top two worst of all, and I have listened to almost all of her books now. I don't know why Brilliance Audio can't seem to find a narrator that is not only great for the stories (and someone who can emulate a real Bostonian accent - not sound as though they are from Queens!) but it would give the Rizzoli and Isles books some continuity that is sorely lacking. Going from book to book it would be nice to hear that familiar voice who you have come to know as Rizzoli or Frost, but they are all just terrible. In this one, Frost sounded as though he was talking through his nose, or had a really bad cold every time he spoke. It was awful. I can't punish the book for a terrible narrator, so my star rating doesn't reflect that, but Hey! Brilliance Audio! Get with the program!
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- Joanna "Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!"

Pretty good story - Poorly read.

The central story here is a pretty good mystery, although I had it pretty well figured out long before the end. It's really a Rizzoli story with almost no Isles. There is a side story with Maura Isles that refers back to a previous book and has absolutely nothing to do with the current mystery, and goes absolutely nowhere. It seems to be included just to have Maura in the book.
The narration is very disappointing - to the point that I have downgraded my rating from what could have been a 4 in the hands of a more competent reader. Tanya Eby's interpretation of the text and her voicing of the characters was enough of a distraction to prevent me from really getting into the story - her voices for the male characters were especially bad. I will have to pass on downloading books with her as the reader in the future, even for titles I would otherwise consider.
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- Janice "Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio