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The Silent Girl

(Rizzoli & Isles #9)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  35,286 ratings  ·  1,943 reviews
Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both.

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, her head nearly severed. Two
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 2011)
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been on a Tess Gerritsen tear, having just completed my seventh Gerritsen thriller of the year. The Silent Girl is the ninth book in the highly regarded Rizzoli & Isles series, and ranks up there as one of my favorites so far. It is fast-paced, suspenseful, and intriguing.

It starts off with a bang – or, I should say, a “whoosh”! Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost are called to the scene of a murder in Boston’s Chinatown, where they find a severed hand. When they find the victim, they s
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a riveting mystery that I found hard to put down. I read it in two days. It starts with the discovery of a severed hand and a gun in an alley, and then a body w/o a hand on a roof. The dead woman was dressed in black and had no id--all suggesting a professional killer. The car belonging to the dead woman is found and it has a handheld GPS with two addresses--a martial arts academy in Chinatown and a retired Boston police detective, Lou Ingersoll. Detectives Rizzoli and Frost soon fin
Detective Jane Rizzoli and ME Maura Isles are called to a crime scene in Chinatown where a severed hand was found in an alley that eventually led to a female corpse on the rooftop of one of the adjacent buildings. Clues are scarce but eventually lead them to a 19-year old case where five people died in an apparent murder-suicide at a restaurant there in Chinatown. Also connected are two teenaged girls who are tied to the victims and disappeared shortly before and after the massacre.

I was drawn
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great “Vacation 2020” book!

I love how these mysteries just get better with each book. Not only does Gerritsen deepen our insight into her co-leading characters’ lives but her mysteries have become more interesting, more layered, and slightly less procedural.

I loved all the Chinese mythology that serves as the fascinating foundation for this haunting tale. This one hit close to paranormal without jumping the shark— something that can be difficult if not handled well.

Only missed that fif
Paige  Bookdragon
*Everybody was kung fu fighting*

I like this book better than the rest. Some kick-ass vigilantes are starring and I love learning more about Asian myth and culture.

Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Silent Girl is book 9 in the Rizzoli & Isles series and I think this book maybe one of the best in the series. Usually the deeper into a series you get the quality of writing and story plots gets worse but not this time.

While I believe for the most part this series should be read in order. The Silent Girl can be read as a stand alone and you would still enjoy it just as much.

The Silent Girl has little of everything action, family secrets, Chinese American history and strong fearless women.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Why has it taken me so long to get back to this series am asking myself the question Tess Gerritsen is the madam of this genre & she has all the right moves to keep the reader glued to every page.

The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen was a very atmospheric read Set in China Town a young woman is found in an ally with her hand missing & decapitated Jane Rizzoli enlists the help of Johnny Tam to help find out how she died as he knew the ins & outs of the China Town district.

Years earlier a mass killi
"How many bodies are lying here, she wondered. How many silent girls who will finally be able to speak?"

This is the ninth book in the Rizzoli & Isles series and I have read all of them. It seems there is a bit of supernatural themes in these books and this one was no exception. During a guided tour of Boston's Chinatown a young boy finds a severed hand. Still dripping blood. The police are called and Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost respond. During the search of the area they find a woman
Sam Blake
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All day I have been watching the girl.

What an impressive opening line…the best crime starts with a great hook, and this one drags you straight in by the hair.

When a hand is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, Geritsen’s brilliant detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to a nearby rooftop and finds the hand’s owner – a woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply that her head is severed. The murder of this woman with no ID links to a horrifying murder suicide that happened nineteen years earl
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
The Silent Girl is book nine in the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner Detective Frost caught a case in China Town. A body was found on the top of a restaurant that has been closed for twenty years after five people were killed. At first Detective Jan Rizzoli and Detective Frost thought this case was straightforward and easy to finish. However, this was not the case. The readers of The Silent Girl will continue to follow the twists and turns in Det ...more
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think I've read all of Tess Gerritsen's books, and this may be her best yet. By using her Asian heritage and more over-the-top humor and risks, she's produced a book that has almost a graphic novel feel, but sits well on her Rizzoli & Isles shelf at the same time.

After finding a dead woman with a severed hand on the roof of a building, Rizzoli & Isles find themselves following an invisible killer out of Chinese folklore--and an equally invisible and implacable hero from the same source. The de
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4! This R & I case was very well done! Had me on the edge of my seat until the pieces started to fit together...about the midpoint...Am I the only one to get a comic book vibe here??? Well done! ...more
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Paula  Phillips
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are like me then you are a huge Tess Gerritsen Fan and have or been dying to get your hands on her latest The Silent Girl - I know I have. It's been months since I first put my name on the waiting list at the library but it has finally arrived and I read it in one day :). The Silent Girl features three different time periods. The first is Nineteen years ago , when it was said that a Chinese cook named Mr. Wu went on a killing spree in a Chinatown restaurant and murdered five people and th ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was a little concerned before I started to read The Silent Girl, that now that I've been watching Rizzoli and Isles, I'd picture the actress' as opposed to the picture I had made in my mind of Jane, Frost, and Maura. I'm glad that when I started reading, my character's that I see in my head were still firmly there. I enjoyed the book very much. I liked learning more about China Town and Chinese legends. Jane hasn't changed much. Maura's a mess. IT seems to me, that this many books into the ser ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen! This is number 9 in her Rizzoli and Isles series and it didn't disappoint. It was fast moving, suspenseful and I found myself staying up late at night so I could find out what happened next. This particular book features Rizzoli more so than Isles and although both characters are interesting, I especially love Rizzoli's attitude and spunk!! This particular book took place in Boston's Chinatown and I really enjoyed reading about that neighborhood and the subseq ...more
Kaje Harper
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-m-f, mystery
Tess Gerritsen writes excellent, complex and well-plotted mysteries with a police-procedural bent which are right up my alley. This is no exception. While part of a series, this book could work as a stand-alone although you would miss some of the past events that drive character interactions. The only thing keeping this book from really hitting five stars for me is that there is just a little coolness to the writing style. I don't feel the characters' emotions quite as deeply as I would like. Th ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Tess Gerritsen's wonderful Rizzoli and Isles series last year with the excellent novel Ice Cold. Then of course I started reading the earlier novels so it was a pleasure to go forward with The Silent Girl. In this outing Gerritsen visits her Chinese roots and sets the story in Boston's Chinatown. As I live in an area, Vancouver, that has a huge Chinese population and a legendary Chinatown that is both intriguing and mysterious I was ready for the mysteries of Boston's Chinatown.

Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tess Gerristen is one of my favourite writers. This thriller proved it once again :) At first I thought, she had to do a lot of research on the topic - Chinese  mythology but than I remembered that actually it's her background. As she mentioned in "The acknowledgements", she was grateful to her mother for the Chinese fair-tales she shared with her, when Tess was a kid. 
It's an excellent thriller with twists and turns. Particularly impressive I found the ending...
I recommend it
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, audio, mystery
Characters from previous stories, and an interesting mystery in Chinatown combined to make this another good installment in the series!
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction

I've read and mostly liked the previous novels in the Rizzoli/Isles series - some more than others. This is competently executed crime fiction, with both police procedural and thriller elements. The forensic aspect of the series - represented by the character of Dr Maura Isles - plays less of a part in this novel. This was a plus for me, because I'm rather tired of detailed autopsy descriptions. I am also rather tired of Dr Isles' tortured and soap opera-y love life. Jane Rizzoli is an interesti
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tess Gerritsen/thriller lovers
Another awesome installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series! Tess Gerritsen has an amazing ability to thrill and scare you, every time she puts pen to paper!

A ghost tour was winding it's way through Chinatown in downtown Boston late one night, the tour leader taking the group into a dark alley, when suddenly a child, who had been whinging about it being 'boring', let out a scream! They all thought the bloodied hand was a prop for the show, until it was looked at closely, then they all started sc
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, re-read
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Boston's Det. Jane Rizzoli (Dr. Maura Isles is rarely mention), the story is good, but the character list is long & may get confusing. It starts present day, investigation of a rooftop murder in Boston's Chinatown. Jane & her partner Det. Frost find the location was where the Red Phoenix Restaurant "massacre" - a 19 year old crime scene occurred.

Crime logs listed 5 people killed: Joey Gilmore (Irish mafia), James Fang, Arthur(husband) & Dina Mallory
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
my absolute, absolute, absolute favourite of tess's! (and this has nothing to do with my asian heritage)

feeling a love i cant quite put into words right now. this book, for me, contained just the right elements - the suspense, the twists, the action.. everything. tess added just enough clues in the story (hidden in the details - just as i like it) for you to play whodunnit, but threw in twists to throw you off your game, only to serve with an ending that i did not anticipate.

also, the tension?
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Tess has once again written a compelling mystery and woven all the threads in a beautiful tale. I felt Rat (who we met in the previous book, ICE COLD) played an important role in this story.

My favorite Rizzoli & Isles novel is The Keepsake (book 7 in the series); my second favorite in the series is ICE COLD (book 8). I think The Silent Girl ties with Vanish (book 5) as my 3rd favorite :-) Body Double is a good one too... Oh Hell, they are all so damn good because TESS GERRITSEN is AMAZING!!!!

Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I've wanted to read a Rizzoli and Isles book for a long time and now that I've read my first one, I will be reading more. I liked this book. It was creatively done. There was always something new happening, and some new clue given. It was a fun read. I also liked the characters. Rizzoli had a bigger role than Isles. I'm not sure if that is normal, but it all seemed to work well together. I also liked the ending....even though it had a red bow. It was perfectly suited to the story.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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, her head nearly severed. 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 the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel.

Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown res
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 05/07/2011
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Recommended for: fans of Rizzoli & Isles

I think that the Rizzoli & Isles series is one of the best there is. It is incredibly well written which captures the readers attention and keeps hold of it, it pace of the book keeps up all the way through meaning that there isn't a dull moment. This is the 9th book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone book you don't have to read the whole series in order. It is a great thriller that will make you end
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one and I like how a Chinese Fable was part of the story too. It was very fast paced and even though you might have figured out who the gray monkey was, you probably didn't know the why. This book featured Jane more than Maura. Maura was in the book but only once in a while. We did get to see a glimpse of "Rat". I think that he was a nice introduction into the series and I can see where he might have more of a story in books to come.

I do think the books just keep getting be
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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

Other books in the series

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  • The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1)
  • The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles, #2)
  • The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)
  • Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4)
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  • Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles, #10)
  • Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11)

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