Wow this book completely blew me away as I had NO idea what was going to happen. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be way off on my observations. If you haven’t read the first paragraph, you can read it here.
***Spoiler alert. -Sorry I can’t do this without revealing some of the book.
My original observations are in black with the update in red.
1. Straight up creepy, right? It sounds as if chapter one is from the perspective of a killer/dangerous person. At first, I thought it was a prologue and I had to go to the table of contents to make sure it wasn’t. This killer knows his prey. He calls her Asian at first, but then narrows it down to Chinese. Next, he tells us her age, seventeen. Finally, he knows that she’s a street kid and that she has not been put to the test. —I’m not going to reveal how much of this is wrong because it’ll ruin the whole book and I don’t want to do that. But I can say that dangerous person is right and that it is NOT a male, but a female. Mostly wrong on this one.
2. He wants to put her to the test. It’s evident that he doesn’t consider the guys with the “hungry stares” dangerous, when he says, “Faced with a real threat, how would this girl react….” He considers himself the real threat. —Mostly wrong again. The person does want to put her to the test, but he (she) isn’t the real threat.
3. The storyline is going to be about the person stalking the girl and the girl will be one of his victims, possibly his first. Since this chapter is told from his perspective, which is him sitting in a car watching the girl, I think that the story will have to be told from a variety of viewpoints so as to give the reader the whole picture.–Mostly wrong again!!! The story is about the person stalking the girl, but the girl isn’t one of his victims. The story is told from multiple POV’S including the female from the first chapter.
Sigh. I don’t know whether to chalk this up to Tess Gerritsen being a phenomenal writer, which she is, or because I got cocky and didn’t delve as deep as I should have. Maybe it’s both. If you haven’t read it, you should.
Here’s the blurb from Tess Gerritsen’s website:
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.
Goodreads rates it as 3.78 stars.