FICTION

The Shape of Night

Ballantine. Oct. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781984820952. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781984820969. F
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Ava Collette packs up her cooking gear and guilt over a loved one’s death and heads to a sleepy town in Maine to hide out and write a cookbook about historical New England cuisine. Renting the retreat Brodie’s Watch is her first step in digging into the area’s history, but she soon discovers that the house is not as peaceful as it first appears. She’d heard it was haunted by Captain Brodie, who met an unfortunate fate almost 150 years earlier, and when she wakes to find a ghost in her room she doesn’t know what to think. Soon Ava’s shakiness is apparent to everyone around her, including a doctor who wants more than a doctor-patient relationship, a ghost-hunting troupe, and locals who are suspicious of outsiders. When multiple apparently accidental deaths happen nearby, Ava seeks the truth as she is drawn further into life at Brodie’s Watch and its enticing and dangerous world.
VERDICT Fans of multiple genres will follow Gerritsen’s meandering story through the realms of mystery, paranormal romance, erotica, and psychological suspense to its compelling conclusion. [Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]

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