Wednesday, 12 January 2011

CRIME REVIEW: The Killing Place - Tess Gerritsen

Release Date: 24/06/10


Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming. Twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables. Cars are still parked in garages. The human occupants have vanished, seemingly into thin air. This is the unsettling place where Maura Isles finds herself trapped during a snowstorm. She has joined a group of friends on a drive to an isolated ski lodge, but when a wrong turn leaves her car stranded in deep snow, she stumbles down a private road into the valley of Kingdom Come, where she takes shelter - and disappears. Days later, Jane Rizzoli flies to Wyoming to search for her missing friend. A crashed vehicle has been found with four badly burned bodies still inside. The authorities assume that one of the women is Maura. But is it? Jane Rizzoli's search for the truth leads her to Kingdom Come, where a terrifying and gruesome discovery lies buried beneath the snow.


As a long time fan of Tess’ writing, it probably won’t come as a surprise to find out that I loved this book. There’s danger, there’s emotional conflict and the reader will have their heart in their mouth for a good part of this tale. Beautifully written, backed up with great supporting characters alongside some top notch dialogue and the reader is in of a real thrill. Add to the mix that the tale can be read as a stand alone and its something that a number of people will soon be turned on to. With luck, so much so that the TV series featuring these characters will be picked up by UK TV.


Angela Addams said...

I'm not a huge fan of crime novels but this one sounds interesting. Maybe I'll add it to my reading pile!

Pat Hollett said...

I don't know where you find all these great reads. This one piqued my curiousity. I want to read it now. I'll have to add it to my list. Thanks for the insight. It sounds creepy and interesting. :)