I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen

Setting: Boston, Mass
Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: April 15, 2017

Rizzoli & Isles is a show I binge watched last fall. My husband and I were hooked and watched every season in the span of two months. I Know a Secret is the latest title in the book series about Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles.

The novel starts with a woman who realizes acquaintances from her childhood are dropping dead. While their deaths are accidental, the woman questions this. That's all an aside for a bit. Jane's called in to investigate the death of a young movie producer. Another case a few days later has Jane taking a closer look. No cause of death is found in either case, but both victims had alcohol in their stomach and mild doses of a date rape drug. Those doses are not high enough to have killed them.

As the team gets to work trying to figure out the how and why, Maura's also struggling on a personal front. Her birth mother, a serial killer, wants to see her and may be connected to this case. Meanwhile, Jane's trying to make sense of her parents' dysfunctional marriage.

I had to shake off a few things. The TV versions of Jane and Maura are very different. Jane's married with a child (weird!), while Maura's birth mother was a serial killer and not a respected forensic pathologist. Maura's mobster father doesn't exist in the books. Detective Frost (his departure from the show and the actor's suicide in real life broke my heart) is nothing like his TV character. Even Jane's siblings are different.

Once I'd adjusted to the differences, I loved this story. I was pulled in. I wanted to figure it out but couldn't get my finger on the killer's identity until the last handful of chapters. Now that I've finished and felt very satisfied with the entire ride, I need to go back and read every book in this series. I miss the show, but I could get to know the characters all over again in the books!


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