December 5, 2015

Review: Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: October 27, 2015
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Book Description:

In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music—the Incendio waltz—and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. 

Full of passion, torment, and chilling beauty, and seemingly unknown to the world, the waltz, its mournful minor key, its feverish arpeggios, appear to dance with a strange life of their own. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard.

Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia’s bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz’s fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred—and Julia’s world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score.

Her quest beckons Julia to the ancient city of Venice, where she uncovers a dark, decades-old secret involving a dangerously powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

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If you are a fan of Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, then this may not be the book for you. However, if you enjoy the writing style of this author and want something out of the box, then I suggest you check out this book.

Though technically a mystery with all the clues carefully filtered throughout the book, it certainly keeps you turning the pages to find out why things happened and what will happen next, but as a mystery reader I felt cheated at the resolution of the things that happened to Julia and her family.

I probably wouldn’t have started this book if I had known where the journey was going to take me.

That being said, I’m glad I didn’t know what journey lay ahead of me as I plunged into Playing with Fire. The Julia and Lorenzo stories held me spellbound as I felt their pain and emotional turmoil.

This story made me think “what if” and stayed with me long after I finished it. Like the haunting notes of the music of Incendio, this book will touch your soul.

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Author Bio:

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, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

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