Review: This One Fizzles Out…

*Originally published 2016/01/10

FIRE34-197x300PLAYING WITH FIRE Written by Tess Gerritsen 

2015, 250 Pages (Ballantine Books)

Genre: mystery, suspense, historical, standalone

Rating: ★★★

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)

I have been a fan of author, Tess Gerritsen since I read her novel, The Surgeon (The first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series).  Diabolical villains added with heart pounding suspense mixed in with great heroines has made her a must-read author for me.  I even enjoyed a previous standalone novel that encompassed the elements above so was happy to see another of her books coming out.

Julia Ansdell, a violinist, picks up The Incendio Waltz that will be a challenge for her to play.  Every time she plays the piece her daughter commits some act of violence towards her.  She thinks her daughter might be ill or may have evil tendencies.  Her aunt and husband think she is the one who may be ill.  Interweaved with this story is one from the past, 1930s, of a composer and his family.  The two stories come together to reveal a great secret.

The novel has me hooked for the first few chapters but then just fell apart. I loved the idea of the story but wish it just went another way.  I think if it would have been more horror and paranormal I would have been intrigued to the end.  I mostly kept reading out of respect for Ms. Gerritsen as the “mystery” unraveled before it should have.  I would not recommend this for first time readers of Gerritsen.  I would suggest reading The Surgeon or standalone, Bone Garden.  


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