The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen


The Shape of Night, Tess Gerritsen, 2019

My favorite quote: “Even now I still dream about Brodie’s Watch, and the nightmare is always the same. I am standing in the gravel driveway and the house looms before me like a ghost ship adrift in the fog.”

Notable characters: Ava Collette, the troubled heroine; Captain Jeremiah Brodie, the ghost; Ned Haskell, the mysterious carpenter; Ben, the love interest; Hannibal, the cat; Brodie’s Watch, the house

Memorable scenes: The kinky ghost sex, of course

Greatest strength: Precise plotting. It hits all the right notes at all the right times

Standout achievements: Top-notch gothic atmosphere, smooth narrative, clean writing

Fun Facts: I received this book from the author herself, when we interviewed her on our podcast

Other media: N/A

What it taught me about writing: That there are always ways to put new spins on old ideas

How it inspired my own work: There is a haunted house in my current work, book 4 of the Vampires of Crimson Cove (its title is still a secret) and reading this book (among others) has helped me get a feel for how to keep things nice and spooky

Additional thoughts: There’s only one real weakness with this book as far as I can tell, and that is its predictability. As much as I loved this book (and I did!) nothing here surprised me. That’s the downside of sticking too close to a formula.   

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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