Review: Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen

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Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

4 Stars

(Originally posted by Ashley on Must Love Books)

It’s no secret that I love Tess Gerritsen, I’ve fallen in love with her Mystery books about vivid characters, murder, and medicine. I love the Rizzoli and Isles series but when I heard she had a new stand-alone, I was overly excited to get my hands on it. Though the ending wasn’t what I expected, I found myself completely engrossed until the end.

I’m not musically inclined so when words like musical bars, measures, accidentals, and arpeggios showed up in the first chapter, I was worried they would keep me from truly understanding the musical aspect of the book. Thankfully I was able to comprehend without having to Google (too) many terms Gerristen used to describe the haunting music.

Present day takes place in Boston with Julia, her husband Rob and daughter Lily. Julia is a professional violinist and is Rome for work when she finds a piece of music called the Incendio waltz. Julia becomes awestruck with the music and it’s mysterious composer and purchases it from a local shopkeep. Once she gets the music home and starts to play it, something in her daughter shifts-she is no longer Julia’s sweet innocent little girl. After two particularly bloody incidents with Lily, Julia decides to go back to Rome and find out as much information about the composer of the waltz as she can, even if it might kill her.

I really enjoyed Playing with Fire. It was a quick read that really captured my attention from the beginning. I devoured it in just a few hours and recommend it to any mystery fan.

Book Info

Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen
Published by Ballantine Books
Pub Date: October 27th 2015
Pages: 250
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultMystery
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A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

Ashley @ Gone with the Words

3 Responses to “Review: Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen”

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    This book sounds amazing!
    It sounds a bit like a book I recently read, called The Violinist of Venice, in that they both include music and Venice. Only difference is, whilst the book I read is romance, this one sounds like mystery!
    Definitely going on my TBR pile – thanks for introducing this interesting book!

    • Ashley @ Gone with the Words

      Ashley @ Gone with the Words

      I hope you like it Geraldine! I agree with you Melissa-the cat part was horrible but I tried not to focus on that too much!

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