Saturday, November 14, 2015

Review: Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gerritsen does something a little different for this one, seemingly taking cues from Schindler's List and The Shining, not to mention M.J. Rose's Reincarnationist books (though thankfully minus the ridiculous, cloying use of the perfume motif that pervaded Rose's books starting with the fourth in the series). Instead, Gerritsen uses a particularly creepy piece of music to set up the thrills and chills in this book - a piece which you can hear on her website for free, if you care to Google it. And yes, the Incendio waltz is the stuff of nightmares, mostly because of the keening high notes the violin reaches. Has Gerritsen heard the theory that high-frequency tones can cause premonitions? Maybe that was another influence on the writing of this book. Who knows?

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