My “By the Book” piece in the New York Times

“A seductive shapeshifter of a novel”

A rave review for CHOOSE ME in the Wall Street Journal:  Boston is the setting of “Choose Me” (Thomas & Mercer, 320 pages, $24.95), a seamless collaboration between authors Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver. Police detectives Frances “Frankie” Loomis and her partner, MacClennan, have come to investigate the death of 22-year-old Taryn Moore, a college student who […]

It started over cocktails

A few years ago, novelist Gary Braver and I were at a Boston bookstore Christmas party. We’ve been friends for about 25 years, and we started talking about the #MeToo movement, which was then in the news. Maybe it was the wine, or the easy camaraderie of writers sharing stories, but I said, “Wouldn’t it […]

Discussion questions for CHOOSE ME

If your book club is discussing CHOOSE ME, these might get some lively conversations going! Is Taryn a victim? A villain? Or both? Do you personally know anyone like Taryn Moore? How did the course Taryn took with Jack (“Star-crossed Lovers”) relate to the storyline and characters? Do you think that the punishment for Jack […]

Crimespree TV: The real meaning of CHOOSE ME

Crimespree TV: Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver

How I write my novels

A brand-new Apple podcast about how I write my novels:    

Tackling Sensitive Topics in a Novel

My fellow author Gary Braver and I discuss the risks and challenges of writing about a controversial topic. Something we did in our new novel, CHOOSE ME.   “In a way it was dangerous because we are treading on sensitive ground and stirring up people because we dealt with this topic,” Gerritsen says. “But our […]

Watch our film Magnificent Beast

Many of you know about this fun and crazy project I’ve been working on for the past few years, a feature documentary film called Magnificent Beast I invite you to our first virtual screening event! For ten days you’ll have exclusive access to the very first showing of our film. The screening runs from February […]

Cover reveal for my new book: CHOOSE ME

Coming in summer 2021: a sexy new thriller CHOOSE ME, written in collaboration with my old pal Gary Braver. It’s a story told from both a man’s and a woman’s points of view, and who better to tell that story than both a man and a woman?

In League with Sherlock Holmes

I’ve contributed a story “What My Father Never Told Me” to a collection of short stories called IN LEAGUE WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES. I had a fun time exploring the question: what if Professor Moriarty was the real hero? What if Conan Doyle got it all wrong?

“Magnificent Beast”

Our “Pig” documentary now in post-production!

There are many ways to tell a story — around a campfire, on the page, and on the screen. A few years ago, my son Josh and I plunged into filmmaking with our first feature horror movie, “Island Zero.” Now we’ve almost completed our second feature film together, a documentary called “Pig.” It was born […]

Coming to a Tube station in October!

Love my new UK transit ad for SHAPE OF NIGHT, coming to the UK October 3!

Strand Cinema Ghosts

Who is the angry woman whose ghost haunts the Spotlight Cinema at the Strand Theater?  Check out my latest video for some clues!

Haunted Maine: Fort Knox Ghosts

Maine is notorious for having many haunted places.  Join me as I explore Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine — a place that’s rumored to hide a ghost or two.

It’s All About Shame

My original title for THE SHAPE OF NIGHT was SHAME.  In this interview with “Bookish Indulgences”, you’ll learn why:  

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT gets a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

  The Shape of Night Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine, $28 (288p) ISBN 978-1-9848-2095-2 “This supernatural thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (the Rizzoli and Isles series) ranks with the best of her crime fiction. Boston food writer Ava Colette travels to Tucker Cove, Maine, where she rents Brodie’s Watch, an old house on the coast once owned by […]


KIRKUS REVIEW Running away from the memory of a New Year’s Eve party gone terribly wrong, food writer Ava Collette escapes Boston for a remote Maine village only to face a haunted house and a murder investigation. Bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, Gerritsen (I Know a Secret, 2017, etc.) returns with a […]

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT: my new book cover revealed!

  I’m always a little anxious when my publisher tells me they have a new cover design to show me.  Will I love it?  Hate it?  I’m not a visual artist so I’m certainly not one to design my own covers, but I do know what I like, and I know if a cover captures […]

Don’t Kill The Dog

Every thriller writer knows you must never, ever kill a pet in your novel. You can torture and mutilate any number of human beings. You can slice and dice women, massacre men on a battlefield, and readers will keep turning the pages. But harm one little chihuahua and you’ve gone too far. The readers will […]