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A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a coastal village in Maine — and to a string of unsolved murders — in this dark and sexy novel of psychological suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.  

In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace … until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.

Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century.  One night, Ava confronts an apparition who looks and feels all too real, an apparition who welcomes her into his world — and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits.  But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work?  A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?


“This supernatural thriller from bestseller Gerritsen ranks with the best of her crime fiction… This magnetic haunted house story will keep readers riveted from the very first page.”Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“A spellbinding thriller. Gerritsen shifts a murder mystery into a Gothic thriller, replete with an unsteady widow’s walk, secret alcove, strange smells, ominous sensations, and the ghost. The prologue echoes the dream of Manderley from Du Maurier’s Rebecca… This riveting Gothic thriller explores the limits of love, guilt, and punishment.”— Kirkus Reviews 

“Reminiscent of the best of du Maurier, this modern gothic is eerie, tantalizing, spine-tangling, and sensual… An altogether delicious read.”Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“With a twisty mix of dangerous passion, obsession, and suspense, Tess Gerritsen reinvents the Gothis novel, giving it a razor sharp, modern edge.”Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author of Untouchable

“This book reminds me why I love reading. Suspenseful, sexy and soulful, I wish this were a series so I could spend more time in Tucker’s Cove. Tess Gerritsen is a writer I look up to!”J.R. Ward, bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series

“THE SHAPE OF NIGHT is one helluva thrill ride with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I honestly could not put the book down. Sexy, haunting and deeply intriguing, this is one of Gerritsen’s best mysteries ever, with Ava Collette an unlikely heroine you’ll not easily forget. Pick up a copy of The Shape of Night. You might be left breathless and reeling, but you won’t be disappointed.”— Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Curl up in your favorite reading chair and let Tess Gerritsen whisk you away to a coastal town reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier’s best settings. AS the chills run down your spine, and the creeping sense of danger curls your toes, don’t say I didn’t warn you: you are in for a dark and sexy night, and you will be very late with Tess’ twisted, haunting tale.”— Iris Johansen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A captivating and seductive tale exploring the dark embrace of grief and guilt, reminding us that nothing can haunt us as insidiously as our own personal demons. This is the incomparable Gerritsen at her finest!”— Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Beguiling! Gerritsen is at her atmospheric best in this spine-tingling tale of a lone woman, an old house, and all the secrets everyone tries to hide.”Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Gerritsen’s THE SHAPE OF NIGHT is reading gold – thought-provoking, loaded with suspense, with an ending to knock your socks off.”Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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