Playing with Fire (2020)

Playing with Fire What if your child wanted you dead Julia is terrified by her daughter s aggressive behaviour Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with What scares Julia
  • Title: Playing with Fire
  • Author: Tess Gerritsen
  • ISBN: 9780857502940
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • What if your child wanted you dead Julia is terrified by her daughter s aggressive behaviour Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with.What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no one will believe her If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking onWhat if your child wanted you dead Julia is terrified by her daughter s aggressive behaviour Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with.What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no one will believe her If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice.There Julia finds far than just answers, and uncovers a heartbreaking, long buried tale of tragedy and devastation And this discovery has put her in serious danger I defy you to read the first chapter and not singe your fingers reading all the rest It s that compelling It s that good DAVID BALDACCI
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    1. All The Stars for Playing With Fire I absolutely loved this book Major feels I was still crying during the author s note I listened to the audio version Julia Whelan is the narrator of one of the two points of view She is my absolute favorite narrator There are two storylines going on in this novel The historical fiction aspect is a complete 5 The other storyline was a mystery and that was a 4.5 for me Although I didn t figure the mystery part out so I m giving this novel in total a 5 Julie is a [...]

    2. Playing With Fire is the latest novel, a standalone thriller, by Tess Gerritsen, a physician living in Maine Most of us are familiar with the Rizzoli Isles series, by this New York Times bestselling author I must say that this is a change in style for the author, from her previous series, but it works well as she is a master storyteller.I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House Ballantine books for supplying me with a copy of the latest Tess Gerritsen novel in exchange for an honest revi [...]

    3. When Julie finds a strange piece of music inside a book of gypsy music that she buys from a small antique store in Rome, she finds her life irrevocably changed Trying to play the piece on her violin she is struck by how powerful the music is, seems almost to have a mind of it own and whose high pitched sound seems to cause her three year old daughter to commit violent acts Trying to trace where the music came from will take her to Venice and the past and pit her against a powerful family that wa [...]

    4. Pure indulgence Playing with Fire a Novel by Tess Gerristen was a beautiful, fast paced and extremely satisifying read.This is historical fiction at its best, it s a fiction story set in the past but with some historical facts and figures to keep the reader educated and interested.I would never have picked up this novel if I hadn t recently read a compelling review by a Goodread s friend who left me in no doubt that I needed to read this novel So happy I took her advice as this was pure indulgen [...]

    5. I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House Ballantine books for supplying me with a forward copy of the latest Tess Gerritsen novel in exchange for a honest review.This was so easy, I love this authors writing anyway but the book appealed to me from the write up and once I started it I couldn t put it down Of the 100 books I have already read this year I would have to say this one is right up at the top and that is a big statement considering the standard of the books.The book is excellen [...]

    6. 4 As other reviews have noted, readers who enjoyed books like Sarah s Key will take this one to heart Using a mysterious piece of music as a bridge to connect a family from the past to one in the present, it moved swiftly and kept my interest from start to finish Was it a coincidence that the pages numbered about the same as those memorialized on a plaque in Venice that inspired this story History and mystery combined with just the right amount of chilling malevolence resulted in a moving, inspi [...]

    7. Probably unfair of me to star this simply because I m not the kind of reader it was written for I don t like novels that want to rush you through them to the end, to the point where you re almost skim reading in your excitement to know what happens next I prefer it when a novel is like a love letter you savour every sentence while still feeling swept up in the excitement of reading on That s what a page turner is for me I like a writer to walk me through the world she has created, not speed me t [...]

    8. I am rating this book based on how I felt at the end, not how I was feeling during the first half To be honest I started reading and was instantly intrigued by the situation with three year old Lily Then we switched to the past and Lorenzo s story and my interest quickly flagged Maybe the contrast was too great, maybe here was too little tying the two stories together I found it easy to put the book down and do other things.Thankfully I picked it up again later and persisted because once Julia t [...]

    9. This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.When I saw that Tess Gerritsen had a new stand alone novel being released, I jumped at the chance to read it This ended up being a book that is really hard for me to rate Tess Gerritsen definitely knows how to write and I liked a lot of things about this book Unfortunately, there were some things that I didn t like about this book as well I think that the experience of reading this book ended up being just okay for me The story really hooked [...]

    10. 4 blazing s for this one Julia is a violinist, travelling in Italy after playing at a festival and now looking for something to take home to remind her of her trip She carries her prized violin in a case strapped to her back for safekeeping She s not your garden variety muso.In the window of a gloomy antique shop where she smells the scent of old books, a perfume of crumbling pages and time worn leather , she spots a disintegrating book of music with the word Gipsy on the front and the picture o [...]

    11. This is a standalone read, and one which is absolutely gripping I didn t want to put it down When violinist Julia Ansdell finds an unpublished manuscript for a waltz in an antiques shop in Rome, she has no idea that she has stumbled upon a piece of music that will quite literally prove haunting and hypnotic.There are two timelines to the story, modern day events surrounding Julia interspersed with the story of Lorenzo, the composer of the piece which span back in time to just before and during t [...]

    12. Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen is her newest standalone novel.The plot is quite unique alternating between past and present times and in some way the story reminded me of one of my favorite books, Letters from the Lost by Iona Grey, book show 2 The story opens with violinist Julia Ansdell purchasing an old music book from an antique shop in Rome Inside the book, she discovers a loose sheet of paper that has a handwritten waltz by someone named L Todesco.Returning home to her family, she fin [...]

    13. In a break from her mystery novels, Gerritsen offers up a unique story that blends music with history to produce a chilling narrative that will touch readers at their core While on a trip to Italy, violinist Julia Ansdell finds a unique and unpublished piece that piques her interest, in Incendio waltz Upon her return to Boston, she begins to unravel its mysteries by playing it, or at least trying to do so Each time she begins, the haunting dissonant tones seem to evoke disturbing results in Juli [...]

    14. I m hovering my mouse over the 2 and 3 star rating I usually love any and everything Tess Gerritsen writes Her Rizzoli and Isles series is one of my favorites When I got word that she had written a standalone, I was beyond excited to get my hands on a copy Playing with Fire alters between the stories of Julia and Lorenzo The only thing these two have in common is their love of music and a musical composition by the name of Incendio While in Italy, Julia Ansdell finds an enchanting, yet complicat [...]

    15. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and NetGalley Our daughter is trying to kill me I m not the one who needs therapy I was quite disappointed by this story.I felt quite sorry for Julia, having your 3 year old try to kill you would be really quite disturbing, and having nobody believe you would be infuriating too She did sound a little nuts when she was telling people that her toddler was trying to kill [...]

    16. Julia Ansdell was window shopping in the streets of Rome before heading back home to America after a successful few days with her choir A talented violinist, she had already purchased gifts for her husband Rob and three year old daughter Lily now she would love something special for herself And when she spotted a very old antique shop she was drawn to it she saw what she wanted in the window The old book was filled with beautiful musical pieces on each page as she gently opened it, a piece of cr [...]

    17. Alternating between two storylines, Playing with Fire is part historical fiction part current day thriller The story revolves around a piece of music, Incendio, which was bought in an antique store in Rome.The author actually wrote this piece of music, which came to her in a dream while writing the novel It can be heard on Gerritsen s website.It was a very enjoyable read This book is a standalone, but I am now interested in the series the author has written She seems amazingly gifted as a physic [...]

    18. This book was really multi faceted in so many ways It touches on a deep parental concern nightmare, a marriage on the brink, friendship, musical talent, medical breakthroughs, an international mix, and an arc into a historical time period of tragedy Now that covers a lot of ground.Julia Ansdell, a violinist, is drawn into a tiny antique shop on a winding street in Venice She is in search of a book that may beckon to her musical background as a memento of her trip During the purchase, a delicate [...]

    19. Well, sometimes I get curious about these big, bestselling authors I knew that Tess Gerritsen is a big name, and the blurb for this book sounded right up my alley music, antique shops, history, a possible diabolical supernatural element, and acts of surprising violence The book does have all those things, but taken together, I think they give the wrong impression.I would highly recommend this book for fans of Sarah s Key It features the same combination of elements the horrors of WWII intruding [...]

    20. If you re looking for a book written in the Rizzoli Isles style, then this isn t what you re gonna get with this one This standalone by Tess Gerritsen though IS very good It follows the lives of Julia, a musician in the present day, and Lorenzo during WWII Julia plays in a quartet, and after a concert in Rome, she visits an antique shop and discovers an old piece of sheet music scribbled in pencil The music, entitled Incendio by L Todesco, intrigues her, and she just has to buy it The music retu [...]

    21. 4.5 stars Okay, there was absolutely no way I saw that ending coming I m like looking down at my Kindle and it s teling me less than an hour left to go and we still don t know why her precious little daughter is going into those seizures, fits, or whatever.This was one creepy book You ve got a three year old beautiful little daughter who kills the cat Just doesn t stab him once, but stabs him three times Is this the making of a psycho or just a coincidence Then a few days later, she s stabbing h [...]

    22. One word.Bravo Thanks for the recommendation Sherri Highly recommended if you like dual storylines, mystery, and historical fiction.

    23. Playing with Fire is a standalone novel from the author of the Rizzoli and Isles thriller series and other mysteries that I have read and enjoyed This novel is somewhat of a departure in both structure and story, being split between two time periods present day Massachusetts and the late 1930s and war time Italy.In the present day, Julia Ansdell, a professional musician, married and the mother of a very young girl, happens upon an old piece of music during a music oriented visit to Italy From th [...]

    24. Many readers are familiar with Tess Gerritsen for her immensely popular Rizzoli and Isles mystery series Now she has written a riveting, partly historical stand alone novel that kept me spellbound throughout When I say partly historical I mean that there are dual narratives The novel tells the story of two violinists, Julia Ansdell in the present day and Lorenzo Todesco during World War II.The novel captured my full and undivided attention with the first sentence and never let go.With elements o [...]

    25. This is something completely new for me with a standalone thriller from one of the queens of the thriller genre, Tess Gerritsen Having been constantly spoilt by the brilliance of the investigations by Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles I was keen and curious to see what this novel could bring to the table I am pleased to say that for the most part, despite being a different style of story, things live up to expectations from the master storyteller.Told through two separate time frames, we follow Julia [...]

    26. I am going to be purposely vague as the story is best left for the reader to discover The story begins when Julia Ansdell discovers a piece of composition called the Incendio Waltz in a little antique shop in Rome Julia is a violinist and loves collecting old music.She returns home to her doting husband and three year old daughter Mother and daughter spend their first day home together and while her daughter plays, Julia picks up the piece and begins playing it on her violin As she becomes caugh [...]

    27. Gerritsen seems to have taken a new direction in Playing with Fire, and has succeeded masterfully If you are looking for a book in the Rizzoli and Isles style, this may not be for you Instead, the author has chosen historical intrigue, interweaving the mysterious discovery of a piece of music in the present, with a hellish time in the past WWII Italy.The beginning of the book might well lead you to think that this is just another of the psychological thrillers that are everywhere these days, but [...]

    28. This story is unlike any I have read before, sometimes believable and at times far fetched.There are two timelines in this story that is weaved here There is the historical past and the modern day, both relating to a piece of music.The composer of the music is Lorenzo.Its chilling, it can be eerie and quite scary But then my poor brain couldn t compute this syndrome of events that whenever her mother the musician was playing this piece of music it would make her do terrible thing The child was o [...]

    29. WARNING Involves the Holocaust, often with graphic detailTE Author Tess Gerritsen, also a trained musician, composed an accompanying piece for this novel Incendio , performed by Yi Jia Susanne Hou who composed additional violin cadenza on violin and Peter Longworth on piano, is available on Spotify here The piece is part of the story s plot, though in the book its composition is credited to one of the characters.I ve fallen terribly behind on the Rizzoli Isles series of novels, but thought I d g [...]

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