The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you like ghost stories, you might like this one. Ava Collette runs away from her troubled past to a coastal town in Maine where she tries to find peace as she finishes her cookbook. She rents a reclusive old house that is haunted (or is it?) by the spirit of an old sea captain whose ship was lost at sea. Ava’s encounters with Captain Brodie drive her to the breaking point as she struggles with the reality (or unreality) of her situation. Part ghost story, and part whodunit, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy both genres. For me, Ava’s rendezvous with the ghostly Captain Brodie were a bit preposterous and took away from what otherwise could have been an alluring and eerie tale. The atmospheric setting of an isolated sea town was perfect. I think that’s what I liked most about the book. Three stars.