Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

T I T L E: Playing with Fire
A U T H O R: Tess Gerritsen
P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing Group/Ballantine Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 27, 2015
I S B N: 9781101884348
Mystery, Thriller
In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music—the Incendio waltz—and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. The mournful minor key and complex feverish arpeggios appear to dance with a strange life of their own. Back in Boston, when Julia plays the notes for the first time, the music has a terrifying and unexplainable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Determined to track down the music score's origins, Julia travels to Venice—and uncovers a dark secret that not only dates back to the Second World War, but also directly involves a dangerously powerful family who will stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

     Though this book was a bit on the dark and creepy side, it was extremely enjoyable, even if it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I haven’t read this author’s other works so I came into this without any preconceived notions. After reading this book, I believe I will be reading her other novels as well.
     The story flashes back and forth between Julia in the present day and Lorenzo in World War II, it is easy to keep up with and very well done. Some authors are not able to pull that off but with Tess Gerritsen that is certainly not an issue. Both past and present eventually come together in a manner that makes sense, even if the ending seemed just a bit rushed.
     All the characters were believable and sparked emotion. This was a quick fast pace read coming in at around 300 pages. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it, though I’m not sure that it would everyone’s cup of tea.