Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

by Tess Gerritsen

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ISBN-13: 9781628997859
Publisher: Center Point Pub
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 500
Sales rank: 1,253,090
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Known for her pulse-pounding medical thrillers such as Harvest, as well as her bestselling Rizzoli and Isles mystery series, Tess Gerritsen started out as a physician before becoming a full-time writer. Her novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. With over 30 million copies of her books sold, Gerritsen has appeared on bestseller lists worldwide. Some of her top titles are The Surgeon, Die Again, and The Sinner.

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Playing with Fire (Signed Book) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the first page. The plot was mesmerizing . Although I am a Rizzoli and Isles fan, this was a different and refreshing read. The story was compelling and totally tugged at the heartstrings. Tess Gerritsen has done it once again, a truly gifted author. Love her works with a passion!
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Review Julia buys a piece of sheet music in Italy. This leads to many strange and unsettling occurrences. When Julia decides to find more about the composer, she gets more than she bargained for. With her marriage on the line and her life in danger, Julia discovers there is more to this music than meets the eye. I enjoyed many aspects of this novel. Unlike Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, this tale has a good bit of historical fiction. The characters are great and the story about the music just kept getting better and better. When it flashes back to WWII, I was in heaven, my all time favorite era. The only issue I have with many of Tess Gerritsen’s books is I figure a lot of them out before the end. This one had a few surprises for me which added to the story and my love of the tale. I have not read Tess Geritsen in a long while. This was like rediscovering a new friend.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished Tess Gerritsen’s latest novel Playing with Fire. It is told from two different perspectives. Julia Ansdell is in Rome, Italy. She was playing a festival nearby (she is a violinist). She is picking up souvenirs for her husband, Rob and her daughter, Lily (a cute, little blonde) before heading home. Julia notices an antique store with old music and books. Julia collects old and unusual music. She picks up a book with gypsy music and a single sheet of music falls out. It is handwritten with the title Incendio by L. Todesco (means fire). The first time Julia plays the music at home while enjoying a day with her daughter, Lily. The next thing she knows is her cat is dead and Lily is holding the garden tool that killed the cat. A few days later Julia is playing the music again (and Lily is home) and she is stabbed in the leg with a piece of broken glass. Lily is saying “hurt Mommy” according to Julia. Multiple tests on run on Lily and the only thing they discover is that the music seems to be familiar to Lily (according to a test they performed). Julia withdraws from her daughter. The ever helpful husband believes the problem must lie with his wife. He wants her to go to a specialist (a psychiatrist that helps fathers get custody of their children). Julia is determined to find out more about the music. Lorenzo Todesco is an Italian-Jew in Venice, Italy in 1938. A friend of his grandfather’s wants him to perform a duet with his granddaughter, Laura (a lovely, bubbly, strong blonde). While rehearsing the two fall in love. But then they are unable to perform because Lorenzo is Jewish. Laura tries to save Lorenzo and his family, but they refuse to leave or realize how terrible it is going to get for Jews in Italy. Lorenzo ends up in an Italian concentration camp where he is picked to be a musician. Lorenzo plays music with other musicians to cover up the sounds of the poor souls being murdered in the camps. Lorenzo writes a special piece of music that he titled Incendio. Playing with Fire is an interesting story. I enjoyed reading this novel. I feel that the World War II theme has been overplayed this year, but I did like Tess Gerritsen’s book. It is different from the other novels I have read. It is overall a very well written book. The one thing I did not like was the abrupt ending. The book was going along at a good pace and then someone hit the brakes (whiplash). I enjoyed how the two perspectives tied together, but I was disappointed because it did not contain a great paranormal ending (the book felt like a paranormal book, but it really is not). I give Playing with Fire 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). I received a complimentary copy of Playing with Fire from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting and enriching novel!
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved reading Tess Gerritsen books because of the mystery and suspense. When I saw the synopsis of this book, it seemed like it was a little different from her other books as far as subject matter. I also am very interested in music and World War II. I'm not sure why I have an interest in such a gruesome time in our history but I tend to gravitate towards books about them. This book combines WWII, music, mystery, and suspense which makes it a hit in my book. I really loved this story; the intertwining of the music, history, and love story was so riveting. I also loved how she explained at the end how she came about writing this story. It's always nice to get that kind of insight as to what drives an author to write a particular story. I love the fact that the music that is played in this book is available to listen to. It makes the reading experience much more in depth and helps to put you in the time and moment. With the state of the world today, this book is extremely pertinent. It's about the persecution of Jews by the Nazis, how they were discriminated against by everyone, the fear that everyone felt if they were seen even talking to a Jew. The back and forth from the present and past was wonderful to read as well because things that happen, have infinite repercussions. You never know what could happen with something that seems so innocuous to you at the time. It could have a huge impact on the future that you couldn't possibly fathom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! A compelling story that holds you from the first chapter. Very well written weaving today with history. Once I started it, I had to keep reading it until I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of romance, intrege & history,
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Each page had me wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read a couple if ger books and this one was awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The historical aspect is so intriguing and from what i can tell mostly accurate from a fictional standpoint. Definitely a page turner. Definitely emotional. Could not stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hard to put down. well written historical novel.
archetype67 More than 1 year ago
Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles books, has written an engaging, stand alone thriller. Two narratives run through Playing with Fire in parallel until the end ties them together. Although it doesn't take a great leap to see most of the connections, there is a final twist that works well. The first narrative is about a contemporary second chair violinist, Julia, who, while in Rome, finds an old book of gypsy (Roma) music and inside is a hand written piece with the title Incendio. Immediately she is taken by the beauty and complexity of the piece. However, she returns home to Boston and plays it, getting lost in the intensity and trying to play the difficult piece. She stops to find that the family cat is dead and her three-year old daughter is holding the garden implement that caused the cat's death. This sets off a chain of events that has her obsessively seeking the origins of the composition. The second narrative takes place in Venice around the opening of the Second World War and is the story of Lorenzo, a violinist. His story, and that of Incendio is fraught with the tensions between a world gone mad and the belief that somehow, life will change for the better. Playing with Fire moves at a brisk clip and the stakes become deadly for the two characters for seemly disparate reasons. Despite the pace, Gerritsen explores the underpinning questions about the nature of sanity and insanity and weaves the theme through the narratives without the exposition typical found in such weighty explorations. Is there something wrong with Julia's daughter? Is this haunting piece of music affecting her? Is Julia, whose family has its own dark history of mental illness, loosing her mind? Will someone kill to protect their secrets? Will Italy go the way of Germany and eliminate those who are different, despite their deep integration into Venetian society? Will talent and the ability to create beauty protect when nothing else will? Questions of plot become rumination on something far more interior and personal - what are we, as humans, capable of and under what conditions? The ending is a twist, yet all the pieces to solve the puzzle are there for the careful reader. Gerritsen does a fine job of balancing the history, the emotion, and the suspense with the thematic exploration of a complex topic through following the story of a haunting piece of music.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I think this has been my favorite Tess Gerritsen novel in a while. This flowed so nicely. Who would think that music could cause someone to do bad things. How would you feel if you thought your own daughter was trying to harm you. This book had a lot of twists and turns. I never knew where it was going to lead next. I loved it. Look forward to more of these.
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jcmonson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I have read many other novels by Tess Gerritsen, she is one of my favorite authors. This was a fine addition to her works. The book felt more like two shorter books. The first one tells the story of Julia, a musician who discovers a piece of old sheet music in an antique shop in Italy. The second is the story of Lorenzo, the composer of the sheet music, and his life in Nazi occupied Italy. Lorenzo's story was amazing. Very touching and compelling. If the whole book had been about him, I would have been satisfied. It was a beautiful story of love and destruction. Julia's story was a little less interesting. It seemed more ordinary. When she plays the music it seems to induce violent outbursts in her 3 year old daughter. Yet no one believes her. I was annoyed that her husband was not more supportive of her, and tried to make her feel that she was crazy. Julia runs away to Italy to track down the story of the music, and that's when her story starts to feel a little silly. But the story of Lorenzo is so tragic and beautiful that it elevates the entire book. I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley
CPAC2012 More than 1 year ago
On the last day of a trip to Rome, Massachusetts native Julia Ansdell buys in an antique store a book of gypsy tunes that contains, between its pages, a loose sheet with the hand scribbled score of a haunting waltz that captures Julia's heart. Once at home, Julia struggles to master the waltz titled Incendio, playing it twice before she realizes her three-year-old daughter Lily is displaying aggressive behavior likely triggered by this music. But, what is this music that has such a bizarre effect on her daughter, who is its composer, and more importantly, where does it come from? As Julia sees her family disintegrating, she embarks on a mission to prove her sanity and seek the answers to the puzzle. But she'll come face to face with an enemy she didn't know she had, intent on silence her, for Incendio is the only existing link between a family patriarch and the fate of a gifted violinist in the last years of WWII. I truly enjoyed Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen. It captured my imagination as much for the modern (medical) mystery, as for the parallel account of the violinist before and during the war. Most books treating this topic go on at length, so it is remarkable that Gerritsen managed to write such a powerful story in under 300 pages. I cared about all the characters and their fates. Playing with Fire turned out to be a learning experience as well. I didn't know that Italy had a transitional concentration camp--Risiera di San Sabba in Trieste--that became an extermination camp towards war's end. The account of what happened at San Sabba was sordid and horrifying. It never ceases to amaze me how blindsided Jews were by the Holocaust. It is as if that measure of evil couldn't be fathomed. But the truth is that the signs had been there from early on, so the question becomes why did they miss it? DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
Taking a break from her Rizoli and Isles books, Tess Gerritsen creates an amazing stand alone novel that transcends the mystery genre with intricate plotting and very vivid characters.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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 me from the very beginning and I thought that I was well on my way to a 4 or 5 star rating. I absolutely love music so when I started reading and realized that music was going to be a part of the story, I knew that I was in for a treat. One of the main characters in the book, Julia, is a violinist. Julia collects music and at the beginning of the story she acquires a piece of music while on a trip to Rome that ends up playing an important role in the story. The book lost me a little when the story shifted to tell Lorenzo's story. I am not always a fan of books with a dual story line. This is one of those cases where the two stories just don't fit together very well. I liked Lorenzo's story just as much as I did Julia's but the thread connecting the pieces was thin at best. Lorenzo is a Jewish musician living in Venice during World War II. The parts of the story that focused on Lorenzo really were often heartbreaking. My biggest problem with this book was the ending. I HATED how the book ended. I actually needed to reflect on it for a few days before I could sit down to write a review. In Julia's case the solution seemed like nothing more than a cop out. I honestly cannot remember the last time that I was so thoroughly disappointed in the ending of a book. The part of the epilogue that attempted to pull the two stories together a little better was also a huge letdown. The book had some great moments as well. There were a few really creepy scenes that really had me glued to the book. I couldn't wait to figure out what the heck was going on. There were also some moments in the book that were so vividly described that they elicited some strong emotions. In the end, I am glad that I read the book and I would recommend it to others. I plan to read more from Tess Gerritsen soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing - Ballantine via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 201 pgs