THE SHAPE OF NIGHT: my new book cover revealed!

  I’m always a little anxious when my publisher tells me they have a new cover design to show me.  Will I love it?  Hate it?  I’m not a visual artist so I’m certainly not one to design my own covers, but I do know what I like, and I know if a cover captures […]

Don’t Kill The Dog

Every thriller writer knows you must never, ever kill a pet in your novel. You can torture and mutilate any number of human beings. You can slice and dice women, massacre men on a battlefield, and readers will keep turning the pages. But harm one little chihuahua and you’ve gone too far. The readers will […]

“Written in Blood” teaser for my episode

Here’s the teaser for the episode of “Written in Blood,” where Simon Toyne and I explore the true-crime case that inspired my R&I novel, BODY DOUBLE. it will air in the UK on 10/23, and I’ll be live-tweeting during the episode, answering all your questions! WRITTEN IN BLOOD_S2_EPISODIC 2 – TESS GERRITSEN_TUES 10PM_20

UK readers: my episode of “Written in Blood” airs October 23

I’ll be appearing on the UK reality TV series “Written in Blood” October 23.  For those unfamiliar with the show, the series has a truly cool concept: ask novelists about the true crimes that inspired their stories.  My episode focuses on the bizarre case of a family of killers.  Fellow crime writer Simon Toyne and […]

“Island Zero” Reviews are In!

Screeners went out to two dozen horror film reviewers and the early reviews are back.  As a debut horror film writer/producer, working with a very limited budget, a large cast, the complex topic of climate change, and — yes — a sea monster, I’m thrilled that “Island Zero” is getting a nice reception. And especially […]

Horror in Maine: “Island Zero” releases May 15!

A few years ago, on a lovely summer day, my son Josh and I were weeding the garden when I confessed a secret: “I’ve always wanted to write a horror film.” Josh had worked as a documentary filmmaker, and had never made a narrative film, but he was game.  “You write it, I’ll direct it,” […]

Read the book that launched my thriller-writing career: HARVEST.

23 years ago, I got a startling call from my literary agent, Meg Ruley.  Up till then I’d been writing romantic suspense novels for Harlequin Intrigue and Harper Paperbacks, but I was hoping to branch out in a new direction.  I’d submitted about 150 pages of the new medical thriller I was writing, and Meg […]

My interview of Lisa Gardner

Lisa has a wonderful new thriller out, and she and I had the chance to chat with her about her book, how she writes, and what it’s really like to be a bestselling author.  Read the interview in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Thrilled to be the 2017 recipient of the Robert B. Parker Award

It will be presented December 7 at the annual Mystery Night Gala at the New England Mobile Bookfair. If you haven’t visited this legendary bookshop in Newton, MA, definitely drop by that evening. You can meet many other mystery authors, buy autographed books, and instantly take care of your Christmas shopping list. Hope to see […]

And another lovely review…

from: Criminal Element: “Gerritsen continues to surprise with the depth and range of her storytelling ambitions…  there’s complex villainy, a distortion between appearance and reality, and a third-act plot twist that will both surprise and satisfy. This one’s a tasty treat with substance—and minus the calories of popcorn.” https://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2017/08/review-i-know-a-secret-by-tess-gerritsen    

Washington Post review of I KNOW A SECRET

Review: ‘I Know a Secret’ slowly unfolds in unexpected way  By Jeff Ayers | AP August 14 at 10:26 AM “I Know a Secret” (Ballantine Books), by Tess GerritsenTess Gerritsen brings back Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles to tackle another baffling mystery in “I Know a Secret: a Rizzoli & Isles Novel,” […]

I KNOW A SECRET on sale today in the UK

(US edition coming out next week!)

15 paintings, 15 writers: “Night Stories”

(Joshua Feriss, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Linden Frederick, Lawrence Kasdan, me, and Lois Lowry) Several years ago, I was invited to be part of a fascinating project.  Renowned artist Linden Frederick, known for his evocative, moody landscape paintings, noticed that a number of writers were collectors of his work.  He came up with the brilliant […]

Podcast interview with Hank Garner

Listen to the podcast in which Hank and I chat about writing, process, and why I write the books I write.  

Review: 5 out of 5 stars for “Island Zero”

As a novelist, I’ve dealt with great reviews and awful reviews for my books, but I’ve never been as delighted by a review as this one.  Two nights ago, our first feature horror film “Island Zero” (written by me, directed by my son Josh) screened at the Boston International Film Festival. It was open to […]

Rizzoli & Isles Special Offer! THE APPRENTICE eBook $1.99 for Limited Time

THE APPRENTICE is the second book in the RIZZOLI & ISLES series. In this sequel to the bestselling thriller THE SURGEON, it is now a year later, and Detective Jane Rizzoli is back on the force struggling to heal from the physical and emotional wounds from her brutal attack at the hands of the sadistic […]

Come see “Island Zero” at Boston International Film Festival!

Buy tickets here. If you’d like to get an early look at our horror film “Island Zero,” it will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival at 9:30 PM April 15 at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Boston.  Based on my original screenplay, it’s the story of an isolated island off the coast […]

“Life” the movie — yes, it sounds like my novel “Gravity.”

Feels like deja vu all over again.  My readers have been emailing me that the plot of the new movie “Life” sounds awfully similar to my novel “Gravity.”  While I haven’t seen the film yet, here’s the IMDB description of “Life”: A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life […]

“Island Zero” screens at the Boston International Film Festival

  The horror film I wrote and produced, “Island Zero,” will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival on Saturday April 15 at the Paramount Theater.  If you’re in the Boston area, here’s your first chance to get a look at a movie inspired by those fun old-fashioned creature features that I grew up […]