Initial Thoughts I liked this book but I'm not sure about the ending. I'm really feeling pretty let down by how everything was wrapped up.
I will post a review after I take some time to think about it. View all 9 comments. 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 of a violinist. Intrigued, she leafs through it and a single sheet of manuscript paper falls out with a waltz written on it in pencil. By measure sixty, notes star to pile on notes and there are jarring accidentals. I flip to the other side and every measure is dense with pencil marks.
A lightning —quick string of arpeggios launches the melody into a frantic maelstrom of notes that make the hairs suddenly rise on my arms.
"Play with Fire" is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones, originally released as B-side to the song "The Last Time". It was later included on the. Play With Fire Lyrics: Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes / And the chauffeur drives your car / You let everybody know / But don't.
I must have this music. She plays the waltz for the first time one afternoon and is frightened by what seems to be its evil influence. As her fears grow, she determines to track down information about the composer, a hunt that takes her back to Italy and terror. Sad, evil times, which are described in historical notes at the end of the book. View all 5 comments. Oct 30, Elaine rated it it was amazing. This is a standalone read, and one which is absolutely gripping. When violinist Julia Ansdell finds an unpublished manuscript for a waltz in an antiques shop in Rome, she has no idea that she has stumbled upon a piece of music that will quite literally prove haunting and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 This is a standalone read, and one which is absolutely gripping. 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 the second World War in Vienna.
It is hard to describe the read without giving too much away but there are shades of chilling spookiness, action drama and romance in a story that just flows. I was totally lost in both timelines and kept coming back to earth with a bump each time they switched. This is probably the best book I have read lately. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Many thanks to the publishers via Netgalley for the review copy. Sep 30, Debbie rated it it was amazing. 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 stabb 4. Then a few days later, she's stabbing her mom in the thigh hollering "hurt mommy, hurt mommy". Okay, I would be scared of this kid as well. I don't care how cute she is or that she's mine. Oh did I mention that she left a toy on the next to the last step and the mother tripped over it and went flying down the stairs? Yeah, I would not be able to shut my eyes at night. However, there is a correlation between all these incidents and Julia is determined to find out what it means. This was one creepy little thriller. While the whole book wasn't creepy, taking the reader back to the holocaust might as well have been.
This was a very well written book and had great character development, duh, it's Tess Gerritsen.
I thoroughly enjoyed sitting out on my back patio today reading this book. I'm certainly glad that it was daylight as I would not want to start reading this before bedtime. The ending seemed like it was a little short, but all the answers were there, I guess I was just so into it that I wasn't ready for it to end. And it was a short read, under pages. I would say this book had everything you would want from a psychological thriller as my heart is still beating pretty fast.
I know there were several times during the book that I would just about jump out of my chair but that was because the ducks in the canal behind us would quack and I would be so into it that I would jump. Huge thanks to Ballantine Books and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I definitely recommend this very entertaining book!! 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, https: 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. Return Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen is her newest standalone novel. Returning home to her family, she finds things happening in her life that she cannot explain….. A series of events that affect her husband and her young daughter, has her travelling back to Italy — this time Venice, the place where she believes the Jewish waltz composer Lorenzo Todesco had lived.
The moving love story between him and Laura Balboni, a Catholic and a musician like him is incredibly heartbreaking. We see how the anti-Semitic laws that faced the Italian Jews during the 2nd World War — the horror and cruelty that people endured during that dark time. Mystery, history, drama, sadness, suspense…so many elements in this story. I thought the ending a bit rushed in some way and also the revelations somewhat implausible for me. Aug 23, Patrice Hoffman rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 co I'm hovering my mouse over the 2 and 3- star rating. While in Italy, Julia Ansdell finds an enchanting, yet complicated piece that she can barely contain her excitement to try and attempt once she returns home Boston. Julia begins to research the history of this ensemble once it brings out bizarre behavior in her young daughter that borders homicidal Playing with Fire gets a lot more interesting once the story of the young, naive, violinist prodigy Lorenzo Todesco.
I'm always interested in period novels that include the horrors on the Holocaust in the backdrop.
I'm still amazed that it happened and the amount of evil the human heart can contain. The Holocaust in Italy isn't always featured in your garden variety quick mystery read, so kudos to Gerritsen for including it here. Without giving away too much, I admit, this novel is a quick, fast paced, interesting read. There's no shortage of reasons to turn the page and stay involved in the stories of these two people separated by space and time. The issue is that neither story needed the other.
They were too thinly strung together just for the sake of a thicker book, not a better story. The characters were thin enough to be transparent. I swear I'm a huge Gerritsen fan, but I must be honest. Overall I thought that there were some missed opportunities to have a profound novel that explored the idea of whether our genes could somehow predict our murderous tendencies, or even a well researched historical thriller that told the story of an Italian families plight during World War II.
It could have been anything, but instead, it's more interesting to play with fire than read this book. Copy provided by Random House via Netgalley View all 4 comments. Sep 09, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was really multi-faceted in so many ways. 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 delic This book was really multi-faceted in so many ways. During the purchase, a delicate musical score escapes from the ancient pages of the book She pays heavily for that score in more ways than she could ever imagine. And so begins our story. The chapters are clearly headed as Julia and as Lorenzo. It's a fast-paced novel that keeps you turning the pages and the characters are well-defined.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. You could feel the musicality threaded throughout the story. Will be looking forward to Ms. I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.
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 tr Source: She did sound a little nuts when she was telling people that her toddler was trying to kill her though!
The storyline in this was all over the pace, we had Julia who was worried about her 3-year-old, Lily, and then other chapters about the composer of a piece of music in , and these chapters were really quite boring for me. The ending to this was also quite disappointing. Did the author just forget this storyline? 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 pie Julia Ansdell was window shopping in the streets of Rome before heading back home to America after a successful few days with her choir. The old book was filled with beautiful musical pieces on each page; as she gently opened it, a piece of crackly parchment fell to the floor — and as she quietly followed the musical score with her eyes she realised it was special; outstanding — she must have it… Back home, Julia settled back in to family life.
She had missed her family intensely and they had missed her. Married for ten years, she and Rob were supremely happy — Lily had been the child they never thought they would have. She knew she had to find answers before it was too late.
The ancient music seemed to have a life of its own — would she escape its clutches? Would her life ever be the same again? Another brilliant novel by author Tess Gerritsen! Playing with Fire is set in both s Italy and current day America and is narrated by Lorenzo and Julia. Based on fact, the historical notes by the author at the end of the book tell of the heartbreak of the Jews in Italy; though paling in comparison to occupied Europe.
Fast paced, I was completely unable to put Playing with Fire down and devoured it in a few hours. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. 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 Alternating between two storylines, Playing with Fire is part historical fiction - part current day thriller. She seems amazingly gifted as a physician, writer, and musician. Everyone who likes mysteries. Recommended to La Tonya by: Palladium Bookies Book Club. Julia Ansdell plays second violin in a women's quartet.
She has a husband and a beautiful three year daughter, Lily. During an international concert performance in Rome, she stops in an antiques shop and purchases an old book of music called "Gipsy" written in Italian. Inside this old book a sheet of music slips out which is handwritten in elegantly swooping letters called "Incendio", composed by L. It turns out this music is a death waltz that leads Julia to Venice to find out about th Julia Ansdell plays second violin in a women's quartet. It turns out this music is a death waltz that leads Julia to Venice to find out about the composer and why her three year old daughter is trying to kill her.
A haunting read that leaves you excited to find out the answers seventy years later. Val, is still not looking at me. The silence grows so thick between us that it will turn solid if I don't cut through it now. The sorrowful voice from my violin seems to sing of broken hearts and lost love, of dark forests and haunted hills. The sorrow turns to agitation. Here was where their interests aligned. Alberto's thiry-five-year-old daughter, Eloisa, was unmarried as well. Neither beautiful nor homely, she had no suitors in sight, and unless somehting was done about it, she would die a spinster.
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Add the first question. Playing with Fire gets a lot more interesting once the story of the young, naive, violinist prodigy Lorenzo Todesco. She plays the waltz for the first time one afternoon and is frightened by what seems to be its evil influence. The sorrowful voice from my violin seems to sing of broken hearts and lost love, of dark forests and haunted hills. So happy I took her advice as this was pure indulgence.
Nov 17, Althea Ann rated it it was ok. 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: I would highly recommend this book for fans of "Sarah's Key. Clearly, it works for many, many people. Even the movie is highly rated. For me, I didn't feel that either story was executed with the finesse that such subjects deserve. Neither achieved the depth of meaning that they're aiming for. I have to admit, in this book, there was a moment where I got a bit teary Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.
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