My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vanish by Tess Gerittsen
I started reading the novels of this brilliant story-weaver almost certainly about 2002, while I was recovering at home from yet more surgery, Maureen bought the book for me, thinking I would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the medical thrillers of Michael Crichton. Well, she wasn’t wrong they are fantastic; Tess Gerittsen is a marvellous writer and not just of the medical thriller but the entire murder/mystery genre, go on giver a go you won’t be disappointed.
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double. A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.
Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.
Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane’s husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer’s identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.
Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it–if she survives the night.
What Do I Think?
When it comes to thrillers Tess Gerritsen is the cream of the crop, why? She constantly writes inventive nerve-jangling, tales that are beyond doubt filled with forceful and multifaceted characters.
I just find irresistible the relationship of Dr. Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli and in this tale they are at their best trying to solve their latest case which is not only imaginative it’s riveting.
I found this story an incredibly high-speed read and one that utterly held my attention from the start, Tess has a way of hooking you as soon as you sit down to read one of her stories, for me that is the mark of a remarkable story-weaver.
All my favourite characters reappear for this story and it was fascinating to see how Tess had developed her characters since they first appeared.
Vanish is one hell of a murder mystery, with that “just one more page”’ promise that has you reading more and more, you can’t put it down but you don’t want it to end, but you want to know “who dun it”
I think that like all authors Tess Gerritsen attempts to use her stories to highlight certain topics, subjects that they are passionate about or have a concern about and to me it’s apparent that Tess has used “Vanish” to bring to our consideration the topic of terrorism and the way politicians deal with it, I like that in a work of fiction when the author can highlight concerns of real-life topics.
Tess Gerritsen is a superb story-weaver; she has developed agreeable heroines in Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, she has the gift of leaving the reader enthralled by the stories she weaves, and wanting very much to know what happens next.
Read this book and read it now you won’t be disappointed.
- Really . . . Ice Cold (hopeofglory.typepad.com)
- Jackie K. Cooper: The Silent Girl Features the “Real” Rizzoli and Isles (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rizzoli and Isles Is Following Me Around! (booksthatbore.wordpress.com)
- TNT Renews Rizzoli & Isles for a 15 Episode 3rd Season (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)