Tess Gerritsen did an excellent job on this book and the narrator was head on with the different voices. It is thrilling and I became very absorbed in the plot. I highly recommend this book to all Tess Gerritsen fans!
TG has produced some solid 4-star books in the Rizzoli series, but The addition of Isles has really set the series on a downward spiral.
I not even going to cover all the plot issues with this dog... Let's just say that a 9+ months pregnant and overdue police detective is usually placed on desk duty at least and typically mandatory maternity leave, not tackling offenders and other completely improbable activities.
This book is 2 stars at best. If this were a film, it would get two thumbs-down
I loved this story. But I should have read it myself. Susan Denaker made this great mystery novel sound more like a dramatic reading of a Harlequin Romance. She nearly ruined the story. To make matters worse, her Boston accents were more like NYC and they were so horribly inconsistent that I had difficulty figuring out who was speaking.
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
Another Gerritsen winner. Young Russian girls are promised a better, new life in America, and are taken to the US via Mexico only to learn that their "guides" are really kidnappers. Their "new life" is one of captivity as they are sold into prostitution rings, and live a life of fear and brutality. Rizzoli, being eight months pregnant in this story is written with the perfect balance of her usual finely-honed detective skills, while being physically limited to do the physical part of her job. She ends up being a hostage of two people desperately trying to find a way to send their message of truth to the world about the story of the vanishing girls before they are killed by those trying to silence them, but Jane ends up becoming the perfect person to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once again a terrible narrator... *sigh*... but can't demote the rating of the book because Brilliance Audio can't find the right person to "be" Jane Rizzoli.
Another winner, Tess you make me feel like I am standing right next to Jane. The unique way you tie all the information together and how it flows is excellent! OK, I am hooked. I am sitting in my drive at the end of my day again listening to another one of Tess's books. I think it is all over for a character when you bring the subjects right to the edge of the abyss and somehow throw them a rope at the last minute. Excellent! Thank you Tess
Just got an audible.com membership for Christmas, and this was my first downloaded book. I really loved this book - once I finished it, I looked for more by TG. I really enjoyed the narrator - she really gave Jane's "voice" an authentic feel. I would recommend this author and this book to anyone who is interested in this genre.
This book brings across quite shockingly the underworld of the flesh trade that occurs in our world just beneath the veneer of our civilization. I enjoyed and the good read by the narrator. An exciting read.
When a Russian teenager and her friend are given a free passage to America, little do they realize they will be forced into the seedy underworld of forced prostitution. Can medical examiner Maura Isles and her Boston PD friends help before its too late?
I listened to the unabridged audio edition of "Vanish", and while I liked it, I found the book irritated me on some levels. The constant head-hopping between the three major protagonists was irksome. I much prefer books with one perspective. But three? Annoying. This is especially jarring in audio.
Second, I found the story somewhat clich?: "hardened female medical examiner casually searching for clues as she dissects bodies and dishes out justice" has been done to death in major contemporary fiction. Frankly I'm a bit bored by the inevitable dissection and chest-cavity-probing scenes.
Finally, the characters- For a story which centers upon tough female characters there is a whole lot of female characters in constant jeopardy. This became tedious after a while. It would be nice to see a male character in need of rescue once in a while. I also grew really really bored with the discussions of childbirth and breastfeeding... And the scenes where the male FBI agent is telling his Police investigator wife that he 'just wants her to stay home and be safe...' Had my eyeballs rolling in my head. The ensuing fight scene made me wince. Perhaps if I'd gotten to know these characters I might CARE why they are having a fight. As it was, I just found the husband condescending and irritating and the wife self-pity annoying and prayed the couple would get back to investigating very soon.
This is my first Gerritsen book, so I take it there are a whole series of novels which introduces these characters and explains their convoluted relationships. I wish sequels would say so on the cover so I know what I'm getting into before downloading it! Hmmm... I found this novel good, but nothing to shout about 3 stars.