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Body Double | [Tess Gerritsen]

Body Double

Returning home from a trip to Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles confronts a nightmarish scene. Police cruisers line her street and slumped in a car at the end of Maura's driveway is a dead woman, her head bloodied by a gunshot wound. Cops and neighbors gape at her as she approaches. Only when Maura looks at the victim does she understand why everyone is so shocked by her arrival. The dead woman looks exactly like Maura.
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Publisher's Summary

Returning home from a trip to Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles confronts a nightmarish scene. Police cruisers line her street and slumped in a car at the end of Maura's driveway is a dead woman, her head bloodied by a gunshot wound. Cops and neighbors gape at her as she approaches. Only when Maura looks at the victim does she understand why everyone is so shocked by her arrival. The dead woman looks exactly like Maura. Within a week, the DNA lab delivers a stunning verdict: the dead woman is Maura's twin. A twin she never knew she had. Detective Jane Rizzoli, now eight months pregnant, tackles the case as chief investigator. But for Maura, this murder is far more personal and frightening.

©2004 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Contemporary Mystery, 2004

"An electric series of startling twists, the revelation of ghoulishly practical motives and a nail-biting finale make this Gerritsen's best to date. (Publishers Weekly)

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    Hans 09-12-12
    Hans 09-12-12
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    "too improbable"

    TG has produced some solid 4-star books in this series, but "Body Double" does not step-up. The main characters are well developed, but the plot is just too improbable.

    It starts off strong with a good plot hook, but then the improbabilities start to mount.

    So this dog has our heroines running around the North East for days/weeks all while impervious to the jurisdictional boundaries that seem to thwart their colleagues... No one seems to oversee what they do, where they do it, how many resources are consumed or how they spend their time... All while remaining real women w/ needs and endlessly obsessing over life's insecurities...

    Our heroines are probing the murder of (wait for it) a previously-unknown twin sister via the intersection of a convicted psychopathic mass-murderer, an un-discovered serial killer and a victim... Well, you don't see this everyday...

    Oh, btw one of them is 8+ months pregnant and somehow has avoided mandatory desk duty while freewheeling around across state lines on active duty -- with firearms... Don't you love those fiction-only interstate carry permits for local law enforcement?

    Of course, the heroines will capture the most prolific serial killing team in history (about 300-500 victims, depending on how you do the math) and generally save humanity as we know it --- all without colleagues, subpoenas, search warrants, jurisdiction.... or a phallus. But they do have an unlimited forensics budget, instant access to any test result/report/etc they want, FBI computer databases w/ custom searches and any other equally-improbable capability they may desire. I just love the latest ground penetrating radar available for instant access in remote Maine...

    I'm really confused by folks who give dogs like this 4/5 stars - just how much can a reader be expected to suspend belief?

    I realize that there is a fair amount of publisher's salt and friend's reviews built into Audible’s system (plus you start with 1 star out of the gate), but for something like this to have an average of 4.5 stars highlights the flaws in Amazon's review system.

    This book is 2-3 stars at best. If this were a film, it would get one thumb-up and one thumb-down...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 06-30-12
    L.W. 06-30-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Scary and well written"

    This is a scary story for me anyway. But it is woven so well I just had to get to the end. Very interesting book. Well narrated.

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    T. Trefan Calgary, Canada 01-17-12
    T. Trefan Calgary, Canada 01-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Book WRETCHED Narrator"

    OMG just PLEASE stop it with the bostonian accent!! It's like jaming scissors in my ear. I'm only continuing to listen cuz the story is good and I love Rizzoli and Isles.

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    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 09-06-11
    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 09-06-11
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    "Top Notch"

    When I finish on of Tess Gerritsens books i usuall say this is on of the best yet. This one is by far her best effort.

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    RobinR 06-14-11
    RobinR 06-14-11
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    "Awful narrator"

    The story is great. I love Gerritsen's work, but the narrator constantly mispronounces the main character's name (Rizzoli) and sounds half asleep !! Very annoying. Fortunately the storyline itself made up for the irritating narrator. My suggestion - by the book and read it yourself, or prepare for annoying accents and Ritzoli!

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    Karin Palos Heights, IL, United States 08-06-10
    Karin Palos Heights, IL, United States 08-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, terrible narrator"

    The story is great, but the narrator is below average. At times, at least to me, she mispronounces Rizzoli's name. It would've been more enjoyable as other reviewers have said, if the narrator at least changed the voices when a new or different character is speaking.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Myron Gilbert 09-17-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A high school level Patricia Cornwell wannabe"

    I was going to give this book up in the first hour, but as I didn't have anything else to listen to I stayed with it for another five. I had to stop with four hours to go as the story line, characters, dialog and the reader were all nerve racking. The story jumps from one storyline to another with the "anticipation" that it's all going to come togther. Most of the storyline is very predictable. As a character is asking questions I found myself asking better questions and providing better answers! The main character is supposed to be a doctor, but acts like an un-informed teenager. The author must have had a medical dictionary that she wanted to find a use for as she provides details that are supurfluous at best. She tries to develop characters and "love" interests, but the relationships are obvious as is what is going to happen next. It is a "who cares" plot. When I "talk back" to a book then I know it's time to listen to music and download another book.

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    Simone 07-01-05
    Simone 07-01-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Soooooo bad!!"

    This book is not worth any of anybodys hardisk space! It seemed like the author collected all her most stupid and unreal titbits and then made a book from them.
    Don't waste your time and money on this.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Houston, TX, USA 12-19-04
    Mark Houston, TX, USA 12-19-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Bad book, Horrible narrator"

    This audio book is like listening to white noise between radio stations. My mind keeps wandering. The monotone makes it hard to distinguish characters. The story is so juvenile and cliched that it could have been written by a high school student. The diolog is lame and the characters are developed as though by one who has seen too much television. I am a avid audio book listener and I have rarely felt the need to write a criticism. This is the exception to the rule.I wish I could send it back.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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