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.
©2005 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Never fails to deliver chilling suspense...leaves the reader breathless." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Drawing on current events, Gerritsen's latest novel is a tense, taut thriller that grabs readers from the get-go and never lets up." (Booklist)
"It's scary how good Tess Gerritsen is; this is crime writing at its unputdownable, nerve-tingling best." (Harlan Coben)
This was a fabulous read. The characters were interesting, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. What I like best about this writer is the realism she interjects in her stories - happy endings are not a foregone conclusion. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but will say the plot she lays out is believable. You find yourself really caring about the characters and cheering for the "good guys." Definitely worth the read.
The writing style is a little more gritty than some books I have read, more detailed on the science side. But I like that, Ms. Gerritsen's style is refreshing, her characters are are well developed and I look forward to reading more of her books. I hope Audible gets the rest of her titles in unabridged formats soon.
This is the first of Gerritson's books I downloaded, and compared to the other authors/readers I have listened to, this book has got to be one of the worst. I find the narrators voice to be grating, to the extent that I probably won't even finish this book. This is the first book I have gotten from Audible that I haven't enjoyed. Very disappointing.
The storyline was engrossing as well as terrifying. It was one of those books I couldn't wait to get back to. The only downfall was the Bostonian accent sounded more like 'Jersey', but if you can look beyond that, it was a very worthy read.
This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Her writing flows easily and she has you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's one of those rare books where you are wishing it wouldn't end. My next book will be another one by Tess Gerritsen.
Definately a winner!
Admitedly, I am a Tess Gerritsen fan. This was my first "audio Gerritsen" and I wasn't disaapointed.....it kept my attention until the very end. The narrator was a little difficult to understand when she switched to a different charactor that had an accent.....but all and all it was a great listen!
I thought this was a really good listen. At times I was very disturbed about the situations with the women, that I had to turn the player off and listen after a few min. For a woman its your worst nightmare for yourself as well as for your daughters. I really liked the story and it always kept my attention!!
I loved this book, as I do most of Tess's books. It kept me glued to the Ipod again. I love the characters, especially Maura, and Jane. I recommend this book and Tess's books to anyone who loves mysteries.
Tess's books are rivitting. I love every one of them. I actually buy them in hard back also. I read them and listen to them. This one inparticular interested me more. I just really enjoyed the flow and ideas of this book.
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