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)
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.
This book was boring, poorly written and poorly read. Very disappointing! The plot was either predictable or implausible....
I am new to Tess Gerritsen so going sole on the reviews of others I started with this title. Very good story line. The reader seems to slow a little in the middle but the story picks up and so does the readers excitement. I am looking for to the next selection from Gerritsen?s collection. It is defiantly worth your time if you like police type drama stuff.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The characters and storyline were quite belieable, which lended to the suspense factor. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep things moving along nicely. The narrator does change voices if you care about such things. As a crime mystery, this is worth the money.
I did listen to the entire book and like some other reviwers, I had figured out "the big secret" about halfway through the book, if not sooner. I did enjoy the story told from the perspective of one of the secondary characters, but Jane Rizoli's voice was annoying and often times grating. Overall, it was a good book with an easy plot to follow but this will not be one I listen to again.
Vanish moves fast and kept me wanting to hear more. The bad guys were sufficiently evil and the good guys were fine. Not too much on character development, but Rizzoli is as good as usual.
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