Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review: "The Surgeon" (Tess Gerritsen)

Surgeon Dr. Catherine Cordell lives cautiously, ever since what happened to her two years ago, when she was attacked and nearly died at the hands of a serial killer. In that incident, she managed to free herself and fatally wound the killer. After that, she moved away to rebuild her life and start over, and it works for a while.

Until a copycat killer stalks her to Boston and starts murdering young women in the same gruesome way the original killer did: by cutting out their wombs while they are conscious, and then slitting their throats. 

Detectives Jane Rizzoli, an embittered and relentless woman out to prove herself in a male-dominated world, and Thomas Moore, her quiet-mannered partner, are assigned the current cases and notice the pattern between the two different killers. That Catherine is the intended target becomes increasingly apparent, as she finds even her home and career under siege.

What none of them suspects is that the killer could be someone who works right alongside any one of them, day after day, planning his next move with intimate foreknowledge and deadly intent.



A New York Times bestseller, The Surgeon is the first book in thriller author Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series (prior to Isles's joining the team). Gerritsen is renowned for her expertise in creating the most hair-raising, suspense-packed scenarios and throwing her characters (conflicted, believable, empathetic) into the mix.

There is never any question that the book will be well-written; literary agent and author Donald Maass cites The Surgeon in his fantastic work, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, as an example of a book that goes above and beyond average expectations and commands vast attention because of its excellence.

Rizzoli, in particular, may appeal most to readers because of her struggle to define herself and her worth in the male-dominated world of law enforcement. Her bitterness, resentment, and callous exterior conceal a courageous heart absolutely committed to enacting justice on behalf of the oppressed ... which is why, when she finds herself embroiled in a scandal and demoted to desk duty, her actions are even more sympathetic.

What is most horrific about the work in terms of the terror factor is the chillingly realistic possibility that what happens to the characters --- to the murder victims --- could very easily happen to anyone. Does any one of us ever really know enough about the others with whom we come into contact in our daily lives? Enough to be entirely assured that another person is not driven by an insane obsession for our demise?

It's a question worth pondering.

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Author: Tess Gerritsen
Title: The Surgeon
Series: Rizzoli and Isles (Book #1)
ISBN: 978-0-345-44784-5
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1zaLuDl

Disclaimer: The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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