Tess Gerritsen again weaves frighteningly realistic medical detail into heart-stopping suspense, as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent epidemic - before it destroys everything she loves.
Lapped by the gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city, and the lingering memory of his father's death. She's also hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the news of a shocking incident: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence.
Claire has stopped prescribing a controversial drug to the troubled boy, a decision that some in town now second-guess. But before she can defend herself, a rash of new teenage violence erupts in Tranquility, forcing Claire to perform increasingly risky emergency procedures. And when one of her patients dies, the town's panic turns to fury.
Shaken by accusations, and fearful that Noah is now at risk, Claire desperately searches for a medical cause behind the murderous epidemic. She begins to suspect that the placid waters of Locust lake conceal a disturbing history - and an insidiously lethal danger. But while Claire races to save the town - and her son - from harm, she discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter.
©2010 Tess Gerritson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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"[An] intricate thriller... a tale sure to fascinate." (Stephen King)
"Tess Gerritsen is an automatic must-read in my house; what Anne Rice is to vampires, Gerritsen is to the tale of medical suspense. She is better than Palmer, better than Cook... yes, even better than Crichton. If you've never read Gerritsen, figure in the price of electricity when you buy your first novel by her... 'cause baby, you are going to keep it up all night." ( People)
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3 out of 5 stars
By mollyeyre on 09-03-13

Not up to Tess Gerritsen's usual standard

This book was worth a listen to, but the story was rather unbelievable, and I did feel irritated by the mother/son/guilt-trip. The book did keep my interest though, and I wanted to see it through to the end. For this reason I feel that 3 stars are warranted. I usually enjoy Tess Gerritsen's work more than I did this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pottery Debs on 06-03-13

Scared the snot out of me!

This is an excellent medical suspense thriller, which really kept me gripped. I tend to listen to audiobooks in bed (too lazy to turn pages whilst I'm trying to doze off) and in this case that was something of a miscalculation because my sub-conscious had obviously worked out something of the plot, which then got into my dreams, and I woke up (coincidentally with a blocked nose... but I don't want to give too much away) yelling in panic! So, in my humble opinion, well worth a listen, but perhaps not late at night unless you want to wake the whole street.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-11-16


I have finally figured it out. Tess Gerritsen has been reincarnated several times and she remembers all her former lives. It is the only way she could know what it is like to be a teenage boy, girl, old man, old woman, middle aged, in love, not loved, etc... She gets all these emotions perfect. In most of her books I always feel a connection to her. She is one of my favorites and this is one of my favorites.

Had this been written today, instead of the 90's this would probably be a Zombie book. It has a lot of the elements that make a good Zombie story. Parts are scary, parts are gory, parts are science weird and it is mostly suspenseful. This is early Tess, when she wrote mostly on the edge and her writing was closer to Koontz and King. This is before she became famous with Rizzoli. Her writing today is a lot tamer and aimed more at the gentler gender.

TG is famous for her young doctors who get into trouble for doing the right thing and going against the establishment. This is no different. If you have ever found yourself having to take an unpopular stand, you will appreciate the main character and how well TG makes you feel what the character is going through. Some of the side stories are cute, such as Elwin and the Witch. The story also has lots of twists and some science. I loved it.

Richard Poe
He is perfect.

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4 out of 5 stars
By kelly on 06-08-11

strange, but kept me interested

I have just become a fan of T. Gerritsen and this story had me shakning my head at times trying to figure out what was going on. Keep with it and it all comes together.

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