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This is one of those books that captured my attention and carried me along unable to stop returning to the recording until I reached the end; and then I felt sorry that the story was over as I'd felt so involved with the plight of forensic pathologist Maura Isles and the quest to find her by her police-woman friend, Jane Rizzoli. It's a great listen with surprising twists and turns necessary to any good thriller. The reader is excellent.
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I've always enjoyed Gerritsen's books and the characters of Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli. But this story is so full of holes and completely bizarre behavior that I kept listening just to discover what inane twists Gerritsen would add next. Maura is just plain whiney for the first part of the book -- is she surprised that having an affair with a Catholic priest is a recipe for heartache? -- and then we have to listen to endlessly banal conversations as she goes on an ill-fated road trip with an irresponsible medical colleague and his dysfunctional friends. Worst part is that Maura -- who comes across as prisisy and priggish -- is always a step ahead of these people in terms of foreseeing problems, and yet she lets Dr. Doug, aka Peter Pan, lead the group into one disaster after another. There's a ridiculous case of a corpse being misidentified that would have lasted about 30 seconds if someone had actually bothered to check dental records BEFORE the funeral -- what kind of investigators are these people? After an impressive body count and a few false "solutions" to the crimes, the story ends with a reference to some unspoken clue that will affect one of the character's futures. Is it something we're supposed to remember from a previous book? Or is it a starting-off point for the next novel? Either way, it's the final frustration in a frustrating novel.
30 of 32 people found this review helpful
Let it be known that I was reading or listening to TG before she became famous for her TV show. This being the tenth book of TG that I have listened to I rank it in the upper middle.
I have always been interested in the stories that TG tells. I am not normally a mystery reader, but Tess always throws in enough weird stuff to keep my interest.
This story has plenty of the unusual. I like the village that is hidden in the middle of nowhere and then the entire population just disappears. The story about the lost boys. The reference to off Mormon sects. As some one who grew up in the seventies, I remember the Moonies and James Jones and Waco. Some people may think this stuff is way out there and the rape of young girls does not happen today. I suggest you listen to Jon Krakauer's Banner Under Heaven. I thought the story got very intense when the group was stuck in the middle of nowhere and they had to decide if they should amputate the leg of one of the badly injured party. Can you imagine trying to make that decision?
I wish I would have read this book, before I did a speech in high school on if you should look before you leap. I think Tess does a good job of showing what happens when you live with a devil may care attitude.
There where parts of the story that where very weak. but it was not enough to keep me from enjoying the book.
The narrator was not so good. She had most of her characters speaking in a cadence, At the end of each sentence there would be a pause like a comedian giving one liners. I expected to hear laughter or a drum roll.
My favorite Gerrtisen books are, Life Support, Gravity, The Surgeon and The Apprentice.
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