The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

the surgeon

A little about this book without giving too much away……

Catherine Cordell is a doctor who was brutally raped two years ago, and she appears to be the link to a number of horrific murders that are happening in the Boston area, where the killer performs ritualistic acts of torture on his victims before killing them, but why is Catherine linked to this person. It is up to detective Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli to find all the answers and catch this killer before he strikes again.

Ok so the blurb on the back of the book goes into a bit more detail but you get the general idea of the story.

I started to get into Tess Gerritsen  novels when an old colleague passed me “Harvest” (another cracking book by the way) to take on holiday. I had always liked the idea of reading a murder thriller but never wanted to read one enough to go out and waste money on buying a book that I would get a few chapters into and then ditch it for something else – Boy was I wrong !!!!

I absolutely love Rizzoli & Isles the TV series but only started to watch the last few seasons so missed out on at least season 1-4 (which I am determined to get my hands on if they ever make it available in the UK). So how does this relate to The Surgeon, well, it was the first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series but having watched a few seasons, I felt like I could picture the characters because if watching it, although a lot of characters in the book don’t appear on the programme.

As with Harvest, I did struggle with all the medical terminology used and fancy words but personally I think that was a blessing in disguise. As those of you who read my journals are now aware, I really don’t like anything involving blood, guts or hospitals so the fact that I couldn’t understand things like ‘sinus tach’ or ‘systolic’ helped me to get through the yucky (sure that’s a technical term).

As with previous Tess Gerritsen books, I like that there is always some form of romance within the story whether it be just admiration from afar or a full blown relationship, this book is no different. I like that it is usually a detective and victim situation, makes you see that “cops” (sorry American slang coming out there) are human like the rest of us and not just robots.

This book isn’t for the faint hearted with the precise detail that it goes into, but at the same time, it will have you gripped from the off set. I have at least 13 more books by Tess Gerritsen (I thin it’s safe to say that she is in my top 3 author list) and I am looking forward to reading every one of them (even if they are the back catalogue stuff). I am hoping to get a few missing ones from the Rizzoli and Isles series so that I can happily say I have read the collection but that could be a while yet. Be prepared for when it does happen because the reviews will crazy.

I would love to be able to interview Tess and find out what amazing wonders go through her head making her stories an amazing read

I give this book 8.5/10

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pearl Angeli
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 13:19:02

    Nice review. 🙂


    • angiesworld
      Jun 27, 2014 @ 13:21:09

      Thank you. I am just currently reading The Apprentice, then I can write another one. Although I am struggling with this one a bit more, I forget how scary they can be 😉


  2. readingwhining
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 08:00:39

    wow! its absolutely amazing to find someone who shares the same interest in author here! I love tess frightfully, and I’m so glad you do too!


    • angiesworld
      Jun 29, 2014 @ 09:01:53

      Thanks. Yeah I think she’s brilliant and extremely scary at how descriptive her books are. They do scare me but can’t put them down either


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