A serial killer is on the loose in Boston. The victims are killed in a particularly nasty way: cut with a scalpel on the stomach, the intestines and uterus removed, and then the throat slashed. The killer obviously has medical knowledge and has been dubbed “the Surgeon” by the media. Detective Thomas Moore and his partner Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit have discovered something that makes this case even more chilling. Years ago in Savannah a serial killer murdered in exactly the same way. He was finally stopped by his last victim, who shot him as he tried to cut her. That last victim is Dr. Catherine Cordell, who now works as a cardiac surgeon at one of Boston’s prestigious hospitals. As the murders continue, it becomes obvious that the killer is drawing closer and closer to Dr. Cordell, who is becoming so frightened that she is virtually unable to function. But she is the only person who can help the police catch this copycat killer. Or is it a copycat? To complicate matters even further, Detective Moore, often referred to as Saint Thomas as he continues to mourn the loss of his wife, is getting emotionally involved with the doctor.
The Surgeon is the first book in the Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles Series and it is a positive that I will be reading all of the books. The Mephisto Club is also included in this series as the 6th book, though for that book you don’t have to read all of those that were written before but it could have helped me to understand the characters a little better. So now I am on a roll and committing to reading the whole series in order except for that one book.
The Surgeon, is very well written with great character development and relationship to one another. There is a full range of personalities, which clash at times making them more realistic.
As with the previous books that I have read from Tess Gerritsen, I am gripped from the beginning and have a very hard time putting it aside to deal with everyday life. This is the same with The Surgeon, which also makes me look over my shoulder at times, wondering could someone be watching me. Probably not as I am not the most exciting person in the world but I get into the book.
But imagine being someone who survives an attack, you kill your attacker on the scene. You try to start a new life and everything is going well other than your distrust in the world and the need to have several locks on your doors and windows. Your work is going well; you even have someone who is interested in you. It all seems to be better till the messages and ‘gifts’ start coming to your work and you are now connected to a current case. The downhill roll begins and you become paranoid beyond your previous obsessive compulsions. Someone from your past is trying to talk to you, to let you know he is hunting again.
I would not only recommend this book but also the author, Tess Gerritsen, and her other writings. I am sure one day I will re-read the series, a huge compliment on my behalf.
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