Friday, November 25, 2011

The Surgeon

"In her most masterful novel of medical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen creates a villain of unforgettable evil--and the one woman who can catch him before he kills again.
He slips into their homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, unaware of the horrors they soon will endure. The precision of the killer's methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the Boston newspapers and the frightened public to name him "The Surgeon."
The cops' only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a nearly identical crime. Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Now she hides her fears of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior and a well-earned reputation as a top trauma surgeon. 
Cordell's careful facade is about to crack as this new killer recreates, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell's own ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. Her only comfort comes from Thomas Moore, the detective assigned to the case. But even Moore cannot protect Cordell from a brilliant hunter who somehow understands--and savors--the secret fears of every woman he kills.
Filled with the authentic detail that is the trademark of this doctor turned author . . . and peopled with rich and complex characters--from the ER to the squad room to the city morgue--here is a thriller of unprecedented depth and suspense. Exposing the shocking link between those who kill and cure, punish and protect, The Surgeon is Tess Gerritsen's most exciting accomplishment yet."

Plot: The plot is a pretty typical crime novel, there is a serial killer and you have to find them and catch them. The difference between these and others though it this one is written so well and made easy to follow. (at least  for someone like me)
Characters: The main characters are Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, Dr. Catherine Cordell and of course our unsub The Surgeon. For being a main character I would say Moore is actually a pretty under written main character. I mean you know who he is and you understand it, but there isn't a lot more to him. Rizzoli's character actually kind of annoys me in this book. Again, it is hard to transition from knowing the TV character and then the book character. Although, played very similar to each others characters book Rizzoli seems more bitter and angry then TV Rizzoli who comes of as tough and edgy.
Pros: easy to follow, captivating read, would definitely continue with the series.
Cons: I found the romance between two of the characters to be uncomfortable and a few relationships to be useless to the story line
Final Thoughts: I am a big fan of the Rizzoli and Isle's TV Series, so when I discovered it was based on a book series I jumped at my chance to read them. Although, this is not a Rizzoli and Isles book it has Detective Jane Rizzoli and it builds up her character for the series. The TV series has a lot to do with this book, since the 1st episode of the series begins where this book ends. Also, the book is seen in this season's finale, since it has a lot to do with the series. And although I have seen some differences already between the TV and Book. I have over all enjoyed it. I really liked to book and it was one of the first Crime Fictions that really got down on my level. It is definitely a good book to read for a YA reader who wants to read a Crime Fiction novel, but can't find a great transitional series. This book is adult, while still appealing to a younger group.

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