- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (23 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345476972
- ISBN-13: 978-0345476975
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,046,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tess Gerritsens Vanish sports precisely those qualities that her much-acclaimed Body Double had in profusion: razor-sharp plotting, tight and economical characterisation and (most of all) the inexorable capture of the readers attention as her grim plot disturbingly unfolds.
Of course, none of this will come as a surprise to long-term Gerritsen fans (an ever-growing legion)--The Surgeon rang some fascinating changes on the serial killer theme, with a threat from the grave terrifying a doctor, and )--The Apprentice, with its killer utilising medical acumen, took no prisoners. But Body Double was the ace in the hole, with resourceful cop Jane Rizzoli tracking down the murderer of her doppelganger. Jane Rizzoli, readers will be glad to hear, is back in Vanish.
Medical examiner Maura Isles is looking at another body in a slab. Not a new experience for her, but shes in for another shock when the body opens its eyes and proves to be alive. And violence swiftly follows, as the mystery woman--strikingly beautiful--kills a security guard in the hospital shes taken to, before capturing a group of hostages. One of them is a pregnant woman--Detective Jane Rizzoli, no less. And if Jane can find out what this lethal abductor wants, she may be able to save her own life--and those of the other hostages. But the clock is ticking.
One might argue that Gerritsen has played safe with this scenario in terms of ratcheting up the tension. After all, a hostage situation is always surefire, with its constant threat of impending violence. But the author (as ever) studiously avoid clichés, and ensures a palm-sweating experience for the reader. A good notion, too, to make Jane Rizzoli more vulnerable in this outing.
--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"It's scary how good Tess Gerritsen is." (Harlan Coben) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Well, it's far from it. Vanish is one heck of a thriller, with the 'just one more chapter' feeling that has you racing to the end before you know it. You almost don't want it to end, because you've just spent the best part of the day caught up in it.
It's evident here that Tess Gerritsen has used Vanish to draw attention to politics and make the reader question the nature and validity of American policy with regard to terrorism. The book draws close parallels with real events, and one suspects that the seed of the plot has a strong link with actual happenings. But make no mistake about it. Vanish is first and foremost a work of fiction, and the latest in an increasingly excellent series.
Tess Gerritsen is onto a winner. She has likeable heroines in Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. She has the ability to leave the reader spellbound and compelled by the stories she creates, desperate to know what is going to happen next. And she is virtually unrivalled in the genre at the moment, having left a good deal of crime writers in her wake.
Read this book. Do it now.
My only complaint is that it doesn't seem like you're really getting your moneys worth because it's impossible not to devour this book in one sitting! But if you're after an intense fast paced read then you have to get this book.
This all occurs at the same time as Rizzoli is pregnant and going into labor. For me, using a mother who had literally just given birth as the lead detective chasing the bad guys was a little unbelievable, and was a major weakness of the plot. At one point, she is in pursuit of the killer whilst holding her 2 week old baby in her arms, which is pretty silly I think. Also, the story is kinda rushed at the end, which is disappointing after a good build-up.
Overall, it is still an enjoyable book to read, and one Tess Gerritsen fans should read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book and faultless service. Could not have asked for more.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book started with a sequence of events that a person just knows is going to collide at some point and unravel everything the story offers along its way as it goes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Herbert
Gerritsen was on top of her game with this one! It'd excellently constructed, keeps you interested and just different enough from its predecessors to keep you enthralled! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chris
The fifth bok in the series which keeps getting better. Great story and believable characters who develop more in each book. Ready for the next one.Published 6 months ago by Minkymoo
Of the first five books this was the one I was looking forward to the most. With Rizzoli as a hostage it seemed as though the book would be brilliant. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Siobhan
I love watching Rizzoli and Isles on TV, it’s one of my favourites.
So I decided I’d buy some Tess Gerritsen novels to see if they were just as good and I wasn’t... Read more
Brilliant as always had to keep turning the page to find out what's going to happen next looking forward to reading book 6 in the seriesPublished 8 months ago by Trust