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Vanish Hardcover – 23 Aug 2005

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Product details

  • 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 Gerritsen’s 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 reader’s 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 she’s 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 she’s 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.

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"It's scary how good Tess Gerritsen is." (Harlan Coben) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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It's a tough theme but in R&I series we get all kinds of themes. You get to follow in first person the most important moments. And you can feel your arms' little hairs standing up while reading it...Rizzoli also goes through a rough moment. You need to take a deep breath after reading this book.
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Great book,full of mystery and twists
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terrific plot - suspense to the end. Tess Gerritsen never fails to surprise and engross the reader
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An exciting and riveting read. Glad "mother" was punished and suffered at the end. Was worried about Jane at end but had a feeling Mila would save her, Solved ex out the reporter at the beginning.
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Usual high standard, a good read.
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There's a sense with Tess Gerritsen of waiting for a novel that doesn't live up to her usual standards. After all, you don't get any better than The Surgeon, and somehow she's managed to consistently deliver the goods with all the follow-up Rizzoli/Isles novels. Vanish has been eagerly awaited, and one could only hope it wasn't a let down.

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.
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As a newcomer to Gerritsen (having previously only read The Surgeon) I was certainly not disapointed with Vanish. In fact I found this to be even more exciting and fastpaced. Like other readers I finished it in a day and am now well and truly hooked! I went straight online to order several more of her books. The characterisation is strong and after just one book you emphathise and become attached to the characters of Jane Rizzoli (police detective) and Maura Isles (medical examiner). The use of up to date world events in the story(such as recent terroist attacks)makes the plot more believable and real. Another good point is that you are not bombarded with lots of names and too many subplots which happens in some crime fiction and can make for a confusing read.
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.
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I'm a big fan of Tess Gerritsen and her stories with medical examiner Maura Isles, and Detective Jane Rizzoli. In this story, Dr. Isles discovers a 'corpse' which is still breathing, and then later escapes. It turns out that this lady has a mysterious history, and the quest to discover her true identity and her story begins.

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.
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