Sunday, March 14, 2010

Review #12: The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Surgeon

Author: Tess Gerritsen
Release Date: August 21, 2001
Genre: Medical Thriller
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Source: Bought/Bookstore
Synopsis: Today they will find her body. I know how it will happen. I can picture, quite vividly, the sequence of events that will lead to the discovery…

In Boston, there's a killer on the loose. A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician - a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them. But as homicide detective Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful medic with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and attempted murder but she shot her attacker dead. Now she is being targeted by the new killer who seems to know all about her past, her work, and where she lives. The man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her.
The Surgeon is a remarkable, wonderfully well-written thriller. I had never read such an amazing story like this in my whole life. I am serious. The killer's speech feels so real! While reading, I had the feeling that someone was watching me, like... It's scaring.

So many mysteries behind every little thing of the investigation... There's a moment when they induce hypnosis in the main victim, Catherine Cordell, so she can remember things from the crime scene, which is also
minutely described. It's been carried with me forever, I don't know why, but I always remember this part. And, then, the end is pretty unexpected (at least, it was for me). I didn't even imagine who the killer would be, where he'd live, how would he act under certain circumstances of the story.

I recommend it to all of you, bookaholic people, who likes well-written thrillers! Like everybody knows, Tess is one of the best and I am so honored to have the opportunity of reading her books.

Overall: ★★★★★


  1. Great review Raila! It's been a while since I've read this one, so I think I may be re-reading the series soon. I love her books! :)

  2. I haven't read too many thrillers, but this one sounds really good. Excellent review Raila! :)

  3. Great review! sounds like an interesting read!

  4. This was the very first Tess Gerritsen book that I've read and after reading this book I became a fan. For me up to now, this book is her best yet. I agree with all the things that you've said about someone who seems to be watching you while reading this book. Tess's ability as a writer will make you imagine the killer as if it is very real that you are drawn to the book like a magnet. and the ending? that was a shocker...and a bit gross don't you think? Great review! GOD bless!


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