Body Double (Review)

Book cover for "Body Double" by Tess Gerritsen.Title: Body Double

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Publication Year: 2004

Pages: 432

Genre: Fiction, Crime

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Dr. Maura Isles makes her living dealing with death. As a pathologist in a major metropolitan city, she has seen more than her share of corpses every day – many of them victims of violent murder. But never before has her blood run cold, and never has the grim expression “dead ringer” rung so terrifyingly true. Because never before has the lifeless body on the medical examiner’s table been her own.

Yet there can be no denying the mind-reeling evidence before her shocked eyes and those of her colleagues, including Detective Jane Rizzoli: the woman found shot to death outside Maura’s home is the mirror image of Maura, down to the most intimate physical nuances. Even more chilling is the discovery that they share the same birth date and blood type. For the stunned Maura, an only child, there can be just one explanation. And when a DNA test confirms that Maura’s mysterious doppelgänger is in fact her twin sister, an already bizarre murder investigation becomes a disturbing and dangerous excursion into a past full of dark secrets.

Searching for answers, Maura is drawn to a seaside town in Maine where other horrifying surprises await. But perhaps more frightening, an unknown murderer is at large on a cross-country killing spree. To stop the massacre and uncover the twisted truth about her own roots, Maura must probe her first living subject: the mother that she never knew . . . an icy and cunning woman who could be responsible for giving Maura life – and who just may have a plan to take it away.

(This is the fourth book in the Rizzoli & Isles series, after The Surgeon, The Apprentice, and The Sinner.)

To be honest, this was my least favourite book of the series so far. While I enjoyed the extensive focus on Isles and her backstory, I just felt like everything was too far-fetched and unbelievable. I can see why they would change her story so much for the television series – not only is Isles’ history in the book a bit too dark for the kind of show it is, but I think it would just fall flat as too much make-believe.

Once I got past the disbelief, though, I let myself get swept away in the craziness of the story. And crazy it definitely is! It’s a wild ride, with lots of plot twists, and the continuation of the Maura/pastor relationship (seriously! it’s crazy!) was a guilty pleasure. But Body Double definitely isn’t the same kind of realistic crime story that Gerritsen is usually so good for, so don’t expect it going in.


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