The Surgeon (Review)

Book cover for "The Surgeon" by Tess Gerritsen.Title: The Surgeon

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Publication Year: 2002

Pages: 384

Genre: Fiction

Source: E-book borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. The precision of his methods suggests that he is a deranged man of medicine, prompting the Boston newspapers to dub him “The Surgeon.” Led by Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, the cops must consult the victim of a nearly identical crime: Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and filled an attacker before he could complete his assault. Now this new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell’s ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. And neither Moore nor Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands — and savors — the secret fears of every woman he kills.

I would never have heard of this series if it weren’t for the television show Rizzoli & Isles. So sometimes tv can be a good thing, right?

I knew going in that the character of Maura Isles wouldn’t be in The Surgeon, but what I didn’t know was that the character of Rizzoli isn’t really the same, either. In the tv series, she’s a rough-and-tumble female cop, yes, and sometimes seems to be trying too hard to prove herself, but that’s the key word … sometimes. In this book, I kind of didn’t even like her character. She was trying too hard, it seemed, and I wanted to empathize with her but couldn’t always. I could usually understand where she was coming from, but there were times where I didn’t at all “get” her.

Having said that, I liked the book as a whole. The characters were generally good, and I liked the shift of narrators to give a more complete view of the story. For a crime novel, which I don’t normally read, The Surgeon did good.


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