Vanish (Review)

Book cover for "Vanish" by Tess Gerritsen.Title: Vanish

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Publication Year: 2005

Pages: 432

Genre: Fiction, Crime

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.

Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.

Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane’s husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer’s identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.

Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it – if she survives the night.

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

Though I have to admit that I didn’t really love the sudden pregnancy loop that Rizzoli’s character was thrown for in the series, I liked the way that this novel tied that subplot into the overall arc of the books. Whereas the pregnancy tangent in the television series was treated as kind of a throwaway plot twist that disappeared almost as quickly as it came, Gerritsen treated it with much more thoughtful attention in the books.

I also liked the conspiracy-style storyline of this book in particular. It was interesting and a bit in-your-face but not so overdone that it stretched the boundaries of what I want to read in a crime novel.

Not my favourite in the series, but not to be discounted, either.


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