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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 Riz 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 doctor with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and shot her attacker dead. Now the man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her...


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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 Riz 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 doctor with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and shot her attacker dead. Now the man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her...

30 review for Wegwa Euisa (Rizzoli & Isles #1)

  1. 3 out of 5

    Punk

    Thriller. Trigger Warning for discussion of rape. Let's review: 1. "He identifies and removes only the organ he wants. Nothing more. And what he wants is the womb." [...] "He hates women," she said. "He cuts out the one thing that makes them women." (p.60) 2. Ignoring the water bottle and the disgusting object it contained... (p.67) 3. "'She thought: "It's my fault. I shouldn't have been so careless." But that's how it is with women.' She looked directly at Moore. 'We blame ourselves for everythin Thriller. Trigger Warning for discussion of rape. Let's review: 1. "He identifies and removes only the organ he wants. Nothing more. And what he wants is the womb." [...] "He hates women," she said. "He cuts out the one thing that makes them women." (p.60) 2. Ignoring the water bottle and the disgusting object it contained... (p.67) 3. "'She thought: "It's my fault. I shouldn't have been so careless." But that's how it is with women.' She looked directly at Moore. 'We blame ourselves for everything, even when it's the man who does the fucking.'" (p.126) 4. Above all, he did not want her to think him condescending. More than any woman he'd ever met, she commanded his respect. (p.136) 5. Hair was so very personal. A woman wears it, sleeps with it. It carries fragrance and color and texture. A woman's very essence. No wonder Catherine had been horrified to learn that a man she did not know possessed such an intimate part of her. (p.195) 6. "He only assaults women who act like victims." (p.247) 1. So a womb is the thing that makes a woman! Glad we solved that. 2. This is Rizzoli thinking and the "disgusting object" is actually a tampon. I'm assuming it's unused because how would a bunch of men get a used tampon, let alone shove it into a bottle of mineral water, but how could a clean tampon be considered disgusting unless you hate women and/or female bodies? 3. Fucking! A word with excellent shock value! HOWEVER, fucking is sex. Rape is not sex. Sorry, but you're only perpetuating the misconception that rape is just a kind of unhappy sex. Also nice is how this character (angry, possibly man-hating, woman) is saying that all women blame themselves for being raped. 4. Oh no, it's not condescending at all to be given respect for being a particular kind of woman, rather than simply a human being. You have to respect the ladies in a different way than you respect men. Because otherwise that might lead to gender equality. 5. Yes, Thomas, that's why Catherine was horrified to find out that HER RAPIST HAD CUT A LOCK OF HER HAIR AS A KEEPSAKE. Because hair smells good, and is infused with womanly essences. NOT BECAUSE IT'S COMPLETELY INVASIVE AND CREEPY AS FUCK. And that final quote. Do I even have to explain that no woman acts like a victim? The problem with this book is that it revolves around a murderer who hunts, terrorizes, dismembers, and kills women. So let's assume he hates women, or at least harbors a lot of rage toward them. Then there are the male psychologists who are attempting to understand him, and thus, in a professional setting, use words like "bitch," for instance. Are they trying to mimic what they see as the thought patterns of the suspect or do they routinely refer to women as bitches? It's not clear. There's little to no framing language or verbal hedging that allows us to make that distinction. The male detectives are trying to track and identify the subject, but they don't let that stop them from enjoying a good rape joke at the crime scene; meanwhile Saint Thomas (he of the dead wife) feels vaguely unhappy about it but doesn't do anything to stop them. Even Rizzoli, who is female herself, seems to dislike, suspect, and resent women almost as much as her male colleagues do. I can't separate the narrative from the authorial intent. All I know is that it sucks, okay? It's full of rape, casual misogyny, and an almost subliminal devotion to the idea that women are VICTIMS VICTIMS VICTIMS. Also, according to this, the sole thing that makes a person female is the uterus or -- god help me -- womb as they insist on calling it half the time. Again, that's probably just what the detectives see as the suspect's mindset, but the conflation of uterus and womb is problematic on any level. Not everybody's uterus is a womb. After all that it seems petty to complain about the stilted introspection, the purple prose, the lengthy italicized sections where the murderer talks about his craft in the most pretentious language imaginable, or the fact that I didn't like any of the characters, but I'm still going to complain. Rizzoli might grow on me, though, so that leaves me with the difficult decision of whether to give Gerritsen another try. This is a mediocre book about a terrible subject made worse by clumsy writing about rape, VICTIMS (not, let's be clear, survivors), and being female in a male world. Um, not recommended for anyone. I've read a lot of trashy thrillers in my time and I will shrug off a lot of iffy things in the interest of mindless entertainment, but this set my mind into angry overdrive. Not relaxing at all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    The Surgeon is a brilliantly written medical thriller, that will have you gripped and terrified from page one until you finish the novel. As a avid reader of mystery, suspense thrillers, this novel delivered so much more. It was all a game. The Surgeon fed on terror. He attacked women who were victims. He was always in control. The victims had been tied down, raped and gutted. Three women had been raped but only one victim had reported her rape to the police. All three had sought medical attenti The Surgeon is a brilliantly written medical thriller, that will have you gripped and terrified from page one until you finish the novel. As a avid reader of mystery, suspense thrillers, this novel delivered so much more. It was all a game. The Surgeon fed on terror. He attacked women who were victims. He was always in control. The victims had been tied down, raped and gutted. Three women had been raped but only one victim had reported her rape to the police. All three had sought medical attention in different places. The Surgeon had been attracted to their pain. The story begins with a successful physician named Catherine Cordell who was nearly murdered a few years back in Savannah but lived to tell the tale because she blew her attacker away before he could finish the job. With her attacker's death, the string of grotesque torture-murders ends in Savannah, but then resurfaces in Boston. Which is just where Cordell now resides. The new murderer, nicknamed "The Surgeon", moves through Boston like air carrying out his sick fantasies that are identical to the string of murders in Savannah. You'd think it was the same killer, but how could it be? Follow this talented author as she masterfully leads her characters to solving the puzzle of The Surgeon, a terrifying tale like none you've ever read before. You will never leave your window open at night again!

  3. 3 out of 5

    Old_airman

    Maura Isles is totally missing. Jane Rizzoli is so much different than the TV show. I am a fan of the TV show so I decided to start with book #1. I was not disappointed in the book, but it was a bit of a shock to see Rizzoli as a homely, outsider fighting for her what was due her. The development of the characters was outstanding. The focus upon the impact on the lives of victims was fleshed out more than in any other crime novel that I have read. The surgical element was a bit overdeveloped for Maura Isles is totally missing. Jane Rizzoli is so much different than the TV show. I am a fan of the TV show so I decided to start with book #1. I was not disappointed in the book, but it was a bit of a shock to see Rizzoli as a homely, outsider fighting for her what was due her. The development of the characters was outstanding. The focus upon the impact on the lives of victims was fleshed out more than in any other crime novel that I have read. The surgical element was a bit overdeveloped for my taste, but I am one of those folks who doesn't like blood and gore. All in all, this makes a nice read and opens up the series to many diverse paths.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Detective Thomas Moore recognizes a pattern when a young woman is found gruesomely murdered in her home. The details of the crime are identical to that of another young woman he investigated a year ago. Even more troubling is the link to another assault over two years ago. However, the victim, Dr. Catherine Cordell, not only survived the attack but killed the man responsible. Are they dealing with a copycat or something else. Those looking to see Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles featured at the fo Detective Thomas Moore recognizes a pattern when a young woman is found gruesomely murdered in her home. The details of the crime are identical to that of another young woman he investigated a year ago. Even more troubling is the link to another assault over two years ago. However, the victim, Dr. Catherine Cordell, not only survived the attack but killed the man responsible. Are they dealing with a copycat or something else. Those looking to see Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles featured at the forefront will need to wait until the next book. The author decided to explore the Rizzoli character after this story and Isles doesn’t make an appearance here. This was a graphic story so be prepared for that, not only the murders but the ER trauma procedures. Despite that, it’s a well written police procedural and mystery along with the medical. The characters are well defined, flaws and all. Moral and ethical issues abound and are dealt with honestly, not always delivering clear cut resolutions. I really liked the bends and twists, fast paced with a climactic ending. It also has a perfect set up for the next book. I disliked Jane Rizzoli in this story, a lot, but she is someone I want to learn more about and maybe will redeem herself.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Surgeon is book one of the Rizzoli and Isles Series by Tess Gerritsen. Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli caught murder of a woman whose uterus is missing. Both Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli started to think is there a serial killer on the loose in their city. The readers of The Surgeon will follow the twist and turns of Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli investigation into the murders. Tess Gerritsen has provided the readers of The Surgeon a new The Surgeon is book one of the Rizzoli and Isles Series by Tess Gerritsen. Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli caught murder of a woman whose uterus is missing. Both Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli started to think is there a serial killer on the loose in their city. The readers of The Surgeon will follow the twist and turns of Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli investigation into the murders. Tess Gerritsen has provided the readers of The Surgeon a new strong women detective Jane Rizzoli. I enjoy reading The Surgeon. I like the way Tess Gerritsen describes the problems women have in law enforcements. I also enjoy the way, Tess Gerritsen describes the interaction between Detective Thomas Moore and Detective Jan Rizzoli. I like the way Tess Gerritsen portrays her characters especially Dr Catherine Cordell. Readers of The Surgeon will learn about the consequences of rape for women and how a rapist can come back and attack their victims a second time. Also, Readers of The Surgeon will learn about the law enforcement procedures. Readers of The Surgeon will learn about hospital procedures and what is involved to be a surgeon. I recommend this book.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Surgeon is a brilliantly-crafted tale of horror that's just so terrifying that you can't bear not to look. Seriously. The story begins with a successful physician named Catherine Cordell who was nearly murdered a few years back in Savannah but lived to tell the tale because she blew her attacker away before he could finish the job. With her attacker's death, the string of grotesque torture-murders ends in Savannah, but then resurfaces in Boston. Which is just where Cordell now resides. The n The Surgeon is a brilliantly-crafted tale of horror that's just so terrifying that you can't bear not to look. Seriously. The story begins with a successful physician named Catherine Cordell who was nearly murdered a few years back in Savannah but lived to tell the tale because she blew her attacker away before he could finish the job. With her attacker's death, the string of grotesque torture-murders ends in Savannah, but then resurfaces in Boston. Which is just where Cordell now resides. The new murderer, nicknamed "The Surgeon", moves through Boston like air carrying out his sick fantasies that are identical to the string of murders in Savannah. You'd think it were the same killer, but how could it be? Follow Gerritsen as she masterfully leads her characters (who are real and well-developed) to solving the puzzle of the Surgeon, a terrifying tale like none you've ever read before. You won't regret it.

  7. 3 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    2.5 I did not enjoy this book. Starting with one of the most horrifying things people can experience - yes, people - which I expected because it is implied in the blurb, to the things I annoying stuff didn't expect (like Rizzoli's behaviour, among other things). I haven't seen the TV show yet and I hope Rizzoli there is not like this. (view spoiler)[ When a detective puts her own selfish, low self-esteemed feelings before a freaking rape victim, I'm kind of done with the said character. At one poi 2.5 I did not enjoy this book. Starting with one of the most horrifying things people can experience - yes, people - which I expected because it is implied in the blurb, to the things I annoying stuff didn't expect (like Rizzoli's behaviour, among other things). I haven't seen the TV show yet and I hope Rizzoli there is not like this. (view spoiler)[ When a detective puts her own selfish, low self-esteemed feelings before a freaking rape victim, I'm kind of done with the said character. At one point, she was doing the verbal equivalent of grabbing the woman by her arms and shaking her yelling 'tell me everything in detail'. (hide spoiler)] If the point of her behaviour has been to make her seem flawed but likeable and someone a reader would root for, I'm afraid she only gets the flawed part well. Fortunately, even though her name is in the series name, she wasn't in it that much. (view spoiler)[ I was really annoyed when after all her crap she got rewarded by a clue in the end. My biggest issue with her was this: 'But when you were a woman and better than anyone else and you had the nerve to let them know it,..' - not once in the book I got the impression she is better than anyone else as she thinks. Well, unless you count the author telling you that. (hide spoiler)] Moore, the other detective, is more likeable. (view spoiler)[ The thing that drove me crazy with him was this: 'With every step he felt as if another stain of male guilt had attached itself to him, like dirt soiling his clothes.' Male guilt?! So, we should treat certain groups as individuals and not generalise them, but throw others in the same damn group? Did you rape anyone, Moore? No? Repeat after me: the rapist is the one who should feel guilty. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I got almost what I expected. Almost. I'll probably try the second book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    Heart stopping read that kept me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails while reading as fast as I could turn the pages. Intense suspense at its best!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Fred

    Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link - **my 2nd read** The first book in series. Tess has medical school education at University of California. With that she writes with "extensive Medical terminology" easily understood. Her knowledge of Boston is nice. Boston Homicide Unit's Jane Rizzoli & Thomas Moore lead a murder investigation in the South End with Elena Ortiz(22) raped, tied with duct tape, "catgut" stitches & a missing Uterus (female organ). They find Diana Sterling(30) was murdered last Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link - **my 2nd read** The first book in series. Tess has medical school education at University of California. With that she writes with "extensive Medical terminology" easily understood. Her knowledge of Boston is nice. Boston Homicide Unit's Jane Rizzoli & Thomas Moore lead a murder investigation in the South End with Elena Ortiz(22) raped, tied with duct tape, "catgut" stitches & a missing Uterus (female organ). They find Diana Sterling(30) was murdered last year with same technique & missing Uterus. They both lived near the same hospital. Anna, Diana's sister, claims a necklace on Elena belong to Diana, is it a murderer's souvenir from victim to victim link? Boston Homicide finds Uterus' missing murders in Georgia. Dora Ciccone(22) a medical student is killed first. VICAP's database (violent criminal apprehension program) list 3 killed. Dr. Catherine Cordell attacked, escaped Dr. Andrew Capra, the suspect. Catherine moved to Boston's Back Bay 1 month after the attack. Claims she got away & killed Dr. Capra? Took 1 year off, being afraid, now works at Boston's Pilgrim Medical Center/Hospital. Catherine's internet username is CCORD & tells Det. Moore of a car's license plate "POSEY FIVE". They confirm Elena's internet user name was POSEY5. Catherine says they both used Boston's chat room, POST ("post-traumatic stress disorder") for "RAPE". Boston Herald's headlines are bad "The Surgeon Cuts Again". Then you will need to figure out the link between the dead Dr. Capra & "The Surgeon from Chicago to Boston? FYI only - this is the first book in the "Rizzoli & Isles" series - Det. Thomas Moore is Det. Jane Rizzoli's partner not Dr. Mauri Isles.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening Line:"Today they will find her body." The Surgeon has been dubbed as Rizzoli and Isles book #1 and even though this was a very good read I think anyone coming here as a fan of the TV series will be disappointed as the only similarities between the two is the name of one of the characters. Maura Isles is not in this story and Rizzoli is no Angie Harmon, (and probably one of the most dislikable heroines I’ve ever read- more on that later) If you’re at all sensitive to blood and vivid medica Opening Line:"Today they will find her body." The Surgeon has been dubbed as Rizzoli and Isles book #1 and even though this was a very good read I think anyone coming here as a fan of the TV series will be disappointed as the only similarities between the two is the name of one of the characters. Maura Isles is not in this story and Rizzoli is no Angie Harmon, (and probably one of the most dislikable heroines I’ve ever read- more on that later) If you’re at all sensitive to blood and vivid medical details (or rape) then this probably won’t work for you either as the surgical element here is graphic, bordering on overdeveloped –it’s pretty obvious that author Tess Gerritsen is a physician. Having said all that, this was still a fantastic read. The writing is excellent, the story fast paced, and all the characters are well developed. The plot is suspenseful, gritty and terrifying concluding with one hell of a bad guy. In fact I would say this was hard to put down except for the fact that I was so creeped out I dreaded picking it up (does that make sense?) Anyways, I definitely felt the need for a change of pace after this, like chick-lit or something fluffy with puppies. The Surgeon centers around a series of murders taking place in Boston. The young women are all found at home, in their bedrooms and the crime scenes are a bloody mess, the bodies sliced up and missing…an internal body part. The precision of the killer’s methods suggests a medical background and the media dub him “the surgeon”. Investigating the murders are detectives Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli -described as homely, self-loathing, jealous (and just downright bitchy) Through their investigation the police soon discover almost identical killings several years back in Georgia. However that case was closed when the victim fought back, shooting her attacker. Are these Boston slayings the work of a copycat then? Seeking out that last victim, Moore and Rizzoli find Dr. Catherine Cordell, now also living in Boston. After consulting with her they discover that these new slayings are being recreated with chilling accuracy. As the murder spree continues “the surgeon” gets closer and closer to his intended victim, almost taunting the police and they can’t catch him, and they can’t protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter. There is a bit of romance here to break up all the medical procedures but Rizzoli remains an unlikeable character throughout, with her guard up to such a degree that it’s no wonder none of her colleagues want to work with her. Luckily we get several other POV’s to choose from and Detective Thomas Moore was a welcome distraction. We also get inside the head of intended target and former victim Catherine Cordell and “the surgeon” himself who remained anonymous to me until the very end. His internal dialogue is freaky. Speaking of which this whole book freaked me out, it’s so well written but just not an enjoyable read, as it’s dark, vivid, bloody and quite the ride. I’ll be looking for more from Tess Gerritsen.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raíla Soares

    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 scary. 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 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 scary. 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. Tess is one of the best and I am so honored to have the opportunity of reading her books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abby (Crime by the Book)

    Picked this one up on a whim and WOW did I enjoy it. I'd never read a Tess Gerritsen book before and I was hooked!! I can absolutely see why a TV show was made from her books - THE SURGEON reads like it's made for the screen. This book was fast-paced, totally addictive, and also totally chilling. It's a cop-vs-serial killer story with a twist: Gerritsen applies her own background in medicine to add a whole extra dimension to her crime novel. I loved the hospital setting, the medical details, and Picked this one up on a whim and WOW did I enjoy it. I'd never read a Tess Gerritsen book before and I was hooked!! I can absolutely see why a TV show was made from her books - THE SURGEON reads like it's made for the screen. This book was fast-paced, totally addictive, and also totally chilling. It's a cop-vs-serial killer story with a twist: Gerritsen applies her own background in medicine to add a whole extra dimension to her crime novel. I loved the hospital setting, the medical details, and the creepy serial killer "The Surgeon." This is really just fast-paced entertainment!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    review and rating to be revealed soon

  14. 3 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    If you're just coming into the Rizzoli and Isles books, be aware that these are very different from the AMC series. Dark, gruesome, and complicated, the series follows the strong Detective Jane Rizzoli through several fascinating cases. (Maura Isles plays a bigger role in the later books, though I'm not as big a fan of those that focus on her.) The writing is excellent, the stories are mostly consistently good, and they're terrific thrillers for fans of Chelsea Cain or Karin Slaughter.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Marnie Krüger

    2018 Subjects Specific Reading Challenge I have 30 books with specific subjects that I need to read Book 26:A book recommended by a friend My sister recommended the TV series to me, but on discovering it was based on books... how could I resist to read them first? Mixed Feelings First Sentence: Today they will find her body. I have some mixed feeling about this one. I love the story and the medical crime side of it, but I have some issues with the writing. At stages it felt dragged and I just put it 2018 Subjects Specific Reading Challenge I have 30 books with specific subjects that I need to read Book 26:A book recommended by a friend My sister recommended the TV series to me, but on discovering it was based on books... how could I resist to read them first? Mixed Feelings First Sentence: Today they will find her body. I have some mixed feeling about this one. I love the story and the medical crime side of it, but I have some issues with the writing. At stages it felt dragged and I just put it down, and other times I could not put it down, I guess the pacing was a bit off for me. I gonna try the next book and then make my decision.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    I've been wanting to start reading this series for a while, and I was very lucky to find this book at a book swap library thing at the Botanic Gardens (I can't remember exactly what it's called, but basically you can take a book when you put a book there, or return the book you took...now I am confusing myself...). Anyway, it was a great read! It took me a while to really get into it, but after about a quarter of the way through I found it difficult to put down. I have watched a couple of episod I've been wanting to start reading this series for a while, and I was very lucky to find this book at a book swap library thing at the Botanic Gardens (I can't remember exactly what it's called, but basically you can take a book when you put a book there, or return the book you took...now I am confusing myself...). Anyway, it was a great read! It took me a while to really get into it, but after about a quarter of the way through I found it difficult to put down. I have watched a couple of episodes of the TV show and I must admit while I liked the way the tv show portrayed Rizzoli, I think I preferred her in the book. I like my characters to have flaws and not be the most attractive person in the whole world. Rizzoli is a gutsy and courageous woman and puts up with crap from the other male detectives that she shouldn't have to. Tess Gerritsen shows off her medical knowledge quite extensively within the book, and at times is quite detailed and a bit gory. The story was clever, held my attention and I was kept guessing right until the end. Gerritsen is a great writer and I look forward to reading the next one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This one grabbed me from the first chapter and kept the pages flying. Not since "The Silence of the Lambs" have I felt so compelled to finish a book. This one creeped me out! I found myself hearing noises in my house late at night.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Trigger warnings: rape, mutilation, medical details (both descriptions of stuff like cancer and descriptions of accidents/operations). That had to come first, because I spent much of this book wishing I had something firm and indestructible to crawl into, to keep me safe. The details are just horrifying -- it reminds me very much of my experience with Val McDermid's work. And, as with that, I had to read to the end to find out who the killer/torturer was, before I could begin to feel okay again. Trigger warnings: rape, mutilation, medical details (both descriptions of stuff like cancer and descriptions of accidents/operations). That had to come first, because I spent much of this book wishing I had something firm and indestructible to crawl into, to keep me safe. The details are just horrifying -- it reminds me very much of my experience with Val McDermid's work. And, as with that, I had to read to the end to find out who the killer/torturer was, before I could begin to feel okay again. (The part of me that's done a course in Crime Fiction remembers that the end of a crime novel typically ends with the criminal being contained or killed, and therefore that provides a feeling of safety and the reassertion of the rules of society, for a reader.) I wasn't really a fan of the characters' attitudes to rape. The idea that rape makes the victim belong to the attacker in some way is just repugnant, and the idea that what makes a woman a woman is their womb is just -- ugh. It seemed to be an ongoing theme in the story, rather than an opinion expressed by just one or two of the characters. Overall there was a lot that upset/troubled me, and despite Sasha Alexander being in it, I don't think I'm going to watch the tv series. It's not actually a bad crime/mystery book: it's very good in that sense, and I'd recommend it to people who like, for example, Val McDermid. But it was just not the kind of thing I should be reading at all, and I'm going to steer clear.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Genoten van dit boek! Van begin tot eind spannend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gülay Cansever

    Serinin ilk kitabı biter. Dizisini çok severek izliyordum. Favorim dizideki Rizolli ve İsles 😅😂

  21. 3 out of 5

    Susen liest

    Der erste Fall für Rizzoli (Isles kommt noch nicht vor) und der hat es in sich. Ein "Chirurg" geht um, fesselt Frauen und schneidet ihnen bei lebendigem Leibe die Gebärmutter heraus ... Einzige Überlebende ist die Chirurgin Catherine Cordell, doch die hat damals ihren Entführer und auch Mörder anderer Frauen erschossen - wer bringt also Jahre später wieder Frauen um und verstümmelt sie? Ist es Catherine, die nun durchgedreht ist? Den Fall fand ich sehr spannend, auch wenn das Büchlein mittlerwei Der erste Fall für Rizzoli (Isles kommt noch nicht vor) und der hat es in sich. Ein "Chirurg" geht um, fesselt Frauen und schneidet ihnen bei lebendigem Leibe die Gebärmutter heraus ... Einzige Überlebende ist die Chirurgin Catherine Cordell, doch die hat damals ihren Entführer und auch Mörder anderer Frauen erschossen - wer bringt also Jahre später wieder Frauen um und verstümmelt sie? Ist es Catherine, die nun durchgedreht ist? Den Fall fand ich sehr spannend, auch wenn das Büchlein mittlerweile fast 15 Jahre alt ist und die Thriller heute anders geschrieben werden (meistens noch brutaler und blutiger). An Spannung mangelte es meiner Meinung nach auf jeden Fall nicht. Ungünstig war allerdings, dass ich die Serie Rizzoli & Isles vor Jahren gerne geschaut habe und mit gewissen Vorstellungen an das Buch heran gegangen bin, die es aber nicht halten konnte. Denn so war mir Rizzoli, die zunächst lediglich eine Randfigur der Ermittlungen ist, leider nicht sehr sympathisch und ich konnte außerdem nicht alle ihre Entscheidungen (und Gedanken) nachvollziehen. Das war sehr schade, lässt sich aber nicht ändern. Ich hoffe auf jeden Fall, dass ich mit Rizzoli im nächsten Band besser zurechtkomme und bin gespannt, welch spannenden Fall Tess Gerritsen für mich bereithält!

  22. 3 out of 5

    Zuky the BookBum

    Trigger warning: this book is heavily focused on sexual assault and rape. This novel is certainly very captivating. I found it difficult to put it down once I had picked it up! I loved the crime and mysterious criminal and I loved the pace of it all. Sometimes, these crime novels can burst with excitement for one second, and then fizzle out until the last few pages, or, completely the opposite of that, be total non-stop action, but feel really over the top and unrealistic. This, on the other hand Trigger warning: this book is heavily focused on sexual assault and rape. This novel is certainly very captivating. I found it difficult to put it down once I had picked it up! I loved the crime and mysterious criminal and I loved the pace of it all. Sometimes, these crime novels can burst with excitement for one second, and then fizzle out until the last few pages, or, completely the opposite of that, be total non-stop action, but feel really over the top and unrealistic. This, on the other hand, had a great mix of action and downtime. I loved the setting for this, it felt so retro with its mention of floppy disks, pagers, and cassette tapes! This whole book was really well described and brought to life. It felt so real, you completely lost yourselves in the characters worlds. The horror of each murder and plot reveal really grabs you by the throat and give you goosebumps. There’s no escaping the terror in this one. As for the crime, this one is certainly unique… and gruesome! If you’re like me, and don’t like the thought of surgery or human anatomy, then this will certainly be a struggle to read as it contains many in-depth scenes where we’re walked through what’s happening on the inside of the body. That certainly made it a little hard for me to read because I have this slight fear of our insides and all descriptions of it, but I was too intrigued as to who the killer was, to put it down. While not a particularly twisty turny story, there are plenty of characters in this novel to keep you guessing on who the real killer is. This always seems to happen to me, but I just can’t seem to get on with female detectives in these kinds of series. Rizzoli wasn’t the worst I have come across, but she still got on my nerves. I’m well aware the message this book was trying to put across was all to do with a “woman in a man’s world”, and I can feel for Rizzoli, it would be hard to be taken seriously in a homicide department in 2001 as a woman… But!!! It was not necessary for her to act as though every single man she encountered was an enemy, needing to be destroyed and put in his place. If she wanted to be taken so seriously as a woman, I’m surprised she couldn’t utter the word “tampon” and described it as being a “disgusting object”. (I have seen this point mentioned by other reviewers and some have said the “fear” of tampons could be a generational thing). I also wasn’t a fan of the underlying tone this book had, that “all men are capable of evil”. Everyone is capable of evil, why were only men being targeted in this book? Now, I don’t want to sound anti-feminist or something with me saying all this stuff, but I felt the book was a bit radical with some of it’s points about men being raping, murdering bastards. Again, I would like to put my hands up and say I’m really not trying to trivialise or undermine rape “victims” (I prefer the term survivors myself) because I’m close to several, I know how much it fucks them up, but I did feel like this book was a bit heavy hitting towards the male gender as a whole, rather than to the select few scumbags who do that sort of thing (just to rehash this point, I’m not some kind of rape apologist, I just didn’t feel the book needed to be so anti-man). Another problem I had with this book was sometimes it seemed to have an undermining stance on rape, calling it a woman’s “shameful secret” as though it was their own fault they had been abused in this way. There was also a moment where Rizzoli called herself a “victim of The Surgeon” because she had fucked up part of the investigation, which I thought was completely inappropriate. Comparing a job related incident that was your own fault to being kidnapped and raped is just disgusting. That really got on my nerves. Another thing that grated on me was the overuse of the word “victim” when it came to the rape survivors, but I can imagine that’s more to do with the time this book came out than anything else. Also!!! (Not a spoiler) There is a disgusting comment on suicide nearer the end of the novel, where Rizzoli calls a man who killed himself a “loser who ate his gun” and “pathetic enough to blow his own brains out”. Even after having those couple of issues with this novel, I still enjoyed it enough to finish it but I won’t forget the offensiveness of it. I’m going to give myself a break from this series for a month or so, just to really review whether use want to continue with writing I find so problematic. If any of you have gone on to read more of this series, please let me know if it gets any better by not taking digs at traumatised women and mental illness.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    4.5 stars. Wow, this book definitely surpassed all of my expectations! I'm always hesitant to read crime thrillers because I usually end up losing interest and putting them down but this book was just wow! I like crime thrillers to be dark, disturbing, gruesome, creepy and well-written and this book ticked all of those boxes. I am really really impressed and I would love to read more books like this! Tess Gerritsen's writing is phenomenal. Everything felt very authentic and realistic and I think 4.5 stars. Wow, this book definitely surpassed all of my expectations! I'm always hesitant to read crime thrillers because I usually end up losing interest and putting them down but this book was just wow! I like crime thrillers to be dark, disturbing, gruesome, creepy and well-written and this book ticked all of those boxes. I am really really impressed and I would love to read more books like this! Tess Gerritsen's writing is phenomenal. Everything felt very authentic and realistic and I think a lot of that is down to how much she knows about medicine, detectives and serial killers. It's obvious that Tess Gerritsen put a lot of work into weaving this story but she makes it flow very nicely. I liked her writing style too, it kept my attention on the story. The story was so gripping and interesting from the start. The one thing she could improve on is the way her characters interact. There was just something off about their interactions. One thing I really liked about this story was that I didn't guess the killer. Then again, there weren't really any suspects and we were only getting snippets from his mind so I couldn't have guessed it anyway. I liked how we didn't know who could have been The Surgeon. I did guess a lot of other things but I still really enjoyed it and I definitely wouldn't say it's predictable. I love reading about serial killers and I felt like her killer was very believable. I like how Tess Gerritsen didn't go for shock factor or drama, she went with a story that was awesome. The only thing that I would question would be the authenticity of Gerritsen's representation of a woman in a detective unit. I know it was published about 14 years ago but I did question how the male detectives treated Jane Rizzoli. The book had a lot of misogynistic characters and while the story itself was anti-woman, the book felt a bit anti-man. I did like how the two main women in the book were represented though. Jane Rizzoli was a tough cop and I liked how she thought outside of the box. Catherine Cordell was smart, brave and likeable. I liked how the romance in this book took a backseat. It didn't take over the story, it worked with it and complimented it. The ending was explosive. Gerritsen built up the ending nicely and it didn't disappoint. I will definitely be reading more from Tess Gerritsen as I'm really impressed. I would recommend this to everyone except people who don't like dark and gruesome things. It definitely deserves it's rating on Goodreads.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    I kind of had mixed feelings about this book for much of the story. I found Jane Rizzoli hard to like most of the way, but toward the end, I started to understand her better, and to see why she is the way she is. Being a woman in a man's world is not easy, I think, and she constantly felt the need to prove herself. I can understand that, but she seemed to have a chip on her shoulder, so she's hard to like, especially when she's around people who don't deserve her scorn. It seems like her feelings I kind of had mixed feelings about this book for much of the story. I found Jane Rizzoli hard to like most of the way, but toward the end, I started to understand her better, and to see why she is the way she is. Being a woman in a man's world is not easy, I think, and she constantly felt the need to prove herself. I can understand that, but she seemed to have a chip on her shoulder, so she's hard to like, especially when she's around people who don't deserve her scorn. It seems like her feelings sometimes cause her to make mistake which were pretty serious, and she uses her feelings of being female as an excuse. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see if things change at all after this episode, which ended on a high note.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annina

    Ohne Schlaf hätte ich es am Stück gelesen. Das Ende war bisschen schnell aber trotzdem top.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Veronica

    This is marked as the first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series but, unless I totally missed her, the Isles half of the duo is missing. I listened to the audiobook which was really short, only about 5 hours, so it's possible she was mentioned and my mind glossed right over it. Anyway, overall I just didn't feel very impressed with this book. The killer comes across like a pretentious snot and his MO for killing women delivers a clear message of his hatred for the gender. He's now terrorizing This is marked as the first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series but, unless I totally missed her, the Isles half of the duo is missing. I listened to the audiobook which was really short, only about 5 hours, so it's possible she was mentioned and my mind glossed right over it. Anyway, overall I just didn't feel very impressed with this book. The killer comes across like a pretentious snot and his MO for killing women delivers a clear message of his hatred for the gender. He's now terrorizing a woman who was a victim of an eerily similar attack two years ago. Rizzoli gets assigned the case but she has to work in tandem with Detective Moore, who was totally bland as a character. His romantic subplot with the terrorized victim was tepid at best and felt vaguely inappropriate. Kissing her on the top of the head on the third or fourth time he's interacted with her (all in his professional capacity) - when she's a rape survivor who is now fearing for her life from a man who may seek to do the same and worse to her?? Not cool and completely unnecessary to the plot. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for this book, I will give the second one a try, mostly because I think Moore will be gone and Isles will finally show up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Noeleen

    I really didn't need to start another series, I’ve way too many series going on at the moment but I had this book on my kindle for so long, it was time to give it a go, what’s another series! I've never seen the television programme based on these books so I really didn't know what to expect and perhaps the television programme isn't totally reflective of the books, I’m not sure. I’ll get to catch up with it at some stage and see for myself. I realise this is both a popular series and popular aut I really didn't need to start another series, I’ve way too many series going on at the moment but I had this book on my kindle for so long, it was time to give it a go, what’s another series! I've never seen the television programme based on these books so I really didn't know what to expect and perhaps the television programme isn't totally reflective of the books, I’m not sure. I’ll get to catch up with it at some stage and see for myself. I realise this is both a popular series and popular author with many and I think because of that, my expectations were very high. If I’m honest I nearly gave up reading this half way through, it was kind of boring me a lot and I found the medical jargon was too much, too annoying and uninteresting. I found that it took away from the flow of what was basically a good mystery/crime story. The crimes are pretty gruesome so if you are any way squeamish at all, I would give this a miss. I’m glad I did finish it because I felt it picked up a lot towards the end, hence my three stars, I didn't hate it and didn't love it but there was obviously enough in this first book to make me finish it and to make me want to read the second book in the series at some stage. ‘Isles’ in the partnership ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ doesn't make an appearance in this book so I’m looking forward to meeting her character in the following books, although I didn't find Rizzoli's character as endearing as I wanted. I found her to be quite whiney at times. Understandably she's trying to prove herself in her male dominated workplace but at times her thoughts and actions came across as childish and immature. Overall, this is a good murder mystery but I hope the rest of the series improves on this one.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is a pretty creepy, fast paced medical thriller. Three years previously Catherine Cordell, an emergency trauma surgeon survived a viscous rape and attack by a depraved junior doctor who had raped, butchered and killed three other young women in Savanna. Living now in Boston, Catherine is slowly regaining her confidence and starting to feel safe when the police call to inform her that a similar series of murders have been occurring in Boston. At first Catherine doesn't believe there could be This is a pretty creepy, fast paced medical thriller. Three years previously Catherine Cordell, an emergency trauma surgeon survived a viscous rape and attack by a depraved junior doctor who had raped, butchered and killed three other young women in Savanna. Living now in Boston, Catherine is slowly regaining her confidence and starting to feel safe when the police call to inform her that a similar series of murders have been occurring in Boston. At first Catherine doesn't believe there could be a link with the man who attacked her as she fought back, shooting and killing him. However, soon it becomes apparent that the present day killer is interested in her..... The first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series, introduces us to Homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, a plain looking, dowdidly dressed but feisty woman with a chip on her shoulder from being unappreciated in her large family of brothers and constantly harrassed by her male colleagues. The writing is excellent with the medical and surgical scenes realistically described and the torture scenes almost too real. The plot moves along at a good pace gradually building the terror that Catherine feels as she worries that her worst nightmares about her past torture may be repeated. An excellent start to this series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arnis

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Although this book is labeled as Rizzoli and Isles #1, only Jane Rizzoli appears in it. If you found your way here from the TV show, you'll find the Rizzoli in the source material quite different from the one on the show. For starters, not only is she a short woman but several characters (including Rizzoli herself) mention how plain she is. In other words, the book Rizzoli is no Angie Harmon. She also has a much less affectionate relationship with her family and male co-workers. I needed some re Although this book is labeled as Rizzoli and Isles #1, only Jane Rizzoli appears in it. If you found your way here from the TV show, you'll find the Rizzoli in the source material quite different from the one on the show. For starters, not only is she a short woman but several characters (including Rizzoli herself) mention how plain she is. In other words, the book Rizzoli is no Angie Harmon. She also has a much less affectionate relationship with her family and male co-workers. I needed some reading that wasn't too intellectually taxing and this fit the bill. It's an engaging enough mystery and wouldn't be much more if the character of Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli weren't so vivid and interesting, standing out in a story that involves both a nastily imaginative serial killer and an embarrassingly trite romance. More positively, Gerritsen is herself a physician so I enjoyed the medical detail. There was enough entertaining about this book that I'd maybe read one more in the series to see where it goes with the hopes Gerritsen improves on her dialogue writing (I wanted to die inside reading the passage where they speculate on the killer taking women's reproductive parts as souvenirs as "that's the one thing makes them women." Oh Tess Gerritsen. Seriously?) FYI, my paperback had a preview chapter of another Gerritsen book, "The Bone Garden." If this matters to you, this is not a Rizzoli and Isles book. The next book in that series is "The Apprentice."

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