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Belle's Book Club: The Surgeon...

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen


Synopsis (via Goodreads

A serial killer is on the loose in Boston. The victims are killed in a particularly nasty way: cut with a scalpel on the stomach, the intestines and uterus removed, and then the throat slashed. The killer obviously has medical knowledge and has been dubbed "the Surgeon" by the media. Detective Thomas Moore and his partner Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit have discovered something that makes this case even more chilling. Years ago in Savannah a serial killer murdered in exactly the same way. He was finally stopped by his last victim who shot him as he tried to cut her. That last victim is Dr Catherine Cordell, who now works as a cardiac surgeon at one of Boston's prestigious hospitals. As the murders continue, it becomes obvious that the killer is drawing closer and closer to Dr Cordell, who is becoming so frightened that she is virtually unable to function. But she is the only person who can help the police catch this copycat killer. Or is it a copycat? To complicate matters even further, Detective Moore, often referred to as Saint Thomas as he continues to mourn the loss of his wife, is getting emotionally involved with the doctor.

My Thoughts

Ohmigoodness - I have never felt the tension and pace of a book be so apparent in my life. I literally read this in a day. One day. It was just so engaging and compelling that I couldn't put it down!

I will admit that before this, I wasn't a big fan of Gerritsen's writing (the only other book by her that I had read was 'Gravity' and I just couldn't get in to it at all - I didn't even finish it, and that never happens with me!) but I found this book in a charity shop and thought it sounded interesting - I think it was the science/hospital link that drew me in seeing as that is my field.

I love a good murder mystery/crime book - I like the challenge they give to me when I read them as I try to piece the clues together.

The way that the killer worked in the one was just so different and crazy that it had me captivated - I do have to say that some of the descriptions of the crime scenes were really rather graphic (definitely not a book for the faint hearted - wombs were literally spilling out everywhere!) and at times I had to just skim through really quick!

I thought that the insight into the killers perspective scattered through the book were really useful in revealing who the killer was - so the reader could try and figure it out for themselves.

As for characters, I really despised Rizzoli - I just couldn't identify with her at all (which is a shame because apparently she is the main continuous character in the rest of this series by Gerritsen so I'm not sure if I would read any more of her books for that reason alone), I thought she was rude and overbearing and had a massive chip on her shoulder - though when she eventually came good in the end I did sort of like her a little more - I didn't want to though! I loved Moore - he was just so cute!

The plot line of this book really was what had be gripped - the link between all the victims was genius and then how that corresponded to how the killer found them was absolute genius! Scary, but genius.

I have to say that I think the character that I found most interesting was that of the killer, he was just so incredibly crazy weird that it was compelling - I had to read on to understand more about his craziness and what he was going to do next! I think his back story of why he started killing was mad - literal madness - and gross if I'm honest. That was one of the parts I had to skim through.

The talent that the author had for keeping the reader gripped through all of the book, just revealing little snippets of seemingly insignificant details so that the big reveal of who the killer was at the end of the book hit them like a tidal wave was just incredible. And suddenly every little snippet that they had been given made complete sense - seriously good writing.

I became utterly absorbed in the story, I loved the fast pace of it and how there were no dull moments - something was happening on basically every page. Despite now knowing the identity of the killer, I think that I would read this book again just to experience the pace and engagement that Gerritsen created. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo