Book Review: Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

The Blurb:

“Maura Isles deals with death.

As a pathologist in downtown Boston, she has seen more than her share of corpses. But never before has the body on the medical examiner’s table been her own.

There can be no denying the evidence though. The dead woman is her mirror image right down to the most intimate physical details. Even more chilling is the discovery that they share the same birth date and blood type.

Then a DNA test confirms that Maura’s mysterious double is indeed her twin sister, and suddenly an already bizarre murder investigation becomes a disturbing excursion into a past full of dark and deadly secrets …”

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What I thought:

Number four in the fantastic Rizzoli & Isles series begins with forensic pathologist, Maura Isles, returning from a trip to Paris to be confronted outside her house by blue flashing lights, her shocked friend Detective Jane Rizzoli (and her colleagues) and a dead body in a car which on closer inspection appears to be herself!

What follows is a frightening discovery of just who Maura Isles really is and where she came from, as the body now lying in her morgue is that of an identical twin sister she didn’t even know she had and whatsmore, it appears she had been trying to track Maura down.

Body Double is a great platform for real character development of Maura Isles in particular. Not only is she searching for her own past but she also becomes involved in what looks like a series of killings up in Maine that appear completely unrelated – but are they?

There’s a lot of will they / won’t they in this book and sufficient “who should she trust” moments to keep me on the edge of my seet.

Once again:  fantastic plot, gripping narrative and twists and turns you won’t expect. Gerritsen’s done it again!

(Source: this book is from my own bookshelves)



7 thoughts on “Book Review: Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

  1. A look-alike murder victim! It reminds me a little of The Likeness by Tana French. I just ordered the first book in this series – can’t wait to read it!


  2. I am so adding to my Wishlist, wowsa. Should I read this series in order or can this be a stand alone? I haven’t read any books by this author but have been intrigued, I believe I have another already on the TBR list.


  3. It sounds a bit far-fetched, Boof. A sudden twin sister? Well, it depends how it’s written and what the reader already knows of the background of Maura of course.

    Glad the series doesn’t disappoint!


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