Vanish by Tess Gerritsen = addictive

 In three words:

Engrossing, trafficking, shocking

I need finish off my reviews for the Rizzoli and Isles series as #9 is about to come out (and if I haven’t already mentioned it) I am hopping and jigging all over the place in anticipation.

Vanish is every bit as brilliant as the previous four in the series, I’m happy to report. A very heavily pregnant Jane Rizzoli giving police evidence in court, when her waters break all over the courtroom floor  and in true Rizzoli style she reluctantly waddles off to the hospital to give birth to her first child. Meanwhile, unbeknown to Jane, two more dramas have been playing out which will have far more sinister consequences as the book unfolds.

Vanish opens with a group of Russian girls being violently herded into the USA via Mexico. Several months later and several states away, Maura Isles is about to perform an autopsy on the corpse of a young girl when the corpse opens its eyes. The woman is rushed to hospital where she then kills a guard and takes some of the staff and patients hostage. One of those patients is Jane Rizzoli! This book was different in that the police don’t have to go searching for their criminal, the criminal comes to them. However, the introduction of various characters had me guessing which ones were actually the good guys which is a great plot device as it certainly keeps you on your toes not knowing who to trust. The subject matter in Vanish is heavier than usual and more political: the trafficking and exploitation of foreign girls into the US who are forced to work as prostitutes.

It was good to see Jane at her more vulnerable self in this book too, as the story doesn’t stop once she is released and gives birth. True to form, Jane wants to get involved in solving the crime while trying to juggle tracking down perps with caring for a new born baby. But this time, it’s not just her she has to think of which could land her in yet more hot water…

As usual, a great book with twists and turns a-plenty. As with the previous books, the characters become more fleshed out as we get to know them through the series. Jane shows her vulnerable side for the first time – but don’t worry, she’s still kick-ass, and Gabriel becomes more prevalent in this book too as he races against the clock to save his wife.

Verdict – every bit as addictive as the rest of the series. Is Gerritsen even capable of writing a sub-standard book? Not so far.

  Have you read any of the Rizzoli & Isles series?


21 thoughts on “Vanish by Tess Gerritsen = addictive

  1. Thanks to your fabulous reviews of Tess Gerritsen’s books, I ordered the first book in the series and it arrived yesterday!! I can’t wait to devour it.


  2. I’ve never read this series,I think I have her mixed up with another author I read and didn’t care for.So,I will definetly give her a try.I’ve gotten hooked on Icelandic authors for past couple years,but,I mainly read the U.K. authors.I have a “want”list,right now,of 23 books,only 1 is american author [Karin Slaughter-Fallen]So,I’m adding on Tess.I’m 70,so,at some point,I’ve read pretty much everyone.


  3. I am embarrassed to say I haven’t read her but have The Surgeon to read which I said will happen this month. I will definitely start with series after. If I love enough I may just read a few back to back in July. She sounds that good.


  4. Ok,I have read tess gerritsen before,out of her series[I thought so]and didn’t care for her.Mainly,I don’t like medical books.However,I’ll try her series,they sound more to my taste.Thanks,again,Sharon


  5. Boof — You know I love Tess (especially after meeting her last fall) and the Rizzoli & Isles books are on my list of faves. I can’t remember if you said you had read them all already. I know for at least a few days we were on the same one.

    I, too, and rushing to get caught up before Silent Girl comes out next month (and still hoping an ARC finds its way into my mailbox!) I am currently on the next one in the series, The Mephisto Club (if you haven’t read it, you are in for a treat!)

    Maybe we can read Silent Girl together?? When does it come out over there??


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