Book Review

This week’s book review is on The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen.


A killer is targeting lone women, torturing and murdering them in their own homes. The precision of the killers methods leads to Detective Jane Rizzoli to suspect he is medically trained.

It is Jane who makes the terrifying discovery that proves all the victims of recent murders are linked, and are related to a case that took place two years previously, where a young woman, Catherine Cordell, was assaulted in a similar way as the new victims. However, what makes her different, is that she escaped by shooting her killer. Is the new killer a copy cat, or an old partner?

However, just as Catherine has started to get her life back on track, Moore and Rizzoli walk into her life and turn it completely upside down!

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The Book Cover
Tess Gerritsen

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My Review

The Surgeon was first published in 2001. It is the first thriller in the Rizzoli and Isles series. This novel introduces Detective Jane Rizzoli.

This book was fast-paced, gruesome and suspense filled. I loved it! It can be very hard to get a book that you can’t put down. That was defiantly not the case with The Surgeon. I was completely immersed in the story. Each page was filled with such vivid detail, I felt I was experiencing it along with the characters. It was continuously, “just one more page” or “just one more chapter”. Before I knew it, I had finished the book. Tess Gerritsen is a phenomenal writer.

Jane Rizzoli is most defiantly a relatable character, especially in today’s society. She has grown up in a house full of boys, as the middle child, where she always had to compete to be the best at something or compete for the same attention and respect that her brother’s received. Now, as the new girl in the Boston P.D Homicide Unit, she is still in the same situation. She is surrounded by male colleagues and senior supervisors, who never seem to take her seriously as a cop or take any of her comments on board. She is forced to fight to prove that she is the best at what she does. She rises above their pranks and their gender stereotypical comments.

Throughout the book, it shows very clearly that although Rizzoli appears to be a tomboyish, cold person, it is certainly not the case. She cares about her victims and works extremely hard to get the person or people that were involved. She ensures that her victims get the justice they deserve. In fact, in this case, it is Jane who makes the big breakthrough. It is her diligent work that connects the murders with a previous cold case which all links to Catherine Cordell’s case in Savannah, two years previous. Even though she is making huge break throughs and is the lead Detective who solved the case, she is still left completing with the male detectives in her unit.

At the beginning of the book, you begin to see quite a lovely friending starting to begin between Rizzoli and Detective Thomas Moore. He isn’t like the other male Detectives in the unit. He respects Jane, and sees her for the great Detective that she is. He takes her comments and theories on board and doesn’t question them. You can also see that Jane equally respects Moore and almost looks to him when she is stuck.

However, as the case intensifies, Catherine Cordell starts to cause an issue for Rizzoli, and she comes between Rizzoli and Moore’s friendship. As well as Catherine, a mistake that Jane has made while chasing down a possible suspect, causes both Moore and Rizzoli to become spiteful towards each other. Which I found very sad to see. Throughout the book, you see that Jane seems to be a bit of a “loner” and it was nice to see her have a friend within her unit, and to have someone to bounce her ideas and theories off. I found myself continuously hoping they would both give up, say sorry and forget about it all. I found it very frustrating when you think it’s gonna be fine between them, but then, the other does something to upset it all again.

Tess Gerritsen has brought her characters to life through words. It’s incredible how talented her writing is. You feel such a strong connection with Rizzoli and Moore especially. You find you put yourself in their situation and thinking what they did, is what you would do. I also think that Tess’s experience and knowledge in the medical field has really added to the book.

The Surgeon was nail biting and enthralling. It is a book that I was surely read over and over in my life. That is always a good sign at the end of a book. I would undoubtedly recommend you to give it a read.





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