Gerritsen has created a high paced thriller from the first page and will keep the reader hooked right the way through.
The novel centres on the murders that are being committed by a brutal serial killer who is operating in Boston by performing dissections on his victims while they are still alive. The city has nicknamed him ‘The Surgeon’ and he seems to have an obsession with a successful trauma physician Catherine Cordell who was nearly murdered a few years ago in Savannah but she lived through the experience by blowing her attacker away. ‘The Surgeon’ is murdering in the exact same way as the killer in Savannah but it is impossible that the killer is the same guy, or is it?
Throughout the novel ‘The Surgeon’ thoughts are introduced into the text. These thoughts chilled me to the bone and offer an insight into the twisted mind of ‘The Surgeon’. The description of the dissections is graphic and this may be a turn off to some readers but to me it made the story seems all the more real. It is though you were right there watching what was happening to his victims. I liked the medical descriptions that were present throughout the novel; I thought that this added a sense of authenticity to the novel.
Tess Gerritsen’s writing injects the reader into the story and the believability of the characters make the novel seems all the more real. For the most part the narrative of the novel is done in third person expect from ‘The Surgeon’s’ thoughts that are done in italic and stand out from the rest of the text. First of all we are introduced to Dr. Catherine Cordell, then Detective Tom Moore, who’s seems to have Catherine as a future love interest and Jane Rizzoli to me she is the tough girl trying to make it in a prominent male profession, nothing she did apart from in the last few chapters really stood out for me.
Overall ‘The Surgeon’ is a high pace thriller that will keep you up at night either because of the gruesome description or you can’t put the book down.
A copy of this book was recieved from transworld publishers for free and all thoughts are my own through reading this book.