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From New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen and acclaimed thriller writer Gary Braver comes a sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets.
Taryn Moore is young, beautiful, and brilliant…so why would she kill herself? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the girl’s fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there’s more to the story. Her instincts are confirmed when surprise information is revealed that could have been reason enough for Taryn’s suicide—or a motive for her murder.
To English professor Jack Dorian, Taryn was the ultimate fantasy: intelligent, adoring, and completely off limits. But there was also a dark side to Taryn, a dangerous streak that threatened those she turned her affections to—including Jack. And now that she’s dead, his problems are just beginning.
After Frankie uncovers a trove of sordid secrets, it becomes clear that Jack may know the truth. He is guilty of deception, but is he capable of cold-blooded murder?
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From the first pages, we know this much: Taryn Moore is dead. But although her death appears to be suicide, nothing about Taryn’s life was as it seems. Why should her death be any different?
Through flashbacks told from multiple viewpoints and clues uncovered by Detective Frankie Loomis, we begin to fit together the jagged pieces of Taryn’s life and the dangerous entanglements—including a passionate and consequential affair with her mentor, Professor Jack Dorian—that might have led to her untimely end.
With Choose Me, Gerritsen and Braver have created the most satisfying of suspense stories, where the lines between victim and villain are tantalizingly blurred.
- Gracie Doyle, Editor
About the Author
International bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career: it wasn’t until she was on maternity leave from her job as a physician that she began to write. Since then, she’s written twenty-eight suspense novels, with more than thirty million copies sold. Her books have been translated into forty languages, and her series featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Gerritsen now writes full-time and lives in Maine.
Gary Braver—pen name of college professor Gary Goshgarian—is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed mysteries and thrillers, including Gray Matter and Flashback, the first thriller to win the Massachusetts Book Award. His work has been translated into several languages; two have been optioned for film, including Elixir. As Gary Goshgarian, he teaches science fiction, horror fiction, bestsellers, and fiction writing at Northeastern University. He lives with his family outside Boston. Learn more at www.GaryBraver.com.
- ASIN : B08C6Z2C6G
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4732 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542026148
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When the smashed body of 22 year old student Taryn Moore is found on the pavement outside her 5th floor apartment it looks like a cut and dried suicide. There were plenty of witnesses who commented on her break-up with boyfriend Liam and how she unravelled afterwards - not letting go until she embarrassed herself with a scene at a restaurant where Liam was dining with his new girlfriend. Hundreds of texts and unanswered phone calls support this.
But when the autopsy finds that Taryn was pregnant and detectives go back through her apartment with luminol it is clear that this was no suicide. There are bloody drag marks from the living room to the balcony.
What detectives learn is a story of obsessive possession which Taryn shifted from Liam to her English professor Jack Dorian. He had encouraged her writing and supported her and then she seduced the married professor. He eventually admits the affair, but did he kill her?
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Detective Frankie Loomis is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. Victim Taryn Moore seemingly has a lot to look forward to,excelling at her studies and at a very young age being asked to collaborate with a hero of hers in her chosen field. She's young,beautiful and her life seems to be fast-tracking to great things.
Loomis's intuition has her,despite all the evidence,questioning the belief of colleagues that Taryn has taken her own life. As a middle-aged female detective she reminded me very much of Ann Cleeves' "Vera" with her insight and empathy giving her the edge. She's convinced that Taryn's death is linked to her love life ,with former boyfriend Liam and her English Professor Jack Dorian finding themselves on her radar.
This is more than "just a thriller" with plenty for the reader to ponder as through their characters the authors reflect on societies attitudes to relationships,obsession,mental health,trust ,responsibility and not least relationships amongst others. Toryn is a highly intelligent ,if flawed,young woman and her being in Jack Dorian's "Star Crossed Lovers" seminar is an integral part of the story with some cerebral overlapping of the classic stories she studies and her own life.
A great thriller that's a bit more intellectual and deep than most. I did guess the outcome way before the end but that's more a reflection of me spending far too much of my life reading thrillers than of it being predictable.
This is a tale where women take the lead. The suicide-but-maybe-not victim is young, intelligent and beautiful but seriously screwed up romantically. I had my bet on her sarcastic and privileged classmate for a while but she just slipped off the radar screen. The other 'wronged' woman also delivered some surprises, but the police woman was the most likeable of the bunch.
Not overly complex or too intellectually challenging, but after reading a few books recently that REALLY dragged, I was happy to gallop through this one.
The tale starts in the present, told in the present tense, and features the female detective investigating the death of a student, Taryn, who’s split from her boyfriend, and who may or may not have been seeing a married professor. Add in the ex, who’s a bit of a sleaze and another guy who had to settle for friendship, as she’d never see him as anything else, and there are enough red herrings to make for a half decent tale. In the past parts of the tale, told in past tense, we learn about Taryn’s roots, about the professor’s family and history and you get the usual backstory of most of the characters, including the detective’s.
Taryn was particularly unlikeable but felt one dimensional, as if she couldn’t live without a man in her life, though she professed to be a feminist. She came across as a user and very, very selfish, and the woman scorned aspect just didn’t ring true in someone so young. I’m not sure if readers were meant to feel for her, but her actions just made her like one of the mean girls that featured in the tale. She had nothing appealing about her personality, so I couldn’t understand her hold over not one but three men. She claimed to be stronger than the scorned females in her studies and yet she debased herself publicly over her ex and threw herself at the professor, who seemed equally personality-less.
It is a readable tale, but there was nothing gripping about it and it dragged in parts.
I actually guessed who'd done what in this book which is extremely rare for me but no matter, it doesn't spoil the story. I had expected to be wrong, anyhow ! And I totally agreed with what the killer stated near the end that Frankie disagreed with....the story itself wasn't anything too new or nothing we've not heard/seen before but it was written very well indeed and kept my interest the whole way.
It's also not full of errors, either, which makes a splendid change these days. Oxford and Luminol both needed capitalising but that was all I spotted. Loved the cover as well on my version.
(Surprises me too how many reviewers misspell Gerritsen when the book's open in front of them here on Amazon) !!