The Surgeon: Rizzoli & Isles Series 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A killer is targeting lone women, torturing and murdering them. The precision of his methods leads Detective Jane Rizzoli to suspect he is medically trained.
Then Jane makes a terrifying discovery. Years ago a young woman was assaulted in a similar way. She escaped by shooting her attacker dead.
So why does it feel like he’s stalking her again?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 49 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||18 June 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,766 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
3 in Medical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
10 in Medical Thrillers
53 in Police Procedural Mysteries
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A copy cat killer is on the loose in Boston, terrorising young women, and brutally killing them. It is obvious, the killer has a medical background, and he is closing in on his ultimate kill, Doctor Catherine Cordell, a survivor, of the original attacker.
This killer tears women apart by carving out their female organs, stabbing them with a scalpel, and leaving some dead, and others barely alive at the scene.
With each repeated act of great violence, the monster comes closer and closer to capturing Cordell again. The thing is he did hurt Catherine once, and she managed to escape. But this time, she may not be so lucky. She's this monster's obsessions all the time....
This book should keep your nerves jittery throughout. Once I started reading this book, I found it hard to put down.
To me, this is more prequel than the 1st in the series because it's before Dr. Isles comes on board and even though Rizzoli is in the book it seems to be more about Detective Moore it was still a fantastic read and gives a good grounding into Jane Rizzoli.
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This novel has all the ingredients of a nerve-wrecking chilling incision. Some really conjure a chilling freezing surgical theatre some of us may have experienced it before.
The writing is absolutely riveting. The plot ticked all the boxes - gruesome crime, committed detective and strangely a love story within it.
Tess is really good with characterization. So clear that you seem to be looking up from your office desk and be able to observe the few people who are walking through your door and identify them with the characters in the book. The story draws you in psychologically.
I have the second book in this series, should I continue...?
This is the first book in Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles book series. The characters were developed from the books into a TV series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander which ran for at least seven series. However the books and the TV series may have the same characters but that is largely where the similarities end.
In the original book Rizzoli is described as being short, squat and square faced. Angie Harmon who plays the character on TV is a former model. The issues of gender discrimination against Rizzoli in the book are vicious whilst the TV series portrays it as banter. In fact you might argue that in the first book Rizzoli is not even the main character and I cannot really comment on Isles because she is not there. Isles does not feature in this initial book at all.
A serial killer is operating in Boston and has claimed a number of victims. He carries out medical procedures on them prior to killing them. Investigations reveal that the crimes are similar to murders in Savannah but the only problem is that perpetrator was shot dead by the last woman he attacked. However that woman now lives in Boston. Is there a copy-cat killer operating there?
Rizzoli moves from leading the investigation to fulfilling a more marginal role in a task force as the murders escalate. Police gender politics tend to place an onus on Rizzoli to continually justify her role in the eyes of her male colleagues. It is a battle she constantly feels she is losing.
Gerritsen’s own medical background allows an informed insight into the medical aspects of the story. It moves along at a fair pace and reinforces the precept that most if not all of the sexual predators in society are invisible to others and their behaviour does not become apparent to their victims until it is to late.
A good book but reaction to it could be tempered by exposure to the TV series. If you came to the books after seeing the programme you would not recognise the book characters. Alternatively if you found the books first you could not help but wonder why television had changed so many of the things that make the books such compelling reading. Perhaps the impact of advertising on American TV is the principal reason and the less salubrious content of the books would not sit well with those who purchase advertising time from the networks?
Well worth a look.
The Surgeon is fast paced, visceral and a compelling read. Despite having read it before , years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course whilst the tv series is great and light hearted, as usual their are added complexities found in the book that the series skims over.
I enjoyed seeing, over the course of the book Jane's development and the revelations about her home life and the way she is treated as a female cop. I also loved that she's not operfect and that she makes bad decisions sometimes, but what I love most about The Surgeon was the chillingly detailed chapters from The Surgeon's point of view. This is going ot be my next binge re-read and I'm looking forward to it.
I was also put off by the author telling me something in one chapter and reminding me almost immediately in the next. This happened more than once in the early chapters. It was as if the author was writing a serial and not a novel. It reminded me of some American tv, where characters are used to remind each other, and the viewer, what happened before the ad break. It felt clumsy and patronising, as if the reader couldn't be trusted to remember.
I felt that the basic premise was cliched - although that may be because it has been used so often in books and tv shows since this book was written. The sub-plot of a cop falling for someone at the heart of the case is also a huge cliche, but I was pleased with how that relationship worked out.
I was put off by Rizzoli. Granted that she is belittled or ignored both at work and at home, but she appears to be driven by negativity. She also seems to have an inflated sense of her own importance. Throughout the book Moore is central, but suddenly we hear Rizzoli's thoughts - that she knows more about the case than anyone. No real evidence of this, except one scene where she obsesses over a map.
Rizzoli seems sure she is right, even when she does wrong and even when others suffer for it. She even puts herself at risk by not telling anyone where she is going when she follows a lead. Not only is this another cliche, but her behaviour often does not show her in the best light, even though or precisely because she is driven by the need to prove she is as good as others.
It felt as if Moore's earlier centrality to the plot was only in order to make Rizzoli shine all the more (no pun intended) when he is no longer central and she comes to the fore. It is as if Rizzoli has to overcome being sidelined by the author as well as everyone else so we will admire her all the more for succeeding.
It doesn't quite work. Not only does is the reader made to feel for Moore, but the sudden switch to a hitherto marginal and negative character feels forced.
In the end, although the case is solved, Rizzoli's heroism is subverted, this avoids a cliche ending, but it makes me wonder just what the author is saying about Rizzoli and about women: does the ending show female strength or weakness? Or is it meant to be ambiguous?
What is difficult to believe is that Rizzoli appears to suffer no professional consequences for any of her actions. (In the UK a police officer lost their job even though their rule-breaking resulted in a killer being caught.)
On the other hand, while I came to this from the TV series, which I like, I wish reviewers would realise that the books came first!
This is the "real" Rizzoli - the author didn't make Angie Harmon into a nasty person. The TV show softened both the character and the stories. That is what they do. It is highly unlikely that this book would make watchable television. People want likeable heroes. What is just about tolerable in print would be unbearable on screen.
Also, this IS a "Rizzoli and Isles" story, in that it is the first of the series - even if Isles first appears in the next book. Perhaps, when the author first wrote this she had not thought of Isles? Perhaps she always intended to bring her in later? Perhaps "Rizzoli and Isles" was put on this book, as a series title, by the publisher. It doesn't matter. The books should be judged for their content and not by anything else, certainly not by the TV show which, while very good, is something else entirely.
One being she spelled out the obvious instead of allowing the reader to draw conclusions or form an opinion.
Two, just as I was getting interested, she goes off on one of the many excursions into ancient history involving stuff like human sacrifice and torture.
Characters were not believable especially the detectives in the book.
Plot was okay but way too many of the twists and turns were implausible for me. How many times can a captive escape death when bound and tied naked to a bed? Possibly once, but twice? Come on!
Dialogue was stilted much of the time.
I know I am probably in a minority as many rate this book and the author highly. Not for me.