by Tess Gerritsen
Tess Gerritsen started out her writing career as an author of romance books. I have never read one of those by her. She also is a doctor and moved into the genre of medical suspense thrillers. I have read many of those, my favorites being Harvest, The Surgeon, Silent Girl, and Keepsake to name a few.
Girl Missing is the book that she wrote that bridged the romance era with the suspense thrillers. It was originally published as Peggy Sue Got Murdered. There is a budding romance in this book, but it takes a back seat to a series of deaths of Jane Does.
Kat Novak is an assistant medical examiner who does an autopsy on a woman whose body was found in her old neighborhood of the projects. A second female corpse is found in the same location. A male from the neighborhood is in intensive care. Unbeknownst to Kat, one of her partners autopsied a 3rd Jane Doe. All causes of death similar.
Kat believes there is a dangerous new drug out on the streets that kills junkies. She is very concerned. The police and city hall don’t care. Who cares if a few junkies die? The world would be a cleaner place.
Someone wants to see the bodies. He is looking for his step-daughter who had a drug problem. Kat shows him the victims, and he is relieved that they are not his step-daughter Maeve. Mr. Quantrell happens to be president of a multimillion dollar pharmaceutical company whose new pain drug will give long lasting relief to cancer patients. It is still in the testing phase. Is this the culprit involved in the deaths or is it something else? And if it comes from the pharmaceutical company, how did it get out of the research lab?
As most of her suspense thrillers are, it was a fast read. I didn’t want to stop reading because I wanted to see how the parts all fit together. I gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 because while it was good, it wasn’t her best.
Do something nice for yourself. Sit down and relax with a good book. Happy Reading!