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Girl Missing - exciting to the end!
Girl Missing - Tess Gerritsen
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Girl Missing - Tess Gerritsen
Advantages: Good storyline, kept me guessing!
Disadvantages: Bit cheesy and rushed at the end
Tess Gerritsen is an American international best selling author. She started writing romance novels, and then moved in to crime writing. She has sold over 15 millions copies of her books in 31 countries.
Girl Missing (published as 'Peggy Sue got Murdered! in the US) is the first of her books I have read.
The story follows Kat Novak, a Medical Examiner in Albion, near Boston, USA. It seems to follow the typical American crime theme - she's divorced and lives on her own, works too much, lives on coffee etc etc.
The story is about a string of young drug users ending up dead with suspected overdoses. Novak is convinced there is a connection but no one will take her seriously, including her ex-husband Ed Novak, the Acting District Attorney, and Nolan Sampson, Albion's mayor. Kat is so much more than a Medical Examiner, taking it upon herself to do the job of the police and to find out what has happened to the 'junkies' that no one else cares about.
During the investigation she meets Adam Quantrell, the owner of Cygnus Pharmaceuticals, the firm which may or may not be responsible for the manufacture of the new drug which could be causing the deaths. Adam has been trying to trace his step daughter who has gone missing, and is terrified one of the bodies that keep turning up will be her one day. The story follows them on their quest to discover the truth from the Mayors benefit dinner to the lawless streets of South Lexington, a run down part of Albion. They have many questions to answer - where have the drugs have come from? Where is Adam's daughter? What is she hiding from? They meet many people along the way all too scared to talk - why are they all so scared of the police? Is there a serial killer out there? Is Adam as innocent in all this as he says he is?
The book isn't exactly a hard read. I do read fairly quickly, but the paperback of 310 pages has taken me just two days. This is partly due to the ease of reading it, and partly because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next! The story is well written. There were times I wanted to give Kat a good talking to about running away from emotional stuff which I found a frustrating trait in her character. This is her first 'thriller' after changing genres, which is very apparent in the love story that continues throughout the book. Again, a little bit cheesy with the all American boy falling for the girl from the rough area of town.
It kept me guessing until the end, and I had no idea who had done it until the penultimate chapter. I did find the end a little rushed and do think that could have been padded out a bit more.
All in all a great light read for the beach, but maybe take a few of them in case they are all as quick to get through as this one. Apparently this isn't one of her better books, and I did enjoy it, so I would definitely read another one. I think 4 stars from me.
Currently available from Amazon for £2 new plus £2.80 postage and packaging.
Summary: Apparently not her best, but it wouldnt put me off another one