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Author: Tess Gerritsen / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      18.08.2010 11:01

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      A great read, but expect the same formula as her previous books!

      If you enjoy crime thrillers, Gerritsen is one of the best. The books I've read of hers are fast paced, compelling and heart racing and The Mephisto Club is no exception.

      Once again the story revolves around Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli - likeable if not a tad predictable, characters. As always, Gerritsen approaches psychological and personal issues alongside blood chilling details with realism and cold facts that make the story all the more believable - resulting in you sleeping with the light on!

      This book is an entertaining read - any Gerritsen fan will enjoy it as well as new readers. However, some may see her books becoming all too similar and slightly predictable. In particular it seems that Gerritsen has run out of ideas for bringing the story to a close, as after the intensity of the rest of the book, it is a bit of a let down. Compared to some of her previous books where an unexpected twist is taken, the twist in The Mephisto Club is a little bit more, well... expected.

      Perhaps it's time Gerritsen tried something new, but enjoyable all the same.

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      08.06.2010 21:15
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      Tess Gerritsen - The Mephisto Club.

      I recently read The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen and was hooked from start to finish. I just could not put the book down. So when I spotted this book for £2 at a car boot sale I could not believe my luck.

      ===The Author====

      Tess Gerritsen is a qualified doctor and she brings her expertise to all her books. She also has a keen interest in ancient cultures and her passion for such things is all t obvious (especially in this book). She enjoys travelling and currently lives in Maine with her husband. If you would like to learn more about her you can visit her website www.tessgerritsen.com.

      ====The Plot=====

      The Mephisto club is a group of well educated individuals that enjoy hunting down the evils of this world by getting up close and personal with the horrors it creates. They are run by the wealthy Mr Sansone who pulls stings when necessary to get what he wants. I did find this a little unbelievable at times. Sure this character could be rich, but he could not really buy the police at every crime scene. There are a few new characters in this group, but one of its members is very interesting (being a very unlikable character from a previous book).

      When the police find the body of a mutilated woman it is not the murder that draws attention but the religious markings on the walls. Upside down crosses and the phrase "I have sinned" in Latin are written on the walls. When these markings are discovered at more crime scenes Detective Rizzoli and Dr Isles have to pull out all the stops to catch the killer before anyone else gets slaughtered.

      There is a sub plot running alongside the main plot. This explains the background of our serial killer and when everything began. Of course this gives away who is committing the murders, but it is done in a way that you don't really learn much until the end of the book.

      =====My Opinion=====

      Of course I don't want to give too much of the book away to you. It was gripping filled with plenty of gruesome murders and an interesting subplot. What I enjoy most about Tess's books is that you learn a lot whilst you are reading them. But it does not feel like you're learning at all. In this particular book you pick up a lot of information about the time predating Christ. You learn all about Adam and Noah's children from the bible. Parts of the bible that are overlooked of missed out completely.

      Ok for some this is not that brilliant but for the history buffs out there (like me) you can just get lost in the book. The detail is as always brilliant, Tess being a doctor can go to extraordinary lengths to explain something a decomposing body or the effects of slitting someone's throat. This really plays wild with your imagination and makes certain ideas stick in your mind.

      My only criticism of this book (and it is only small) is that I felt that the ending was rushed. You have followed these characters for 464 pages/ 37 chapters and then it's all over in half a chapter. Don't get me wrong the ending was excellent, but I felt it could have been prolonged a little longer. Keep me in suspense for just a few more pages. But this is just me being picky.

      Otherwise a fantastic, can't put the book down read and I would recommend to anyone.

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        24.08.2009 15:26
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        A good story with interesting characters

        The Mephisto Club is a story involving the following two characters, Medical Examiner Dr Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli. These characters have appeared in quite a few other novels by Tess Gerritsen. After reading the other books in the series you become quite attached to the characters and can't wait to start the next book. Keeping the Dead is the next in the series and I should be hopefully starting that one soon.

        The story begins with the brutal murder of a young woman and at the murder scene are the words "I HAVE SINNED" in Latin, the killer used the victims own blood to write these words on the wall. Horrified at what they see before them, the detectives involved in this case race to find the crazed killer.

        The case takes a sudden twist when the victim is linked to the psychiatrist Joyce o' Donnell, the killer left a voicemail on her telephone. What makes it more disturbing is this psychiatrist has a habit of keeping company with serial killers in order to write her book. It is revealed that Joyce O' Donnell is part of a secret society called "The Mephisto Club" this club dedicate their lives to analysing evil and are trying to discover if demons really do walk among humans. At one such gathering they discover a body has been left on the doorstep for them to find. They start to realise that the evil they are studying is also interested in them.

        As the case becomes more complicated and there are no leads to follow Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli find themselves relying on The Mephisto Club. Hopefully they can provide an insight into the elusive killer before he strikes again.

        To be honest I would class this book as being quite gory at times and it does go into quite a bit of detail especially when Maura Isles is performing an autopsy. I do think that this is an integral part of the story though as it shows how sickening the killer actually is.

        This book has quite a good mix of history and religion thrown in which makes it a very interesting and exciting read, it grabs your attention instantly. I even found myself wanting to know more regarding the religious aspect to the story, even though I am not a very religious person. Tess Gerritsen gives you all the answers you are looking for and isn't too heavy with the detail so that it would detract from the story.

        The one thing that is noticeably different compared to her other books is that you are told the killers name, but this doesn't necessarily mean you know who the killer is or what they look like.

        This novel is probably the longest out of all Tess Gerritsen's books but it never feels as though the story is dragging. Before reading The Mephisto Club I would suggest reading the previous books in the series, but to be honest this isn't really essential. The story is easy to pick up even if this is the first book by Tess Gerritsen that you have read.

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          04.03.2009 16:35
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          Police Investigation is aided by an age-old Secret Society!

          One of my more recent discoveries, I first came across her work late last year, is Tess Geritsen and, though I was a bit sceptical at first, over the course of her novels featuring Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, this writer has managed to win me over into becoming one of her biggest fans! With each successive book the plots get tighter, the action and suspense more intense and the characters slowly start to evolve as we get to know more about their private lives away from the job!

          Maura Isles is fighting her attraction to Priest, Father Brody, whilst Rizzoli attempts to come to terms with the pressures of being a mum. They are brought together once more by yet another cycle of violence which cultimates in the body of a young woman at Beacon Hill; not far from where a secret society known as The Mephisto Club gathers to meet. Members of this elite society include someone very close to Isles and Rizzoli who has featured in earlier novels and who is less than their most favourite person. She appears to have a vested interest in the discovery of the body and her own links to the investigation which become even more apparent when she ends up being the next victim. Suddenly the case appears to be getting much more personal....

          The Mephisto Club, it emerges, are a much more sophisticated version of P.J.Tracey's MonkeyWrench crew; a group of individuals dedicated to helping Law Enforcement officials and with their own ideas about the true nature of Serial Killers and the forces of evil. At times, this latest book strays perilously close to the concepts and ideas behind the novels of fellow novellist, John Connolly, with it's notion that certain members of the human race could well be descended from a group of Fallen Angels, but this paticular thriller leaves that strand more heavily open to conjecture than Connolly's work. Still it does make for an interesting debate and certainly gives the reader pause for thought. In this way, this is perhaps Geritsen's most ambitious novel to date and certainly my favourite of the series so far!

          One of the cleverest tools Geritsen uses of course is by having two female leads instead of the traditional one. As Isles and Rizzoli develop their own conflicting ideas and opinions about The Mephisto Foundation, you get to see two sides of an argument that has long required answering; is Evil a result of nature or nurture? Naturally there are no real answers but still the concept makes this novel almost a compelling read. Geritsen has certainly done her research and knows a thing or two about history and theology that was new to me and I couldn't help feeling I walked away with a little more knowledge of such matters than when I started. And you know what they say.... A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!

          If you are new to Geritsen then there is nothing to be lost by picking this book up. There are some references to earlier novels but a knowledge of them is not compulsory!! This book is currently available from all good book retailers and is priced quite reasonably and it is now a slightly older book. It certainly left me gagging for the next in the series and there were plenty of times when I strugled to put the book down.

          A great read from start to finish!

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          21.09.2007 22:24
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          How to ignore attention seeking Scubas way

          In recent times Gerritsen's books have become somewhat longer and this is no exception, at 473 pages long. But I found that reading it I was surprised to reach the end since it was a really gripping storyline, written with Gerritsens usual eye for the detail in both the sections dealing with human anatomy and the case itself.

          The main characters are Maura Isles the local pathologist and Jane Rizzoli. Both women are strong and independant who seem to have a friendship which due to their jobs they rarely allow out of their professional lives. Once again they are brought together by a murder in Boston, a woman is found violently murdered, her head and hand severed. In the house she is found in are 'Satanic' symbols, and a latin phrase meaning 'I have sinned'. Then a second muder occurs another woman, this one a newly transferred homicide detective and she is killed outside the house where a mysterious club is meeting. But what is the Mephisto Club and how can they help in deciphering the symbols left at the scenes, and even more worryingly who is the first victim the owner of the hand found at the first murder scene? Then why are these women the target and is it something to do with Dr Isles?

          I have to apologise since I cant give you any more plot as if I'm being totally frank its been a couple of weeks since I read this and I'm only left with the overwhelming feeling of thorougly enjoying sitting on my sunlounger reading it and ignoring my lovely other half as he lay in bed complaining of his hangover (and beleive me ignoring him is a challenge when he wants attention).

          For me this is a definate 5 star book, as with all Gerritsen's books it is well written, with a gripping storyline which isnt entirely unbeleivable (though at times it does wander in to the borders of believability), and of course it gets itself any remaining stars for the simple fact it caused me to ignore my male when he was at his attention seeking worst.

          As mentioned at the start it is almost 500 pages long which given how much I wanted to find out what happened I was surprised by (it felt much shorter) and cost £3.50 as the cover price is £6.99.

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