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The grass is always greener on the other side and everyone from Fievel the mouse (An American Tail) to Maria (West Side Story) dreams of making a new life in America. Unfortunately America's stringent immigration policies exclude the many and for those upon whom the legal doorways of entry are firmly closed there are many other ways of beginning the new life of which they dream. Many try independently and fail, many more pay huge amounts of money to human traffickers in return for falsified papers and jobs in the United States. But for everyone successful illegal immigrant there are countless thousands who get turned away, die trying or worse still enter the land of their dreams only to find it houses their biggest nightmare.
Orphaned Mila has nothing left in her home town of Kryvicy. She and a friend save what little they have and buy positions as nannies for American families. They know that they do not have the correct papers and the journey will be arduous, perhaps they are all too aware that the jobs may not exist but someday some how they will live the American dream, if they can survive the American nightmare.
Tess Gerritsen presents Mila's journey in an accessible and addictively readable manner. From Mila's entry into Mexico to her first glimpses of what her new life has in store, through the brutality and into events so graphically described that at times the mere thought of what happened to this fictional character make you feel queasy. Although this is fiction it mimics reality a little too closely for comfort and on more than one occasion I recalled a similar new story which merely added to the feeling of dread and a deep seated knowledge of what would happen next.
There were times though when even the expected was unexpected and several plot twists developed which kept you on the edge of your seat.
Like all Tess Geritsen's previous novels this is brilliantly written, incredibly detailed and addictively gripping.
As in my other review I said that I Love Tess Gerritsen books and this one is a great read.
The story involves the characters of Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles, Also characters in her other books; The Sinner, Body double, The Surgeon, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, The Apprentice, and Keeping the Dead.
Vanish begins where a character called Mila is describing her journey through the Mexican desert travelling with six other girls one which is her best friend across the border into America in search of their new happy fairytale lives. All is soon to be ravelled, and what is meant to be the American dream unravels a story of deceit and torture for these young girls.
The story also coincides with a nameless woman who appears to be an apparent suicide case waiting for the medical examiner to complete an autopsy. But this too is not what it seems and when the body bag is unzipped and ravels that the corpse is still alive. The "dead" woman is rushed to the hospital where she murders a security guard and seizes hostages. Heavily pregnant Detective Jane Rizzoli is one of those hostages.
As most of Tess Gerritsen books, this too gets the adrenaline rushing and totally captivates the reader's imagination, from start to finish the story has many twists, turns and cliff hangers.
You find you just can not put this book down and truly feel in the story and connected to the characters.
Once again a fantastic book from start o finish, however I would like to mention the story is based around the sex trafficking industry and some scenes can be quite disturbing and very detailed but try not to be put off.
Well I have said in a previous review that I am in a reading frenzy at the moment and I am going through books thick and fast. So with that in mind I thought I would let you know what I thought of the most recent book I have finished.
This story is by Tess Gerritsen and is a thriller called Vanish it involves the characters of Detective Jane Rizzoli and also the Medical Examiner Maura Isles. There are a series of books which contain these characters which are as follows. The Surgeon, The Apprentice, The Sinner, Body Double, Vanish, The Mephisto Club and The Keepsake or the UK title of Keeping the Dead. I am looking forward to starting The Mephisto Club when I find the time to sit down and relax.
Vanish begins with Mila describing her journey through the Mexican desert such a long way from her home in Belarus. Mila is travelling with her best friend and five other girls, they are to be transported across the border into America to begin what they have been told will be new and happy lives. They soon discover that they have been terribly deceived. The story then cuts to the Medical Examiner Maura Isles who after working late at the morgue unzips a body bag labelled as Jane Doe. Instantly she is horrified to discover that the unnamed woman is in fact very much alive. Maura immediately rushes her to hospital where after trying to be restrained she fights back and with cool precision she murders a security guard and takes hostages. Jane Rizzoli who is heavily pregnant in the same hospital unknowingly becomes entangled in the ensuing hostage situation. Scared for herself and her unborn child she wonders what this womans demands are and if she will kill to get her way.
From here the story has many twists and turns and you are left wondering at many points about who is corrupt or bad and who should the characters put their trust in.
Tess Gerritsen has a way of bringing the characters to life and once you have finished a book you want to immediately start the following one in the series to find out what is going to happen to the characters next.
Just to note that Vanish has quite a hard hitting theme running through it regarding the sex traffic industry and can be a little hard to stomach at times.
My copy is in hardback, it cost £3.99 I bought it from the British Heart Foundation I would say this is one of the best charity shops for purchasing books. They seem to have a larger selection of books on offer so the next time you are passing it's definitely worth a look in.