#109. The Surgeon

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
First in the Jane Rizzoli series

Pages: 359
Finished: Nov. 7, 2007
Reason for Reading: I've read reviews of books by Gerritsen and thought I'd try the first book in this series.
First Published: 2001
Genre: thriller
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

Today they will find her body.

Comments: A serial killer is brutally raping then removing body parts from his victims. The trail leads the police to a victim who escaped from her assailant two years ago. The crimes are identical, only the previous victim managed to kill her rapist before he killed her. Are the police dealing with a copycat killer?

This was a gruesome, bloody serial killer book. I enjoyed the hard, edgy story. My main problem with the book was that I didn't enjoy the main female character, Jane Rizzoli. She is a bitter, man-hating type of woman which, personally, I found tedious and annoying. She shared equal page time with the main male character though, who I did like. This is also not the type of mystery where you can guess the killer, the killer is an unknown and the story is more about how the police track him/her down than who he/she is. I do prefer the thrill of trying to guess the killer. But overall, the story was compelling and scary and I'm enough interested to want to read the next in the series. I'm interested in seeing if Rizzoli grows as a character, as there were indications in this novel that she might.


  1. I LOVE these books! I didn't mind Jane. I can understand her being a bit hard edged. When you're single for a long time you do get to meet a lot of drop-kick guys!! That'd make anyone appear man-hating after a while!

    This is the sort of book that you wince while reading, but of course you can't put it down. The sequels are great.

  2. Thanks for that perspective frogdancer! I'm looking forward to next one and hoping I'll like Jane better in it.

  3. This was the first book I read by Tess Gerritsen. I really enjoyed it!! Of course, I still haven't read any more, but I will. One day!!


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