A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

73. Vanish

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
Fifth Jane Rizzoli mystery

Pages: 336
Finished: Apr. 19, 2008
First Published: 2005
Genre: thriller
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

My name is Mila, and this is my journey.

Reason for Reading: next in the series. This qualifies for my 'V' book for the a-z challenge. I won this book from Joy in the last contest for the a-z participants.

Comments: A woman is taken to the morgue and one evening as Dr. Isles is working she hears noises. She is surprised to find that the dead woman is actually alive and she is taken to the hospital in a very agitated state. At the same time, Jane Rizzoli is going into labour and about to be admitted to the hospital. The dead woman (now alive) grabs a security guard's gun and shoots him, then takes hostages and Jane just happens to be in the room that the panicked woman has taken over.

Another fabulous entry in this series! I couldn't put it down. The narrative alternates between the present hostage situation and the story of a Russian teenager who was brought to America as a slave and prostitute. The two stories eventually converge. This is an intense ride of illegal immigration, government conspiracy, a hostage situation, murder and torture. Fans will be pleased with more of what they have come to expect from Gerritsen. As an added bonus I was thrilled to see the return of Thomas Moore (from The Surgeon), even if it was just a small part.

I just have one more book to go in this series, then I'll read her latest book which is a standalone.


  1. I love this author's books. I know some people didn't think The Bone Garden was as good as her series books but I thought it was great.

  2. So far I've found that I really enjoy it when an author publishes something quite different from their norm so I'm hoping I'll like the Bone Garden. It's encouraging to hear you say it was good! It certainly sounds good to me.