- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (July 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007432437
- ISBN-13: 978-0007432431
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
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About the Author
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and applies her expert knowledge of emergency procedures and autopsies to her novels. She studied anthropology at Stanford University, where she catalogued human remains that were hundreds of years old. She continues to travel the world, pursuing her interests in ancient cultures and mysterious natural phenomenon. She lives with her husband in Maine.
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Dr. Claire Elliott moves to Tranquility, Maine with her teenage son, Noah, to get away from the evils of the big city, Baltimore. She soon finds that she is shunned as an outsider, assumed to be incompetent, losing patients and money, and unable to make headway against a mystery disease. All of this seems to tie together into something that has been going on for hundreds of years. What is it?
The conflicts between the characters are pretty predicatable, so it is impressive that Ms. Gerritsen can keep the mystery working through the obvious plot complications and setbacks. You can figure out the mystery though. There are many clues, decently scattered at large intervals along the way, but it is a fairly interesting premise as medical mysteries go. The medical mystery solution made me glad that I finished the book.
After you read this book, you should think about what you can do to be more friendly and cooperative with other people. Many chances to have a more beneficial and positive relationship are lost when both sides aren't open enough. Assume the best about the other person's motives and competence, and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find out how often you are correct.
Build a better world, one relationship at a time!
I was first introduced to Mrs. Gerritsen through "Gravity" and was very surprised by just how good she is at her job. As a medical thriller writer, Tess Gerritsen is the best in my option. This author leaves the others in the dust.
In "Bloodstream", Mrs. Gerritsen is once again in top form. With well developed characters, which the reader will care about. Not just the "lead" characters, but all the characters. Any one who has ever moved to a new town will understand the problems that occur in trying to fit in with the population, especially in a small town. The author does a great job in plotting these problems into the story line. And using them to advance the plot. Yes, I will agree with one reviewer that there are a couple of loose ends. To me though these couple of things didn't matter to the plot. They just showed what was happening all over the town. "Bloodstream" is a very well written book, with a tight plot and very well developed characters. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it highly to any one who likes a good mystery.
However, the town's adolescents are attacking and sometimes killing friends, family, and teachers. Claire notices the abnormality in the scans of two her patients, who committed violent acts. She also learns that a similar destructive act occurred over a half of century ago. Claire is willing to do what it takes to stop a growing menace that threatens to destroy the town even if her neighbors refuse to accept what she has learned is the truth.
Tess Gerritsen can do no wrong when writing her medical thrillers. Drawing from her own medical background, this extremely talented writer pens a thriller that is also a social commentery on the ills of toxic waste and a resort community's "hush and the problem will go away attitude." There is no doubt that BLOODSRTREAM will hit the New York Times bestseller list as it rivals anything that Palmer and Cook can do. This is Tess Gerritsen's best work yet.
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