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Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles #5)

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A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the
Paperback, 401 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Ballantine Books
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Jul 02, 2012 Buggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opening Line: "My name is Mila, and this is my journey."

VANISH is part 5 in the Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series. I read it as a stand alone however and did just fine, so I can recommend it that way too. I’d also never heard of author Tess Gerritsen before this but will definitely be searching out more from her and this series. I loved her style of writing, the realistic characters, the suspenseful medical based plot and the fast moving thrill of this story as a whole. There were elements tha
Alisha Marie
I tend to read Tess Gerritsen books when I feel a reading slump coming on. They're just the perfect books to curb them since they're quick books that have you turning pages at an alarming speed. Anyway, that's why I picked up Vanish. I've been in final project hell and needed something that I would get into right away. While Vanish wasn't my favorite in the Rizzoli and Isles series, it definitely didn't disappoint.

Vanish doesn't so much start off with a bang, but rather a creepy and effective be
April Thompson
May 26, 2015 April Thompson rated it liked it
This one was a little hard for me to swallow. The things done to the girls in this book, shook me to the core. Another fast paced read though. Kudos to Gerritsen for continuing her outstanding series.
Apr 08, 2009 Sandi rated it liked it
Recommended to Sandi by: Mary JL Lesch
Let me just start off by saying that I don't read a lot of mystery/thrillers. However, it seems to me that one of the conventions of the genre requires have some sort of cop/detective in a series of books that all stand-alone. (Unlike the fantasy genre in which all the books in a series need to be read in order.) When I'm browsing in the genre, I sometimes get confused as to who the writer is and who the detective is. In the case of "Vanish" by Tess Gerritsen, I think the story would have been b ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
My name is Mila, and this is my journey

Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli was hot, cranky and very pregnant! She was in the witness box with a hostile defendant, one Billy Rollo, whom his female attorney couldn't seem to control. The judge was angry, and after another burst of abuse from the Rollo, he furiously ordered the bailiff to escort him from the court. With a shout of rage, Rollo attacked the bailiff and wrestled him to the floor. Jane heaved herself out of her chair, picked up the handcuff
Oct 13, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
My name is Mila and this is my journey.

I came to this country with great expectations of making a new life for myself. The thought of going overseas to start a new life left me with great joy. I had these great thoughts in my head of having a good job then meeting a handsome man who i would fall in love with and having many friends i could trust. The truth i discovered though was one of horror beyond redemption. One were all my expections were blown apart from lies so savage it left me scared an
Sandra Bašić
May 16, 2016 Sandra Bašić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobra "stara" Tess!
Dec 06, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the first five books this was the one I was looking forward to the most. With Rizzoli as a hostage it seemed as though the book would be brilliant. Whilst it was a great read it wasn’t quite what I was expecting – I really had been expecting something a little bit more.

A lot of people seem to dislike this book as a lot of it comes from the point of view of Special Agent Gabriel Dean. Personally, I rather enjoyed it (as I have a soft spot for the relationship between Dean and Rizzoli) and have
Neide Parafitas
Apr 07, 2013 Neide Parafitas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2013
Depois de um dia de trabalho, a médica-legista Maura Isles só quer abandonar a sala de autópsias e ir para casa, mas ao sair dá-se conta de ouvir um barulho... mas de onde vem ele? Das gavetas... não pode ser! Maura abre-as... repara que no interior das duas primeiras estão dois cadáveres (como seria de supor), mas a terceira... é uma mulher, cujos olhos estão bem abertos... está viva!!

Assim começa este quinto livro da série Rizzoli & Isles.

A desconhecida é levada para o hospital, mas em pân
Sercan Vatansever
Tess Gerritsen'in Siliniş romanı diğer romanlarından iki farklı açıdan ayrılıyor. İlki; Siliniş, Gerritsen'in diğer kitaplarına nazaran daha toplumsal bir konuya değiniyor. Her ne kadar gizli olsa da bence toplumsal. İnsan ticareti, kadın kaçakçılığı... Diğeri ise; Tess'in okuduğum en kötü kitabı olması. Gerilimden eser yok ve aile dramıyla boğulmuş bir kitap. Kısa sürede okuyacağım diye düşünürken beklediğimden çok daha fazla vaktimi aldı. 40 yaşındaki ergen Maura'nın kitapta fazla yer almaması ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow at first, but gets increasingly better

This book started off with a somewhat intriguing hook that devolved into a hostage situation. I am not a huge fan of long hostage negotiation stories, so for me this really slowed the book down.
Somewhere beyond halfway through the crisis resolves and the main conflict is (re)introduced. At this point, I felt the plot began to move much more quickly. Gerritsen sometimes seems like one of those authors that writes the ending first and builds to it. Her e
Hayal Perest
Feb 06, 2016 Hayal Perest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitabın bu kadar iyi olacağını düşünmemiştim hiç . Sözcükler hala aklımda..
"Adım Mila ve bu benim yolculuğum.." bu söz o kadar etkileyiciydi ki.. Unutacağımı sanmıyorum.
Tess , bu kitabında da kalemini ortaya koymuş. Okurken kendinizden geçeceğiniz bir kitap daha .Tess , bu işi biliyor dedirtiyor insana . Diyecek söz bulamıyorum . Bence gidin ve bir an önce Tess kitaplarını okumaya başlayın.. Pişman olmayacaksınız..
Gordana Vuckovic-Glusac
Nov 04, 2013 Gordana Vuckovic-Glusac rated it it was amazing
I like how each book of Rizzoli & Isles series has different topics and yet all of them (so far) are great thrillers with lot of twists. Can't wait to read the next five books in this series.
In Vanish we are introduced to two characters that impact the story greatly. Mila who narrates several chapters and Rizzoli's newborn daughter. With that said, let's go back to the beginning. Maura Isles is working late in the morgue and is about to go home tired and ready for her bed when she senses movement in the refrigeration area. That could not be she thinks, but then she hears movement again, and she begins to check the body bags one by one. Upon opening one of the bags she is greeted by ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Fergie rated it liked it
I contemplated giving Tess Gerritsen's Vanish four stars, but ultimately decided to give it three stars when I compared it to the prior three novels I read of this series -- The Sinner, Body Double, and The Mephisto Club. In Vanish, Tess Gerritsen is still at her intelligent best, writing a thought-provoking, sharp commentary around the topic of human trafficking in the form of the sexual slave trade in the United States. The story veers between Gerritsen's typical third person account to a firs ...more
4,5 stars


Um dos maiores medos do ser-humano é acordar depois da morte...

Um corpo de uma mulher chega à morgue. Esta foi encontrada num dos portos de Boston, o corpo virado de costas para cima, movimentando-se ao sabor da água. As autoridades competentes são chamadas e após alguns procedimentos básicos são realizados para assegurar que esta vítima de afogamento pode ser declarada morta e enviada para a morgue, para que lhe seja efectuada uma autópsia.
Nov 10, 2011 Singing rated it it was amazing
The topic of human trafficking is so, so depressing to me. As a neuroscience major and now resident physician, I have been trained to care for people not just because of my vocation, but by choice and common sense. I finished this book at the same time the Penn State scandal broke through, and its message resonates with me that much more. Tess Gerritsen has done a beautiful job of tying in the very real horrors of the sex trade with the world of Rizzoli & Isles. I would say this book definit ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is one of my favorite books in the series - The Keepsake(2008), is my very favorite. Vanish is a memorable story with an intense ending. If you like Vanish, try The Siege by Stephen White. If you liked The Siege, try Vanish by Tess Gerritsen :-) They have similar storylines, both dealing with hostage situations.
Wayland Smith
May 19, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it liked it
This is the only book series I can think of where I like the tv adaptation better. Gerritsen is a good writer, but I just find it hard to like the book versions of either Rizzoli or Isles. I find Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander's portrayals to be people I enjoy, whereas the novel versions, a lot less so.

In this story, the very pregnant Rizzoli captures a prisoner trying to escape from custody in court when her water breaks-- a scene I found a little hard to believe. Dr. Isles gets a huge surpr
-#5 in the Rizzoli-Isles Series-I’m really liking this series. This is about illegal Russian immigrants, prostitution, murder and politicians abusing power. The mystery is great. The action is great. And we continue to learn more about Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. In this one, the focus is more on Jane. She is pregnant and has the baby in the middle of this story. The ending is good. I think it could have been better. I guess because I didn’t want it to end.
Kemal Demirkol
Jun 16, 2016 Kemal Demirkol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siliniş ile birlikte biten seri olarak devam ettiğim ( Rizzoli – Isles ) 5. Kitabı oldu. Her defasında "kanımca" üstüne koyan bir yazar oldu ve gerçekten şaşırttı bu sefer. Yazarın dili gayet okunulabilir ve açık. Diğer romanlarında seri katil olarak giden olayları konu alan yazar bu kitapta dedektifin cinayet araştırması, polisiye olarak macera romanı gibi ilerlemiş. Daha doğrusu adli tıp konularını ele alan değil katilin takibi olarak diyebilirim. Gerilimi gayet yüksek, oldukça sürükleyici, ak ...more
Lynn Spencer
Feb 27, 2014 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
4.5 stars This is my favorite Rizzoli & Isles book so far. Some of the subject matter in this book is truly disturbing(those who find plots involving sexual assault triggering may want to avoid this one), but I thought the author did a good job not only of telling a story but also of delving deep into a problem that lingers in the shadows of many cities and towns. As with some of the other books in this series, Gerritsen has a way of making the reader think she has figured out the plot of th ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Karla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-crime
Harrowingly brilliant.

A tale of human trafficking and all that goes with it.

Mark Soone
I would likely go 3.5 stars were that an option, but for me this fell just short of 4 so 3 stars it is.

This series has really grown on me in the past 2 books and gone from a time filler between reads to one that I very much look forward to and enjoy. Rizzoli and Isles started out a little cardboardish or 2 dimensional for my tastes, but they have connected more with me in these past 2 books, and have gained more depth and substance...although I am not sure that I really like Rizzoli a ton.

This b
C. Clark
Mar 08, 2015 C. Clark rated it it was amazing
I don't normally appreciate multiple points of view, but Vanish by Tess Gerritsen pulled it off excellently. This might be my favorite of Ms. Gerritsen's books. Rizzoli ready to birth her baby in the midst of a hostage situation, Maura having a body wakeup in her morgue, the hovering and wondering how Mila's POV will work into the picture, the tension when all this comes together in several climaxes before the big one, not to mention involving the baby in the end. Whew. Nice ride. The characters ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Ladysmartypants rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
The beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. But when medical examiner Maura Isles looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life.

The corpse opens its eyes.

Now very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where she murders a security guard and seizes hostages, one of whom is the heavily pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli.

But who is this woman, and what does she want? Only Jane can solve the mystery - if she survives the night.

Ein hoc
Nov 26, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New Your Times bestselling author of Body Double.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down as the body, she gets t
Compared with the other novels in this series, this one is more laid back when it comes to action. It's more of suspense and mystery, and Jane is now a mom. She's such a relentless cop even on maternity leave.

Before I get to the low down on this, I want to express how impressed I still am with Ms Gerritsen's writing. She makes the characters real. Here is Jane hours from childbirth and she is testifying in court, and after that she even apprehended the wild defendant - that's when her water brok
Lynsey A
This was a great and fast paced read. It kept my heart-racing from the first page.

I think this is the most disturbing of all of the series that I've read so far. Nothing is more heartbreaking and devastating than to read about sex-trafficking. It is one of the most awful things that occur in this country and countries all over the world. It makes me sick to my stomach to even think about it. Reading about it wasn't my favorite thing but the story was so intriguing that it kept me going. I wanted
Jul 23, 2014 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New Your Times bestselling author of Body Double.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down as the body, she gets t
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Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller
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Rizzoli & Isles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1)
  • The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles, #2)
  • The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)
  • Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4)
  • The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles, #6)
  • The Keepsake (Rizzoli & Isles, #7)
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“My name is Mila, and this is my journey.
There are so many places where I could begin the story. I could start in the town where I grew up, in Kryvicy, on the banks of the Servac River, in the district of Miadziel. I could begin when I was eight years old, on the day my mother died, or when I was twelve, and my father fell beneath the wheels of the neighbour’s truck. But I think I should begin my story here, in the Mexican desert, so far from my home in Belarus. This is where I lost my innocence. This is where my dreams died.”
“She pressed her fingers to the woman’s neck and felt icy skin.
Bending close to the lips, she waited for the whisper of a breath, the faintest puff of air against her cheek.
The corpse opened its eyes.”
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