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Presumed Guilty

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,618 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
Miranda's ex-lover is found murdered. She had a motive and the opportunity. After being arrested for the crime, Miranda is shocked to learn she's been released on bail--bail posted by someone determined to remain anonymous. Is someone trying to help Miranda? Or is someone trying to manipulate Miranda and draw her into the dark and secret world of a murdered man, where ever ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Mira Books (first published 1993)
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Mar 15, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Gerritsen writes consistently good books. However, for me, the kind of good they are varies depending upon the era they come from. Presumed Guilty falls into her romantic thriller category, which is my least favourite category for her work. Don’t get me wrong, the books that fall into this category are still great, but there is far too much of a romantic focus (as the category title would suggest).

If you’re a fan of all of Geritsen’s work – by that I mean you have read her early nineties st
Sep 30, 2015 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime, mystery
This is a good mystery thriller that combines all the traditional elements of a small town murder wrapped up in affairs, gossip and secrets with Gerritsen's superb writing talent. Granted there is nothing new or amazingly shocking in the story but sometimes you just need a good bit of crime fluff to break up all the heavy reading I'm sure you do. And this is one of those books. An all round good read.
Nov 23, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
Miranda Wood was finally content, after a terrible couple of weeks, where she quit her job and broke up with her married lover. She had decided to leave the island, start afresh with a new job and new home. Until the night Richard telephoned her, wanting to see her, not believing she would actually leave him. He was coming to her home, and she didn’t want to see him. So she went for a long walk, sat by the water for an hour or so then slowly made her way home. When she saw Richard’s car was stil ...more
Nan Williams
Gosh, it was a Harlequin Romance. It read like one, but like a really well written one. Tess Gerritsen always delivers - even in her very early books. This one was a fast and enjoyable read - much better than most of the high priced suspense novels of today. The plot started with a bang and moved right along. Sure, there were some holes, but some pretty decent twists and turns, as well. It would be a good book for the beach - a quick afternoon read.

The fact that nobody locked their doors when th
Dec 28, 2010 Lauren rated it did not like it
This was possibly one of the worst books I have ever read. Ok, maybe not the worst, but the worst one that I have actually finished. Normally I give up. Life is too short:) But this was a short one and an easy read, and I had to know "who done it."

The weird thing is I read 3 or so other books by this author and enjoyed them. I think this was one of her first books. It is basically a really mediocre murder mystery combined with a romance novel.

Case in point - "She tasted of summer and warmth and
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

"Happy endings are not automatic. Someone has to work for them."

I usually don't like infidelity (don't care if you're the other woman/man or the cheater because you all look the same to me) but this story is different.

When Miranda's ex-lover was found in her bedroom,with her knife sticking out in his chest,she knows she's fucked. It doesn't matter that she knows she's innocent


because everyone in town hates the "other woman."

I thought that I wouldn't like Miranda's character because duh. My cl
Maryann Bosah
Mar 22, 2015 Maryann Bosah rated it really liked it
Tess Gerristen has the ability to weave a tale that is captivatingly good
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Tess ya işte her zaman okunur. Her ne kadar kitabın editinde bazı küçük sorunlar gözüme çarpmış olsa dahi konu iyi. Kimse gerilim beklemesin, macera çünkü. Konu özeti kendini anlatıyor. Kitap akıcı kendini okutuyor. Ben sevdim. Tavsiyemdir:)
Oct 09, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-suspense
This is one of Gerritsen's older books- i.e. Pre-Rizzoli and Isles. And there really isn't anything terribly wrong with that. The characters are not terribly fleshed out. But the plot moves quickly in somewhat unexpected ways that still feel somewhat realistic.

However, I have one major bone to pick with Ms. Gerritsen. Our plucky heroine, Miranda, is falsely accused of killing the man she used to be having an affair with. I cannot tell you how many times Miranda herself and other characters refer
İyiydi güzeldi hoştu sevdim kitabı da beni bazı merak ettiğim sorularla bıraktı kitap sonu daha iyi toparlanmış olabilirdi hızlı bir bitiş oldu bence.

Katil olayı iyiydi ama...

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Oct 19, 2012 HÜLYA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masumiyetin İçin Savaş Orjinal Adı: Presumed Guilty
Goodreads Puanı5/3,60 Benim puanım 5/5 Çok beğendim..Yazarın 1993 Yıllarında yazdığı bir kitap idi.Korktuğum gibi kanlı bir hikaye değildi..Baştan sona kadar çok severek okudum..Yazarındaha önce Bıçak Sırtı romanının okuyup sevmiştim...Yazar hikayede çözülmesi gereken bir cinayeti kurguladığı gibi tutku dolu bir aşkı da unutmamıştı..Okuduğum ikinci kitabı bu yazara hayeranlığım daha da arttı..Kitabın çevirisi beni rahatsız etmedi..
Yazarın diğer
May 23, 2012 Monnie rated it liked it
Presumed Guilty isn't a new book; in fact, it was written about 15 years ago, reprinted and re-released in May 2012 for sale at Most of the reader reviews there were positively awful, though it should be noted that some were simply ticked off that they'd paid good money for a reprint of an old book. Still, after seeing those reviews, I almost didn't start reading it even though Gerritsen is one of my favorite authors.

Now that I've read it, I agree it's far from her best. In a nutshel
Jul 14, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Title: Presumed Guilty

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Synopsis (from

Miranda Wood thinks she has seen the last of Richard Tremain, her rich and married ex-lover—until she discovers him stabbed to death in her bed. With her knife.

Miranda is the obvious suspect, and she looks even guiltier when her bail is posted by an anonymous donor. Was this an act of kindness designed to buy her time to clear her name? Or is someone trying to manipulate Miranda and draw her into the dark and secret world of a mu
Oct 11, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Miranda comes home to find her ex-lover dead in her bed, stabbed with her knife, she knows there's no way anyone will believe it wasn't her. But when someone posts her bail and all sorts of things start to happen, she realises she has to find out who the killer really is, no matter what the cost will be...

As I've said many times before, Tess Gerritsen's romantic thrillers aren't as good as her medical thrillers, but they are still very good. This particular story was my favourite of her rom
Hayal Perest
Feb 06, 2016 Hayal Perest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess ve kitapları için ne diyebilirim ki ..
Yine harika bir kitaptı. Okurken kendimden geçtim diyebilirim. Ve bir gün gibi kısa bir süre de bitti. Okurken sayfaları heyecanla çeviriyor , diğer sayfaya geçmek için can atıyorsunuz. Okuduktan sonra insana "vay be" dedirten cinsten bir kitap. Ve eğer okumaya başlamadıysanız bir an önce gidip alın ve okuyun derim. Tess 'e ve kitaplarına bayılacaksınız.
Sep 01, 2012 Joannine rated it it was amazing
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Jun 27, 2016 Keyleigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tess Gerritsen and mystery novels.
Shelves: crime-mystery
**3.5 Stars**

Presumed Guilty falls into the category of romantic crime novel. The main focus of the book is the relationship forming between the two protagonists, with any crime taking a back seat. I enjoyed reading about both of these strong characters, but found the 'romance' to be paper thin. Besides the initial attraction between both characters, there wasn't really any depth to their relationship. Miranda and Chase were both instantly drawn to each other in a overly predictable way, and t
Tarique Ejaz
"The evidences firmly point in your direction, Ms. Wood. I winder how would go about evading such hard incriminating evidence."

Having read The Surgeon I must say that the works of Gerritsen have started to hold an allure to my attention and curiosity that I couldn't hold off. So I went for this particular novel of hers. Now Presumed Guilty is not as brilliant as The Surgeon but it has its demarcated area of interest and excels in that. It is a subtle and well-written crime thriller with a certai
Valerie Penny
May 07, 2015 Valerie Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy books by Tess Gerritsen. I enjoy thrillers and mysteries so her topics are right up my street. Gerritsen has not always been an author. Although she longed to be a writer, her family had reservations about the sustainability of a writing career, prompting Gerritsen to choose a career in medicine. She was born in San Diego, California, USA on 12 June 1953. In 1975, Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University, California with a BA in anthropology and went on to study medicine at the Unive ...more
Greg Chandler
Apr 20, 2014 Greg Chandler rated it really liked it
Miranda has been guilty of indiscretion, but when she breaks off her affair with a the married lothario, Richard Tremain, she is not guilty of his murder. She is surprised to return home from a walk on the beach to find his nude and bloody corpse in her bed with her kitchen knife embedded in him.

Richard's brother, Chase, the "black sheep" of the family, alternates between helping Miranda clear her name, doubting her innocence and falling in love with her. Somehow, he still isn't sure she didn't
Aug 11, 2014 Inga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Nein, es ist schon besser, dass sich Tess Gerritsen weiterentwickelt und mit Rizzoli und Isles interessante Protagonisten für ihre Bücher geschaffen hat. Gefährliche Begierde (erschienen 1993) ist zwar nicht ganz so konfus wie Call After Midnight und hat eine erkennbare Thrillerhandlung, aber auch hier wirkt die begleitende Liebesgeschichte unglaubhaft und aufgesetzt. Die Charaktere bleiben flach, der Plot entwickelt sich zwar dynamisch, denn die ursprünglich des Mordes an ih
Feb 12, 2013 Burak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess'in her kitabı okunuyor sıkmadan ama Rizzoli serisi kadar heyecanlandırmıyor beni. Rizzoli serisini okurken kendimden geçiyorum resmen ama bunlara da katlanıyoruz. Bu kitapta kötü değildi okunabilirdi. Romantizmi az boğucu değildi. Tamam katil hiç beklemediğim biriydi ama kurgu tamamiyle basitti. Yani Arka sokaklarda bile işlenebilecek bir konuydu.
Sam H
Jul 30, 2016 Sam H rated it really liked it
Tess Gerritsen is one of my top 5 favourite authors, this book is not as good as her rizolli and isle novels. But this was an enjoyable quick read.

Miranda Wood goes for a run to take her mind off of her personal troubles, but when she comes home she has the shock of her life her ex lover is found dead on her bed. There is blood everywhere and it looks like he has been stabbed to death with a knife from her kitchen. She is of course the prime suspect and is arrested for his murder, his wife and
Nov 15, 2015 Gökhann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess'in harlequin gunlerinden kalan kafayla yazdığını düşünüyorum.İçinde baskın aşk şeyisini çıkarır yada hafifletirsen dört dörtlük kitap olur.
Aşkın başrolde olduğu polisiye severler için ideal kitaplardan biri ama benim için değil.
Jan 05, 2016 Abi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read a novel by Gerritsen before, but hearing only good things from friends, I decided to give one a go and I wasn't disappointed.

As a fan of crime thrillers the storylines can become a little samey and whodunnit dull, but this book was written so well I didn't get that feeling. Within the first few pages the murderer had struck, which packed a punch, and the supposed murderess was caught. Where stories in this genre then take the usual route of following the detective solve the cri
Ceren Ünlü
Oct 15, 2012 Ceren Ünlü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bence Tess her zaman okunur. Yine döktürmüş, polisiyenin kraliçesi... Rizzoli serisi kadar olmasa da ben soluksuz okudum... Yazarın dili büyülemeye devam ediyor, her zaman ki gibi... Harikasın Tess...
Nov 07, 2014 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Dit boek is een van de eerste thrillers van de hand van Tess Gerritsen. Leuk om even tussendoor te lezen, de spanning zit er goed in, misschien iets te zoetsappig.
Dilek Öz
Diğer kitaplarına kıyasla yine yeterince olmamış bir Tess Gerritsen kitabı daha. Konuyu uzatmak için verilen detaylar çok fazlaydı bana göre. Bir gerilim romanında tasvire fazla başvuruyorsanız, tasvir ettiğini şey bir şeylerle bağlantılı çıkmalı yoksa gereksiz söylemden ileri gidemiyor gözümde. Kurguyu da vasat buldum açıkçası. Çıkar çatışması üzerinden ilerleyip çok farklı bir sonla bitirmek, evet şaşırtmak adına iyi bir hamle ama, o kadar detayı neden eklediniz sorusunu oluşturuyor insanın ka ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Jody rated it liked it
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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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