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Call After Midnight

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,003 ratings  ·  135 reviews
A ringing phone in the middle of the night begins a horrific journey for newlywed Sarah Fontaine when she is given the news that her husband, Geoffrey, has been killed in a hotel fire in Berlin. Convinced that Geoffrey is still alive, she challenges special agent Nick O'Hara of the U.S. State department to prove her wrong as they crisscross Europe in a desperate search, tr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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I had to abandon this one because it annoyed me thoroughly. It started off as a passable thriller about a woman who is told her husband has died in mysterious circumstances and it would appear he is a spy. She gets a strange phonecall from her dead husband and sets off to try and track him down. This is where I stopped as I couldn't take any more. The heroine is not interesting and on the day she's burying her 'husband' she's fantasising about the eye candy from the consulate! It gets worse as t ...more
Call After Midnight is the third stand-alone novel by popular author, Tess Gerritsen. The action starts with Simon Dance, alias Geoffrey Fontaine, faking his own death in a hotel-room fire in Berlin. When his wife of two months, Sarah, is notified of the death in a late-night call by State Department employee Nick O’Hara, she is convinced it is a mistake. By the time Nick O’Hara has shared with her the facts he has learned, Sarah realises she really did not know her husband at all. A haunting ph ...more
It was an OK read but not one of her best. There were a few twists and turns but they weren't really surprises and it seemed a bit Mills & Boon'ish in places, I found the main female character quite annoying after the first few chapters.
Kate Rogers
I didn't get very far with this book as it is, quite frankly, the most sloppily written load of old tosh I have ever wasted my time on.

Informing a woman of her husband's death by telephone? Ordering her to attend an interview the following morning? Cobblestoned London streets? 'Serving girls' in London pubs? I suppose one should feel grateful she stopped short of using the word 'wench'! To say nothing of the first flowers of early spring jostling along with cottage gardens rioting with cornflow
Anna R
That was my second Tess Gerritsen novel, but I must say, that the first one was so much better. Call After Midnight is one of her first novel and unfortunately we can see that in the book. The intrigue and plot are not so bad themselves, but characters and their love to each other is unbelievable. So after your husband die, you see another men twice - one at his office and later at the funeral and you already have feelings for him? I don't think so. Still, it's a very fast read, great when you a ...more
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
An ok read, nothing special. Not one of her best.
Sandi Willis
I started listening to this book as a patron at the library said there was a lot of skipping on the first CD. As I listened to the CD I became more involved in the story so I checked it out to finish it, which I did in one night! I couldn't sleep until I found out what happened to Sarah Fontaine's husband. The story begins with a man being attacked in his hotel room. From there we find State Department employee Nick O'Hara calling to tell Sarah Fontaine that her husband of two months died in a B ...more
Gimana rasanya, jika suatu malam seorang staf kedutaan menelpon dan mengabari bahwa suami yang kita cintai, tewas dalam suatu kebakaran ? Rasanya dunia hancur ! Kehilangan seseorang yang kita cintai, apalagi rumah tangga baru dibina selama 2 bulan, tentunya ranjang pengantin masih hangat-hangatnya, suasana bulan madu masih terasa, tapi kini yang ada hanya kekosongan…

Gimana rasanya, jika suatu saat ditelpon oleh orang yang kita rindukan dan baru saja kita makamkan, dan meminta kita untuk datang k
Holly McIntyre
Having read some of Gerritsen's recent novels, I picked up this unabridged audiobook from the library for a road trip.

The suspense/thriller part of the plot was good, as I expected, but I was confused by what seemed to be anachronisms: referring to the "KGB" and "East Germany", using pay phones not cell phones. The pseudo-soft-core "romantic" scenes were just plain annoying. Looking the book up on Amazon I found that Call after Midnight was originally published as a Harlequin novel in 1987! -- m
Sarah kann glücklicher nicht sein. Ist sie doch frisch verheiratet, mit dem gutaussehenden Geoffrey Fontaine. Doch lange soll dieses Glück nicht halten, denn ein Anruf, kurz nach Mitternacht lässt ihr Leben aus dem Ruder laufen.
Der Botschafter Nick O'Hara ist am Apparat, um ihr mitzuteilen, dass ihr Mann tot in einem Hotel gefunden wurde. Für Sarah bricht natürlich eine Welt zusammen, doch als sie hört, wo er gestorben sein soll, wird sie wieder voller Hoffnung geflutet. Das konnte einfach nicht
Nülifer Akdemir
Simon Dance , Berlin'de otel odasında saklanmış kendisini takip eden adamı beklemektedir. Adam onu öldürmek için gelince Dance erken davranır ve adamı öldürür. Adamı kendi yatağına yatırır, alyansını da adamın parmağına geçirir ve odayı ateşe verir, sessizce oradan uzaklaşır.

Sarah Fontaine sıradan bir kadındır, pek çoklarına göre güzel sayılmaz. Gece yarısı çalan telefonla uyanır, arayan dışişleridir. Kocası ülke dışında kaldığı otelde yanarak ölmüştür. Sarah şok olur. İşin içinde bir tuhaflık
Tess Gerritsens Der Anruf kam nach Mitternacht ist eine konfuse Spionage-/Liebesgeschichte, die sie erstmals 1987 veröffentlicht hat. Frühwerk - und das merkt man sehr.
Sarah Fontaine erfährt per Anruf, dass ihr Mann Geoffrey in Berlin ermordet worden sein sill. Sie glaubt nicht recht daran und sucht nach der Wahrheit. Führte Geoffrey ein Doppelleben? War er ein Agent? In Nick O`Hara, einem Mitarbeiter des Botschafters in Washington, findet sie einen Verbündeten, der mit ihr in London und Berlin
Vera VB
Sarah Fontaine wordt al snel na haar huwelijk weduwe. Haar man is dood aangetroffen in een uitgebrande hotelkamer in Berlijn. Berlijn? Haar man was toch in Londen? Nick O'Hara, een diplomaat die zich bezich houdt met slecht nieuws brengen, laat zich snel in met de weduwe. Hij is benieuwd naar het verhaal achter waarom de man van Sarah niet in Londen is. Al snel blijkt dat haar man tot voor een jaar helemaal niet bestond.
Geïntrigeerd door zowel Sarah als de zaak, gaat hij met haar op onderzoek.
The Which
This book was misshelved as a thriller at my library when it is clearly a romance with some suspenseful moments. I don't give a 2 star rating strictly for being a romance, though. That wouldn't be fair, even if I don't particularly care for the genre.

No, the 2 star rating is for Sarah and Nick falling in love at Sarah's (view spoiler) husband's funeral. And for the very cheesey, one dimensional bad guy. Who maybe turns out to not be so one dimensi
Sarah , recently married after a whirlwind romance is woken up late at night with a call from the State Department advising her husband has died in a hotel fire. Unwilling to accept this she starts investigating into the loop holes that are convincing her that her husband is still alive. Nick O'Hara the agent from the Consulate gets tied into her investigations and together they travel through Europe to find the missing pieces. Unfortunately it is just not Sarah and Nick who are not convinced an ...more
This tale was copyrighted in 1987 and Ms. Gerritsen's writing has come a long way since then. It is a romantic, international thriller including representatives of the U. S. State Department, CIA, Mossad and one microbiologist, all of whom get in each other's way. Our heroine, the microbiologist, is married to an ex-Mossad agent who fakes his own death. She learns of his passing but then has reason to suspect that he yet lives. She decided she must find him and the chase is on. The story line is ...more
Lara Murray
I'm only giving this book 2 stars as it didn't seem to be much of a story, it just seemed to build up to nothing. It felt like the end was sort of rushed, as though the author just wanted to end the book instead of finish it off properly.
The characters didn't have enough story built around them, so they were all boring and slightly predictable.
I'm sorry if i'm upsetting any fans of this book but in my opinion it was badly written and lacked any imagination or plot.
Saying this i have still gi
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Martı bunu tekrar bassa yakınlarda.
The Cats Mother
While not quite as eye-rollingly awful as her first book, this is still a long way from the brilliance of her Rizzoli & Isles books: it first came out in 1987 but has been re-published with a shiny cover and lots of quotes about what a great author she is - well she is now, but was obviously still learning...
Our heroine Sarah is a mousy microbiology researcher (this has no relevance to the plot, as you might expect, but just shows how lonely and boring her life is) with horn-rimmed spectacle
I just finished this one for a second time(06/18/14). I didn't intend to read it twice but I'd purchased it combined with "Under The Knife" for a reasonable price and didn't remember the story based on the description on the back of the book. However, I did enjoy this book both times that I read it. It's just not a story that stuck with me. It has just enough mystery, romance, and action to satisfy and keep one reading.

I did get a little tired of Sarah's fickleness. She constantly is shifting be
Gimana rasanya, jika suatu malam seorang staf kedutaan menelpon dan mengabari bahwa suami yang kita cintai, tewas dalam suatu kebakaran ? Rasanya dunia hancur ! Kehilangan seseorang yang kita cintai, apalagi rumah tangga baru dibina selama 2 bulan, tentunya ranjang pengantin masih hangat-hangatnya, suasana bulan madu masih terasa, tapi kini yang ada hanya kekosongan…

Gimana rasanya, jika suatu saat ditelpon oleh orang yang kita rindukan dan baru saja kita makamkan, dan meminta kita untuk datang k
Sarah Fontaine was a devoted worker in her career of choice, and when she received a phone call in the middle of the night, telling her that her husband of two months, Geoffrey, was dead, and his body was found in a seedy hotel in Berlin, she was shocked and astounded, but most of all she was confused. Geoffrey had been in London, what was he doing in Berlin…and why was the US State Department calling with the news? Nick O’Hara, the State Department’s representative, wanted to see her the follow ...more
This was an interesting book but I did have issue with the premise. This woman, Sarah, gets a phone call from the State Department saying that her newlywed husband (2 months) was dead in Berlin. She gets a phone call saying -- "I need you come to me". So she ups and buys a transatlantic ticket to go to where her husband should have been ... London. So she doesn't know ... is he dead or is he alive? Then Nick, from the State Department, comes swooping in to either save the day or slam her butt in ...more
In Call After Midnight, Tess Gerritsen let the readers find out (or should I say 'confuses' the readers) whether Geoffrey Fontaine is actually dead or alive. The story starts with a phone call where Sarah Fontaine, the main protagonist, was called by Nicholas O'Hara, a policeman from the US State Department, to say that Geoffrey Fontaine, her husband, has died in a hotel fire in Berlin. Events then lead on from there and even though Sarah still believes that her husband is still alive, everyone ...more
Ja - it was alright. Vaguely thrilling and exciting at times.
what was unusual for me inmy expereince of Gerritsen was that there was a love story thrown into the mix. I am not sure how well scary murderers chasing innocents gels with people falling in lust and fantasising about moonlit sex
not when its the same people

the basic story is about a woman whose husband dies and then she finds out he is not all he said he was. and maybe he is actually not dead. and maybe he never loved her. or maybe he
Bev Taylor
a departure from her usual style but still enjoyable - all is not as it seems

i did find sarah's actions when under threat slightly unbelievable especially when she was on the roof - but then how do u know how u will react when under threat?

handy that the trained assasain chasing her dropped his weapon ......

Janet soriano
The love story in this book totally ruined it for me. It was rather cheesy and unbelievable. I liked most of the actual action parts but the running away and hiding from The Company seemed to rushed. And Sarah was just a terrible character. I hated how everyone felt the need to call her so plain and boring. She just didn't develop very naturally in my opinion.
Rachel Botkin
Listened to it on audio. Love Rizzoli and Isles series so I thought this would be as intriguing. Some good action and suspense but unrealistic relationship between Sarah and Nick and no fulfilling conclusion. I would have liked to know more about the backstory between Simon aKA Jeffrey and Eva
After starting off with Keeper of the Bride, I then decided to read Call After Midnight.

This one was unfortunately, a bit of a disappointment compared to the other and I did not enjoy it as much. It actually got a bit boring for me and seemed to get a bit almost hard going. It was a shame as I really enjoyed Keeper of the Bride and it sounded good and I was looking forward to it.

It won't stop me from trying more of her books though.
Anne Martin
It is the classical suspense novel, where a man disappears, faking his death. His wife knows there is something more and she will discover a lot of things she was better not knowing. An easy and pleasant read, though not believable, of course!
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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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