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Girl Missing

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,349 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews
The first body is a mystery. She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Kat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a notebook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside.

The next body is a warning. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the city streets: a s
Paperback, 271 pages
Published May 21st 2009 (first published 1994)
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Well, I can say I was disappointed. Very disappointed.

First let me say, the author has a note at the beginning that states that she wrote this book long ago (1994) and she updated it in 2008 for the times (republished in 2009). I'm not sure what times she updated it for because cell phones didn't exist and neither did caller id in her story. Both of which did in fact existed in 1994 & 2008 for that matter.

But outside of that, this book had many plot holes and a touch of insta love. The late
In her introduction to this updated edition of the 1994 novel, Tess Gerritsen describes it as the bridge between those books she wrote that were more overtly romances and the more recent novels which are more aptly placed in the mystery/crime/thriller family. The link between this novel and her more famous books is the career of the protagonist of Girl Missing, that of Medical Examiner.

People are dying of an unknown drug, a powerful, apparently new, narcotic. Among the questions which confront K
Sherri Lewis
Feb 27, 2014 Sherri Lewis rated it it was amazing
This book, previously published as Peggy Sue Got Murdered is the bridge book, where Tess Gerritsen went from writing romance to writing thrillers. There is still plenty of romance in this book, but if edge-of-your-seat thrill rides are your thing, then this book does not disappoint. The characters are so personable you actually feel as if you know them, The storyline is fresh, and it leaves you guessing until the very end.
Jun 22, 2016 Miz rated it really liked it
I had forgotten how easy this author was to read. And it was just what I felt like, so I found two others of hers and will read them soon!
Mallory Heart Reviews
REVIEW: GIRL MISSING by Tess Gerritsen

Originally published in 1994 and revised for this new edition, GIRL MISSING marks the transition between author Tess Gerritsen' s earlier romantic suspense novels, and crime thrillers. In this mystery, an acutely intuitive city Medical Examiner clues into a series of untimely deaths, that others refuse to view either as connected, or as homicides. But as ME Kat Novak proceeds, she is soon validated, by finding her own life newly endangered.
E. Chainey (Bookowski)

İlk başta söyleyeceğimşey şu: Edisyonu daha iyi olabilirdi.

Onun dışında yine katili tahmin edemedim. Güzel bir kurgu, fena olmayan karakterler, iyi diyaloglar. Kısacası sevdim kitabı, tavsiyemdir.

(Dikkat Spoiler: Ben Belediye Başkanı azmettirdi sanıyordum ama çok başkaymış )

Jan 17, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it
Girl Missing is the new revised version of Tess Gerritsen’s novel, Peggy Sue Got Murdered. I listed to the audio version of this book. In a brief interview with Tess herself, she describes this book as her bridge novel from romantic suspense to thriller.

Medical examiner Kate Novak works down in the morgue of a Boston hospital. Kate’s world is about to get turned upside down when the drugged out body of Jane Doe is rolled into her morgue. The only thing that the Jane Doe has to help Kate maybe i
The author lists her book as more a romantic read with basic thriller elements, apparently before she went into full thriller mode with later, more well known books that she is famous for. I admit I was a bit cautious as I'm not into romance haha but I found it to be a fairly solid thriller nonetheless!
Sep 01, 2010 terpkristin rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, audiobook
This book was terrible. It was advertised as a thriller. It might have been better advertised as "a pretty crappy thriller with pretty crappy romance parts, too." In Gerritsen's defense, she has noted that this was her first book when moving from the romance to thriller genre, but that isn't enough of a reason for this to be so bad. The writing is choppy and feels unnatural. The characters are flat and uninteresting. The situations they get in and many of the things that happen are downright unb ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl Missing is the first Tess Gerritsen book I have ever read, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. To be completely honest, it was much better than I expected. In the introduction to the book, Tess Gerritsen refers to this book as a bridge book between romance and crime. Having not read any of her other books I cannot compare this but I am willing to say that I am happily going back for more, to see what else she has to offer.

The story is highly addictive, so much so that I sat and read the
Apr 01, 2013 İrem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Yine Tess, yine harika. Bu kadına bayılıyorum. Ne güzel her defasında farklı bir kurgu ile geliyor karşıma. Bi de neyi seviyorum biliyor musunuz? Romanlarında o kadar gerçekçi ki. Yani nasıl desem eğitimini almış birisi olduğundan olabilecek durumları inceliyor. Bence bu çok çook çook büyük bir artı.

Hmm bu sefer ki kitabının konusu neydi bi bakalım ;

Genç ve güzel bir kızın cesedi bulunuyor. Tam cesedi incelerken Adli Tıp Uzmanı Kat bir şey fark eder. Av
Jun 02, 2010 Terrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-mystery
While this plot kept me rivited there were a few things that were irritating. Kat Novak, the ME, is out on the streets tracking down info that lead to the murders of several lowlife citizens. In the process, her house gets blown up. Where are the police in all of this? Eating donuts. Lots of them. As a matter of fact, every time Det. Ratchet is mentioned he is eating, thinking about food or talking about food, with a description of how fat and disgusting he is tacked on just in case you missed w ...more
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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: An ME goes on the hunt for a killer and things get personal

Review: Tess Gerritsen described this book as being a bridge between her writing worlds of romantic-suspense and thriller and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this offering because of the mix. The whodunnit element was gripping and you couldn't help but root for Kat Novak.
Holly Boyd
Nov 04, 2011 Holly Boyd rated it really liked it
This is one of Tess Gerritsen's first medical mystery/thriller book. She considered it her transition from romance to medical mystery/thriller books. It was entertaining and since the narrator was my very favorite narrator Susan Ericksen I really enjoyed it. At the end of the audiobook was an interview with the author she discussed being the daughter of Chinese immigrants, going to medical school because her parents didn't think writing was a way to make a living and watching horror movies as a ...more
May 20, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
While this book is nothing like the Rizzoli and Isles series, it was nontheless interesting. We meet an overworked, and some would say overzealous Medical Examiner. When a few bodies come in with no apparent cause of death, and routine tox screen reveals a new drug. The police don't believe her, the mayor's office doesn't believe her and the DA is her ex husand who doesn't believe her. When it's revealed that the unknown drug was manufactured in a lab in town, she teams up with the owner of the ...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
It was nice to read a Tess Gerritsen book that I haven't read yet. I've read all her stand-alone medical thrillers and all the books of the Rizzoli/Isles Series.

This was our February 2011 Group Read in the Tess Gerritsen Fans Group. If you're a Tess Gerritsen fan, we'd love to have you in the group :-)

I listened using the audiobook version. For some reason, the audio seems more readily available than the printed book. I enjoyed the story. I was a little hesitant about the romance aspect (this be
Jul 24, 2013 HÜLYA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arka arkaya bu ara Tess Gerritsen kitabı okudum..Sanırım polisiye roman okumayı çok özlemişim bu romanı da çok beğendim.Ama diğer romanlarından daha durağan olsa da daha derin bir konusu vardı..Bilinmeyen bir uyuşturucu türünden ölen insanların konusunu işliyordu..
Yine çok güzel bir film olacak konusu vardı aksiyon sahneleri müthiş idi..Bu konuya bir de güzel bir aşk işlenmişti..Kısaca kurguyu beğendim..Kitabın ortalarından sonra katili en zayıf ihtimal verdiklerimden biri çıkarak beni ters köşe
Apr 12, 2013 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romantic suspense/mysteries
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Shelves: vine-book, audio-book
Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Romantic Suspense
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of suspense/thrillers with romance
Trigger Warnings: murder; drug use, abuse, and overdose

My Thoughts: I had a huge problem with a big section of the story, in which Kat takes Adam all over the morgue, shuffles through the corpses, and through the paperwork. This is just not done, even with a Jane Doe. There are also a lot of ridiculous redundancies like “rose/stood to his/her feet” which was driving me
Jun 26, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Girl Missing aka Peggy Sue Git Murdered is the 8th stand-alone novel by Tess Gerritsen. Dr Kat Novak, recently divorced Assistant Medical Examiner, encounters a number of bodies which look like drug overdoses, but the drug is a mystery. One Jane Doe has the phone number of a rich, successful businessman on her person. The businessman, the very attractive Adam Quantrell, happens to be the owner of a large pharmaceutical company which happens to be developing a long-acting morphine analogue. Quant ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Hildigunnur rated it it was ok
Why did anyone feel the need to reprint and update this piece? The very predictable though unbelievable plot and childish romantic describtions equally unrealistic and really flat and unlovable characters are outshone only by the not so slightly arrogant introduction by the author laughing all the way to the bank - safe to say I won't be reading any more of hers :( the two stars are simply because I have been too generous in the quite annoyed wasting my time on this (want the hours mis ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to be honest. If it wasn’t for the fact I listened to this I don’t think I would have finished it. I have read, and for the most part enjoyed, Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series. I figured I would give some of her other books a try as I wait for the next Rizzoli and Isles book. This made me realize that I read the R&I series for the characters, and not necessarily the plot.

This book had such an interesting description I added it to my digital wish list at the library. When I was
Burçak Kılıç
Orta bi kitaptı Tess'in diğer kitaplarına göre :P Konu olarak güzeldi değişik türde bi uyuşturucu yüzünden ölen insanlar ve bu konuyu çözmeye çalışan adli tıpçımız Kat. Ve tabiki araya aşk katmaya çalışmış yazarımız ilaç firması olan Adam'a abayı yakıyor Kat'imiz ama baş şüpheli olarak da onu gördüğü için arada gelgitler var işte :)) Neyse kitabın orjinal ismi Girl Missing-Kayıp kız veya aranan kız :P Kitapta kayıp olan kız Adam'ın üvey kızı bir şekilde olayları onla bağdaştırıyorlar... Son 100 ...more
Chris Birdy
Apr 11, 2016 Chris Birdy rated it really liked it
This was not a bad book, but it wasn't great either. There was something not quite right about the mystery. Dr. Novak starts out trying to find out the origin of a drug and ends up in the middle of a covered- up murder. Why that particular experimental drug was used didn't make a lot a sense.
Feb 03, 2016 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat Novak is much more than a medical examiner for Boston. She is a bad ass. She is a cross between Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. This book was an okay read, I did enjoy it. Sometimes and I hate to say it, but it was a little corny. But don't that stop you or make up your mind, just read it and judge for yourself.
There is a new drug on the streets that is killing people. People in the projects in Lexington that is. It seems to have been stolen from a pharmaceutical company, but why and who did this? The police don't seem to be all that interested since it appears it is junkies that are showing up dead in the morgue. But this doesn't sit well with the ME and the owner of the drug company. As they dig further for details, there lives are on the line. All the while they search a hot steamy romance rises bet ...more
Sep 16, 2015 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leuk boek, leest snel weg. Duidelijk boek van start van carrierre Tess Gerritsen, spanning mag wel hoger
Jul 18, 2015 Gea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Een hele goede thriller weer van deze auteur. Zelfs dit “oudje” van Tess van 1994. Met volle teugen genoten.
Denise Westlake
Nov 10, 2014 Denise Westlake rated it really liked it
1994 era Tess Gerritsen .. very good mystery /love story.
Jan 11, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
In the edition I read, the author states that this was her first foray from the romance writing she had been doing to the thrillers she has become known for. So is this a romantic thriller? Perhaps; it is definitely not a thrilling romance. It's a fairly pedestrian story line, and I can do without the cliches of the 'his-hand-on-her-thigh' variety. But the writing is clear and direct, the characters were decent, and it did interest me enough to read more of her work. After all, millions have, ha ...more
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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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