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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  8,576 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Control was the word Dr Toby Harper lived by. She strove to keep her life in order, her ER in order.





But no one could have been prepared for the man she admits one quiet night to the Springer Hospital. Delirious and in critical condition, he barely responds to treatment. And then he disappears without trace.





The subsequent search leads Toby to a second patient with the same
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published April 24th 2006 by Bantam (first published 1997)
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Michelle♥
This was horrible for me.

I understand that this was a stand alone and was quite different from the Rizzoli & Isles series, but this was by far the worst I've read by her.

If I would have read this first and not the other series, I would have never picked any of her books up!

I hated the plot, the story itself, the characters were flat and dull, the ending was horrible, and just everything altogether for me was total yuck!

Prostitutes, non human babies/tumors thingies, ER night shift, everyone
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εlﻨբ ツ
Tess'in konu seçimine bayılıyorum... Yaşlılar(bitiş-ölüm) ve yeni doğmuş bebekler(doğum-başlangıç) arasında güzel bir bağ kurmuş. İlginç fikirlerini gerçekleştirmeye çalışan doktorlar ve çirkin deneylerini okurken ürpermemek elde değil...
Yas
I've read 3 books so far by Gerritsen. Her other stand-alone 'Harvest' and the first of her Rizzoli & Isles series 'The surgeon' and can honestly say this book is not on par with them at all in terms of enjoyability/ likeable characters/ plot.

I hasten to add, it is a good book and deserving of 3 stars but just that. A 'good' book only. Nothing as gripping or fabulous as the other 2 I have read which I rated much higher (both 5 stars).

The plot has rather a far fetch sci- fi ish element which
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Anne
Actually, I didn't read it. I started it, but I couldn't finish it. I'm going to have to write to the Goodreads people and ask them to make a new shelf for books like this one. I tried. I did. Usually, I like Tess Gerritsen books. But this one had too many things in it that I couldn't stand: graphic descriptions (too graphic) of things such as surgeries, a rape, and human genitalia; weird/unnatural science; I could go on. But I won't. The long and short of it is that I won't try this book again ...more
İlkim
Ne zaman Tess okusam, kurgunun gerçek olabilme ihtimali yüzünden içim ürperiyor. Kesinlikle çok ürkütücü bir romandı, diğer Tess romanlarında olduğu gibi. Tabi bir o kadar da sürükleyiciydi. Ne diyebilirim ki, klasik Tess işte. =)
Jane
Nov 20, 2010 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love medical thrillers
I always appreciate medical thrillers written by real MD's. The medical references and scenarios are accurate. Toby Harper is an overworked MD. Her personal life includes a solitary existence with the exception of her mother with Alzheimers living in her home. Toby's world begins to unravel when she treats an elderly man admitted with strange symptoms. The patient mysteriously disappears while under Toby's care and she feels her life beginning to spiral out of her control as she fights her guilt ...more
Scott
This book ended up as a decent read, although it was far from my favorite Gerritsen book. It started out very slow, and for a while I just couldn't figure out where it was going. The ending brought everything together even though the climax was a bit lackluster. All in all, I did like the book and I thought the characters were well flushed out. A good medical thriller with a plot that left me wondering if it could indeed actually happen. Not my favorite from Gerritsen, but certainly worth the re ...more
Ellen
Aug 08, 2008 Ellen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book dealt with medical research suspense -- specifically hormone/gene therapy. Tess is an interesting author, and I can only imagine how much research goes into each novel she writes.
Shandra
Initial thoughts: In typical Gerritsen fashion, she kept me on my toes until the very last page. Review to come.
D.C. Menard
Gerritsen tells a captivating and thrilling story about an ER doctor caught in the middle of an experiment gone wrong in her novel Life Support. Toby Harper's life revolves around her late night ER shifts and looking after her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. While her life may not be going exactly to plan, she is on a clear path...until a patient is brought naked into her ER, confused and having isolated tremors...a patient that was completely lucid only a few weeks before. Unab ...more
Büşra Bal
Tess benim olmazsa olmaz yazarlarımdan,hani ne yazsa okurum,konuya bile bakmam dediklerimden.Bu kitabı gene güzeldi,gene birkaç saatte bitti.Belki çabuk bittiğindendir bilmiyorum ama şuan pek etkili gelmedi bana.Zaten Tess'in seri kitaplarını daha çok seviyorum sanırım,ordaki karakterlere alıştığımdan belki,yeni karakterlerine pek ısınamıyorum.

Tess güzel bir konu seçmiş,güzel de işlemiş.Gene birkaç hikaye üzerinden gitmiş ki bu kadının en sevdiğim yönlerinden biri bu, Siyahi bir doktorun ırkçı i
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Donna
Jun 07, 2009 Donna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: medical thriller readers
Shelves: 2009
This was a fast paced medical thriller which I enjoyed.
When I first started reading it I wasn't sure because it seemed as if the author was just showing off their knowledge of medical procedures, but this doesn't carry on and the thriller aspect kicks in.
Basically there are very rich, elderly residents of a retirement home volunteering for experiments to prolong their lives, and at first this seems to be working, until they start dying of strange symptoms. It turns out that the doctors giving t
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Everybookhasasoul
Tess Gerritsen is one of my favourite authors within this genre. I seem to go through every emotion when I am reading one of her novels. I have had to stop books before as I was in the house myself and the house started to creak.

I love how she brings her medical knowledge to her books and I find this makes them unique and stand out in a genre where a lot of books are published. The medical references and scenes within the novel as brought to life through this medical knowledge and I think this a
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Satıgül Yüksek
Yazarın okuduğum en iyi kitaplarından biriydi,konusu gereği tıbbi terimler kullanılması biraz sıkabilir ama kitabın iyi oluşu bunu göz ardı etmenize neden olacaktır :)

Bir grup ,yaşlı ve zengin adamın,daha uzun yaşamak ve aynı zamanda genç kalmak için yapmayacağı şey yok sanırım, ama bunun için yapılan deneylerin bedelini, kendileri ve sokaklarda yaşayan kimsesiz genç kadınlar fazlasıyla ödüyor,kendilerine doktor diyen bir grup katilin,genç kızların rahmine bıraktığı o tuhaf varlıklar, bir süre s
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Den
This is a brilliant book that kept me up reading until late at night - so wish I hadn't got work the next day or I would have read through the night.
A patient comes into Dr Toby Harper's emergency room, then disappears as she is busy elsewhere. When another patient comes in displaying similar symptoms she begins to dig around and finds they comes from the same nursing complex. She is a busy woman as well as trying to work out the connection between these two old men she has to care for her mothe
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Aunty Janet
'Life Support' is a fast moving medical thriller that stars Dr Toby Harper, a (female) doctor working in a small community hospital. When one of Dr Harper's patients vanishes mysteriously from the hospital and another dies of an unusual viral disease, she sets out to try and find out exactly what is going on. However, someone doesn't want Toby to find out the truth, and will do anything in their power to stop her.
The book is gripping and a real page turner. It is also horribly gruesome! I found
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Thom Swennes
I just finished Life Support and Tess Gerritsen has impressed me again with her knowledge of yet another aspect of medicine; geriatrics. She is a master at making the elevated world of medicine and doctors understandable to the masses. Her ability to create new characters and bring them to life is equaled with few and bettered by none. If I could voice one criticism it would be that she leaves her characters with their lives unresolved (no happily-ever-after endings) and leave it to the reader’s ...more
Bob
A medical thriller with night shift ER Dr. Toby Harper facing caring for her mother with Altzheimers and growing discontent at work. There is another DR. who is trying to discredit her , a patient disappears from the ER while she is drawn to an more dire trauma and her growing suspicions that all is not right with a DR and his patients from a care facility for the super rich. Her investigations create more problems for her and threaten her job. I will leave the rest up to you to read about in th ...more
Leslie
The book starts out well, with good character development and several plot lines. And if you can get past the disturbing images the author creates, you are in for a nail-biting ending. But the mental image is quite disturbing - borderline sci-fi, but disgusting. Also, the medical terminology and jargon get a bit tiresome. Finally, the way the author deals with a family member's death is not authentic.

My biggest complaint with this author is that I don't like her protagonists. They generally star
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Michael Sova
Tess Gerritsen was writing highly charged bestselling thrillers long before detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles first appeared on the page. After nearly a decade as a romance novelist, which you can read more about in my Turn the Page review of Ice Cold, she turned her attention to medical thrillers. Gerritsen started out with a bang with the 1996 release of Harvest, a chilling tale about the illegal acquisition and sale of human organs. It landed her on the New York Times b ...more
Nadine Maigatter
Ich liebe die Bücher von T. Gerritsen, man ist immer gleich mit im geschehen.
Das Buch fängt spannend an, ein
Chiruge will eigentlich einer Frau nur den Blinddarm heraus nehmen und fängt mit seiner Arbeit an und ist dann der Meinung das in der Frau zu viele Organe sind und schnippelt munter weiter. Man versucht ihn aufzuhalten und er flieht ein Flur lang , auf ein Fenster zu und springt ..ein bis dahin sehr angesehender Arzt...
Dann lernt man auch Molly kennen , eine gerade mal 16 Jährige Prostitu
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David Roberts
The medical thriller novel I am reviewing is Life Support by Tess Gerritsen which is a very good book which I bought from a car boot sale. Unlike the Jane Rizzoli series that Tess is quite famous for this is an early standalone medical thriller that she wrote in 1997 and subsequently when she achieved success decided to have republished. She has had quite a lot of her books republished especially some romantic thrillers she wrote in her early days. What inspired this novel was she heard there wa ...more
Carol
I had the two cassette audio version of Life Support by Tess Gerritsen. I looked and looked and could not find where it said abridged on the box for it. It did not say but it must have been you cannot read 400 pages in two hours.

I was very disappointed. The story began confusingly and abruptly. I could not figure out what was going on. It is almost as if there was a discussion about whether the taping had started. After that, Dr. Toby Harper is the night shift doctor at a hospital and is on the
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Hailey Gagnon
Okay I'd just like to say that it really bothers me when people give this low ratings because they didn't understand all the "medical jargon." Obviously there are going to be medical terms in the book, it's a medical thriller. Anyway.
This book was amazing, with well-written characters and a breathtaking plot line that left me wondering to the very last pages. I had never read any of her books before, but now I plan to. Gerritsen is clearly a wonderful story-teller.
Anthony Burt
This was a good, solid page-turner of a book. It's - as usual with Tess Gerritsen - a medical crime thriller and does deliver some great action, especially the twists and turns of the last 50 pages.

I'm not sure, though, that the characterisation was as strong as it could have been. The main character Dr Toby Harper was a bit one-note, and so were the "baddies". Also, as this book was published in 2005, a lot of the medical technology sounded old which made the story dated.

Also, and this is a tec
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Nadine
Roter Engel von Tess Gerritsen Ich liebe die Bücher von T. Gerritsen, man ist immer gleich mit im geschehen.
Das Buch fängt spannend an, ein
Chiruge will eigentlich einer Frau nur den Blinddarm heraus nehmen und fängt mit seiner Arbeit an und ist dann der Meinung das in der Frau zu viele Organe sind und schnippelt munter weiter. Man versucht ihn aufzuhalten und er flieht ein Flur lang , auf ein Fenster zu und springt ..ein bis dahin sehr angesehender Arzt...
Dann lernt man auch Molly kennen , eine
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Vida
Whenever I begin to read one of T. Gerritsen books, I always expect the worst - that the book somehow will be like others, with similar characters and comparable story. However, this strange attitude never come true!
I really enjoyed reading this book, because of its original characters, intriguing story line, interesting and persuasive facts about medical technologies which could really change persons perspective in all various researches on humans, etc... Nevertheless, reading the "Life Supp
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Aahupinar
this is a very good medical crime novel. not a risoli&isles but a good one.
only sometimes you got bored with the medical terms and pass that parts quickly
final is also a little bit quick and cut.
Arlene
Mystery/Suspense w/a touch of romance. Great book, Dr. Toby Harper is trying to take care of her ailing mother while dealing with working the night shift of a ER. Many weird things happening with senior citizens f/a expensive senior center are dying unexpectedly or have gone missing and she is trying to figure out why. Especially since one was brought into the ER and later turned up missing. Ppl want her gone since she is getting involved where she is not wanted. Her life gets involved w/many pp ...more
Bev
I am so pleased to have found Tess Gerritsen. I'm really enjoying her writing and her stories...and there are a lot that I haven't read, so I'm set for the next year! This is a medical thriller, my favorite kind. Everything is going wrong for Dr. Toby Harper, with patients dying for unexplainable reasons, and her career being sabotaged by a couple of other doctors, while she's also trying to deal with her mother, who is suffering with Alzheimer's. She must find a deadly virus that is rapidly spr ...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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More about Tess Gerritsen...
The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1) Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles, #5) The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles #2) Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4) The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)

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