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3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,172 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
With her acclaimed novels Harvest and Life Support, Tess Gerritsen has injected a powerful dose of adrenaline into the medical thriller. Now, in a new blockbuster, Gerritsen melds page-turning suspense with chilling realism as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent outbreak -- before it destroys everything she loves.
Lapped by he gentle waters of Locu
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1998)
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Paul Bryant
This started off very good then turned into the usual thrillerish stuff, because it's a thriller. Don't thriller fans get bored of these boring familiar twists and turns? Oh look - he wasn't a this, he was a that. Who'da thought. And the missing hand was in the dog's mouth! And the laptop had had an affair with the coffee cup with the DNA on it! No, that can't be right. But the forensic experts were twins! And there was a misunderstanding on page 31 which has a repercussion on page 228. And the ...more
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Honestly, when I saw the blurb of this,I wasn't feeling it. Tess Gerritsen is known for her way of spooking you with medical words and when I read the summary, the first thing that came into my mind is :


I love urban legends but I was thinking that maybe T.G wouldn't do well with that genre so I was a little bit wary. But really, I shouldn't have doubted Tess Gerritsen because holy smoking mackerel, she did an amazing job
Nov 25, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Widow Claire moves to Tranquility, Maine, with her teenage son, Noah. Noah was hanging out with a bad crowd in the city and getting into trouble with the law, so she hopes the change to small-town life will be beneficial to him. She has also set up a practice as the new town doctor. Claire and Noah are still adjusting to their new life months later. Then when November and the cold weather rolls around, there is suddenly a rash of violent and deadly behavior among the teenagers in town. Claire be ...more
Dec 04, 2015 Gri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polisiye, yabanci
Öncelikle bu kitap bana çok özendiğim halde neden küçük bir yerde yaşamak istemediğimi tekrar hatırlattı. Başkahraman Dr. Claire ergen oğlunun kendisine yaşattığı sorunlardan bunalıp Tranquility'e taşınıyor romanda. Sanıyor ki sakin bir yerde huzuru bulabilecek. Ama nerde ?! Kasabalılar, "Diğerleri dayanamayıp gitti. Nasıl olsa bu da gider." diyerek kadıncağızı bir türlü kabullenemiyorlar. Herkes birbirini tanıyor, koca bir aile gibi hareket ediyorlar. Dedikodular ışık hızıyla yayılıyor. Biri is ...more
Alisha Marie
I am a huge, self-confessed Tess Gerritsen fan. I love and adore her Rizzoli & Isles books (and the TV series which is totally different from the books, but the character interactions are great. The mysteries...not so much). So, I assumed that I would like Bloodstream. I assumed that I would LOVE Bloodstream after I finished the prologue. It (the prologue, I mean) was nail-bitingly creepy. I was seriously holding my breath while frantically clicking on the Kindle. I thought that the prologue ...more
Thom Swennes
Dec 12, 2015 Thom Swennes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rash of violent and deadly incidents, perpetrated by teenagers rock a Northern Maine township causing a deep seeded fear, pitting people against people and families against families. This township, with the unlikely name of Tranquillity, lives off of the summer tourist trade generated by Locust Lake. When a local connection is made with other similar incidents of the past, a search for answers is made by the police chief, Lincoln Kelly and a local G. P. Dr. Claire Elliot. Claire is new to the ...more
It was good, decent author. I have to admit, I thought it'd be better. The thriller genre doesn't thrill me as much as it once did.
Oct 25, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloodstream is Tess Gerritsen's 11th stand-alone novel. The action is set in the small town of Tranquility, Maine, where Dr Claire Elliott has relocated with her son, Noah, to remove him from less-than-desirable influences in Baltimore. After the discovery of some human bones at nearby Locust Lake, followed by a shooting at the high school Noah attends, Claire begins to suspect something is affecting the behaviour of the local youth population. Are they being affected by drugs, or is it some nat ...more
May 05, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In spring came the rains.

In summer came the heat.

In winter came the horror...

What happens when you mix medical knowledge, horror and a small town? Well, for starters, you get Bloodstream: A thrilling novel about the unexplained, the fear of exclusion and the bond between a mother and son.

Sound like something you'd like? It should, because while not perfect, author Tess Gerritsen writes in a way that commands you to turn the pages. Bloodstream can sometimes creak under the weight of its own story
Kaycee Sapinoso
Bloodstream is my first book by Tess Gerritsen that I've read. And I'm glad that I did.

After her husband's death, Dr. Claire Elliot together with her teenage son Noah moved to Tranquility, a small town in Maine. She hoped that this move will be a good opportunity for Noah to forget the past and for her to start running the medical practice. But all her hope dies when winter came, and teenagers starts acting in rage and violence. Fearful that her son is now at risk, Claire desperately seeks the c
BJ Rose
Tess Gerritsen is definitely the Queen of the Medical Thriller, at least in my eyes. Her background in medicine helps create very believable and readable medical situations, which are the basis for the thriller aspect of the stories. In this case, teenagers in an otherwise sleepy Maine town are becoming unexplainably violent and turning on friends and family members. When a historically similar situation is uncovered, the town is divided between those who want to hide the information because it ...more
Serena Cloos
Jun 07, 2015 Serena Cloos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ik blijf het ongelofelijk vinden dat mensen zo'n geweldig plot kunnen verzinnen. Hihi, ergens moet Tess zelf ook een kronkeltje hebben.
Maar wat een waanzinnig goed boek. Alweer kon ik tot op het laatste niet verzinnen wie nu de uiteindelijke dader was en ik ben dan ook diverse malen op het verkeerde been gezet.
Absolute aanrader!!!
Oct 10, 2015 Jessa rated it really liked it
Read this all in one sitting on an international flight. I didn't love it as much as Gravity, but you can definitely see Gerritsen easing into some of the ideas she'll really bite into in Gravity. And boy, does she know how to tell a story! Hooked from the very beginning.
Maggie James
An enjoyable read, although I felt the ending left some loose ends. I also found the plot implausible in places, but because overall I was enjoying what I was reading, that wasn't really an issue.
Nov 01, 2010 Teneille rated it liked it
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Claire Eliot is the main character, she is a young widow with a teenage son named Noah.
Claire and Noah Move to a small town after the death of their husband/father. Claire has bought the practice of the old town doctor who has passed away and acquired all the problems one might expect in such a situation plus a few nobody could ever expect. Odd, violent things begin to happen in the town of Tranquility.

The ending came too soon. I felt that Tess just wanted to finish the book. I wanted to know mo
Nathan Burgoine
Oct 09, 2014 Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This was very good! First off, Jan Maxwell reads the plot wonderfully, with the right emphasis and just enough emotionality to lend it credulity. But more importantly, the plot is just thrilling - from beginning to end, the pace rarely slackens, and certainly speeds up on side-B-tape-2.

Without ruining anything, violence is erupting among the youth of Tranquility, Maine. It starts with scuffles, and vandalism, but is soon a rising tide of murderous rage. And when recently arrived Doctor Claire El
Jun 26, 2014 Hamza rated it really liked it
Tess Gerritsen’ın okuduğum ikinci kitabıydı. Yazar tıbbi gerilim kitaplarında oldukça başarılı . Okurken “ yok artık “ dediğim yerler oldu. Kitaplığımda uzun süredir okunmayı bekliyordu. Yazarın daha 3-5 kitabı var elimde okunmayı bekleyen. Dili akıcı ve çevirisi de oldukça güzeldi.

Kitabı okurken “ bak şimdi böyle olacak, kesin bu yapmıştır bir şeyler” dediğim yerler oldu ama yazar sağ gösterip sol taraftan vurmasını iyi biliyor anlaşılan. Hiç de beklediğim gibi çıkmadı yani. Kitabı okurken en s
David Roberts
Apr 09, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the medical thriller Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen which is a very good novel which I bought at a car boot sale. The plot is a young doctor and single mother with a son moves to a small sleepy town from the big city in the hope it will lead to a more peaceful life away from things like crime and drug addiction. The previous 2 doctors left prematurely mainly due to the cold winters and the local are a bit reluctant to accept them. There are strange blue mushrooms growing due to glo ...more
Nobody Loser
Feb 12, 2014 Nobody Loser rated it really liked it
As a matter of extension, rather than simply reading scifi, fantasy and horror, I decided to pick up Tess Gerritsen's Bloodstream. I am NOT a thriller reader, but sometimes a fair amount of eclectic reading, or at least a small amount, really solidifies a unique platform to other genres I can appreciate. That's always a reason I'm glad to pick up books that aren't within my general groups of selection. The awesome thing about that is sometimes I end up reading something I was quite happy with.

Another medical mystery - the Naseby Athaeneum is full of them!! A bit strange and unsavoury. One of her early ones when she put in more medical terms!,
Aug 23, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I wish I could give this book 10 stars! Had me gripped from cover to cover. Violent subject matter involving children of any age is often hard to read but Gerritsen handles it with expertise. I was immediately drawn into to the history of Tranquility and wanted to know more about the happenings there! I sympathised with Noah as someone who endured a big and unwanted move at the age of 12, and recognised in him some of the emotion and anger I felt myself at being pulled away from the life an ...more
David Graham
Writing a decent medical thriller is tricky. There has to be a bad guy somewhere. They're usually psychopathic and it'll be about making money from pathetic patients who are easily duped. The plot can't be too straightforward. Twists and turns need to be unexpected and ingenious. Characterisation helps the reader root for the hero or heroine. A bit of romance goes a long way, too. Medical info and an MD after the author's name adds credence but too much gets boring. So, what about 'Bloodstream'? ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
One of Gerritsen's earlier works...

When I first started reading I was disappointed that her normal characters were not present (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles) they are incredible, interesting and strong female characters.

I got over it by page 30...although I didn't feel like I knew the people in this book like I have others, the story was engaging and kept me up past my bed time two nights in a row for "just one more chapter"

Good Stuff!
Hayley Edwards
Feb 10, 2015 Hayley Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I hate spoilers so I never give away anything myself. I enjoyed figuring out what was coming and guessing how people are connected to the plot,I did guess that one person was connected but apparently not in the way I thought. If you wanna know what I mean why not read it and find out.
Jun 04, 2012 David rated it really liked it

The more Tess Gerritsen novels I read, the more I enjoy her books. This Is one of Tess Gerritsen's standalone medical thrillers. Whilst not quite as enjoyable as the Rizzoli/Isles series and maybe this was a little long-winded in parts, but an enjoyable and suspenseful novel nonetheless that held my attention throughout and surprised me with its ending. You can do far worse than snuggle up with one of these on a cold winter's night!
Carl Alves
Aug 30, 2014 Carl Alves rated it it was ok
Bloodstream has an interesting enough premise. Dr. Claire Elliot is a small town doctor who relocates to rural Maine with her son, Noah to shield him from big city violence. All is well in the town of Tranquility until one of Claire’s patients, a teen boy snaps in a very violent act. This is the first of many violent acts that the young people of Tranquility start to perpetrate. Claire investigates the situation and discovers that this sort of thing happens in Tranquility about twice a century, ...more
Shawnee Bowlin
Jan 26, 2016 Shawnee Bowlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodstream was a little hard to follow at times simply because Tess Gerritsen did such a great job describing the medical aspects of the story. If I were more educated in that area, I might have been less bored by the details; but this is not a fault of the author.
I enjoyed the story because it was plausible that something to that effect could happen in reality. Maybe it has and was kept under wraps!
Tess kept me reading.
I loved some characters and hated others, so perfect job on the personaliti
Gerritsen melds page-turning suspense with chilling realism as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent outbreak -- before it destroys everything she loves.Lapped by the gentle waters of Locust Lake, the resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father's death. But with the first snap of winter comes shocking news that puts her p ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 31, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been sitting on my shelf for so long I can't remember where or when (or why) I picked it up - I guess knowing the name I'd thought I would give her a try at some point, but it took a while to get round to it.

In the end I enjoyed it. It felt like Kathy Reichs with the savvy female lead, it felt like Robin Cook with the medical element, and it also felt a little bit like a Dean Koontz novel ('Night Chills') I read a few years ago. A female doctor moving into town with her teenage son and
Apr 26, 2015 CatchTheseWords rated it it was ok
This is more of a 2.5 than a 2. It really wasn't bad, just totally unbelievable. Which is unfortunate because I'm pretty sure that's not how it's supposed to come across.

I really loved the prologue and even the first quarter to a third of the novel was interesting. I really did want to know what was happening and why.

But after a while it just got kind of boring. I mean, so, so many possibilities and everyone was acting like complete idiots.

And is it possible to find a book that doesn't include r
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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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