Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bloodstream” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  7,823 ratings  ·  342 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 Locust
ebook, 512 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 1998)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bloodstream, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bloodstream

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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.
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

I had high expectations of this book because I loved some of the author's other thrillers (especially "The Surgeon" and "The Apprentice".

Alas, this was a let-down.

If I hadn't paid 3.99 for the book, I would have given up after two chapters. Various events happen, but they don't connect. There's no plot, no storyline, no one to root for, nothing to care about until fairly late into the novel. Eventually, some of the threads meet, but it takes ages before a story emerges.

The characters are uninter
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
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
The 3rd book in the Medical thrillers by Tess Gerritsen.
I love the Rizolli & Isles series so decided to read the rest of her work and I wasn't disappointed.
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
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.
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
This was a great book. When I first started reading this story, it reminded me of the movie The Crazies, which I'm a big fan of. Well, this was different, but the mystery was what was happening to the local teenagers to make them go nutso and attack and/or kill. I was glued to the story not only because it was well-written and interesting, but I was so curious to find out what was going on. I was not disappointed at all. Everything wraps up nicely by the breath-taking finish. I would highly reco ...more
Nathan Burgoine
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
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
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
Indie Drew
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!,
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
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
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.

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
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
Catch These Words
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
Polly Dyar
I have a hard time accepting that she wrote this book, its just not the same as the others. Its horrible, predictable and something I would think a teen would write.
Karen Sikora Toronyi
Very well written. Loved the characters. However, it was a bit more science fiction than it was medical. It was not what I expected.
εlﻨբ ツ
kitabın sadece sonunu sevmedim oldu bittiye getirilmiş gibi geldi bana. ama onun dışında olaylar gayet sürükleyiciydi. Tess işte;D
Mariola Turnbough
This was probably the best Gerritsen that I have read. It kept me wondering until the end. I am highly impressed!
Het rustig gelegen stadje, Tranquility lijkt de perfecte woonplaats voor dokter Claire Elliot, die na de dood van haar man rust zoekt in haar leven en dat van haar zoon Noah. Als Claire haar nieuwe praktijk opent, wil ze eerst het vertrouwen winnen van de bewoners. Maar haar plannen vallen in duigen als een jongen in Noahs klas een pistool trekt en een bloedbad aanricht. En dat is nog maar het begin van een golf beestachtige misdrijven. Terwijl de gewonden haar praktijk binnenstromen, probeert C ...more
Bloodstream was my first time reading Tess Gerritsen. I guess you would call it a medical thriller, but you could also put it in the horror or science fiction genres, I believe. This particular book almost reminded me of John Saul in a way, what with the kids and the small town and the ancient mystery. I've always loved Saul, but I definitely had some mixed opinions about this one.

First, THE GOOD:
1. It started off with a very creepy prologue, and there was one other scene in the book that was
Moving to Tranquility, Maine is supposed to be a fresh start for Claire Elliot and her son Noah, but when the local teenagers start acting violently she suspects something is amiss. Determined to find out what is happening in the town, she begins to dig deeper, and what she finds is definitely not what she expected...

Another fantastic medical thriller from Tess Gerritsen, which kept me gripped from beginning to end. This was written after her transition from romance to thriller, so was it was gr
Lapped by he gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small 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 practise on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Silent Treatment
  • Vector (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #4)
  • Blood Lies
  • The Eleventh Plague
  • A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, #3)
  • Donor (Dr Steven Dunbar, #1)
  • Entombed (Alexandra Cooper, #7)
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
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)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“ADD has turned into a catchall for all childhood misbehavior. When a student’s failing in class, or he gets into mischief,” 1 likes
“What happens when we get old? he wondered. Where does the kid part of us go?” 1 likes
More quotes…