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Life Support

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,290 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
Former romance author and medical doctor Tess Gerritsen is writing in a new genre: medical suspense. Advertised as her "first novel," Harvest jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list and thus legions of new fans were introduced to the work of this talented author. Gerritsen's second thriller, Life Support, is as moving as any of her romances. Dr. Toby Harper works th ...more
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published July 2010 by Atria Books (first published 1997)
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Aug 18, 2015 Shandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thoughts: In typical Gerritsen fashion, she kept me on my toes until the very last page. Review to come.


Actual rating: 4 Solid-Good-Mystery stars. No spoilers.

Gerritsen always manages to keep me on my toes.

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I've read quite a few books by her, and she never lets me down. When I'm in the mood for a mystery, she's one person I turn to. Her previous career as a doctor does amazing things for her medically based stories!! Being a Registered Nurse, I love reading medical thrillers!!
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
Excuse the horrible pun, but it's bloody brilliant.

Review to come.
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Dec 02, 2012 εlﻨբ ツ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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...
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
Nov 20, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 22, 2011 Michelle♥ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aslı Dağlı

Bu aralar kendimi notu kit ogretmenler gibi hissediyorum. Ama harika bir Tess Gerritsen romani gibi baslayan kitabin donustugu seyden cok hoslanmadim. Tek bir kisinin ruh durumu betimlemesi icin dokuz sayfa ayirirken tum olay orgusunu uc sayfada cozmeye calismak da nedir? Ayrica kitabin editoryali korkunc. Kelimelerin harflerinin arasina sayilar girmis, vs. Tip terimlerinin Turkcelestirilmesiyle ilgili de sorunlarim var. Durumu tam olarak degerlendirmek icin sanirim biraz daha dusunmem gerek
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. =)
Kitap hakkında ne düşüneceğimi tam olarak bilemiyorum şuan.Karakterleri hiç sevmedim,olay akışı çok yavaştı,gerilim yoktu,bazı yerler fazla uzatılmıştı.Ama..KURGU YİNE MUHTEŞEMDİ.Bu kadın Nasıl yazıyor böyle şeyler aklım almıyor gerçekten.Bu Nasıl bir hayal gücü? Nasıl bir bilgi? Tess tüm tıp bilgisini bu kitaba dökmüş.İyi bir kitaptı ama benim beklentilerim daha farklıydı kitaba başlarken.Rizzoli&Isles serisini okuduğunuzda Tess'den okuyacağınız herhangi bir kitabın kanlı,aşırı gerilimli ol ...more
Thom Swennes
Jul 12, 2011 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2011 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 06, 2016 Sonia189 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not totally perfect but I stayed up until 2.30am last night reading this1 I just had to finish. Wow, but this has a creepy factor that glued me to the page! It reminded me of Brain by Robin Cook.
I also admire the way the author humanizes her protagonists.
Gerritsen is truly one of the very best ever in the genre!
Aug 08, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  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.
D.C. Menard
Jun 15, 2011 D.C. Menard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2009 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2012 Everybookhasasoul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Satıgül Yüksek
Mar 27, 2015 Satıgül Yüksek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
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
Jan 28, 2012 Den rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 06, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2012 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Sova
May 12, 2015 Michael Sova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Roberts
Jul 14, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2014 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beate Werum
Jul 22, 2016 Beate Werum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch hätte mir noch besser gefallen, wenn ich nicht von den vielen medizinischen Begriffen erschlagen worden wäre.
Hailey Gagnon
Aug 30, 2012 Hailey Gagnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 07, 2016 Chetta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This rates a 3.5. It is one of Tess Gerritsen's earlier books and it shows. It was a good read and progressed with interesting plot twists. The story kept me engaged and I would go back for more of the earlier books since I enjoy her writing style.

I didn't think the characters were developed strongly enough. The protagonist seemed a little wishy-washy although considering the circumstances it can be overlooked. I wanted her to be either weaker or much stronger but got a middle-ground instead. I
Jul 03, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the moment we're born, death is our final destination, thought Toby.

Only the date and time of our arrival is unknown...

Thanks, Tess, now I'll be terrified of hospitals for the remainder of my life... (I joke, well, a little.)

Life Support, especially its first chapter, is enough to shock you to your core. Medical conspiracies, risky experimental procedures, diseases that turn your brain into a veritable sponge, Tess dishes out it all in this often horrifying thriller. Honestly, you'll need t
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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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