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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  12,201 ratings  ·  973 reviews
An experiment on micro-organisms conducted in space goes wrong. The cells begin to infect the crew with deadly results. Emma Watson struggles to contain the deadly microbe while her husband and NASA try to retrieve her from space, before it's too late. ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 31st 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1999)
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
This is my first Tess Gerritsen book. I know right? I'm a crime and thriller fan, AND a nurse... I should have read all the Rizzole and Isles by now!?? Well I never intended to, but having read this one I am inclined to give all of her books a go!

To quickly summarise it, some bizarre virus is killing off the crew of the international space station. Where did it come from?? How are they going to stop it? Doctor on board Emma must try to keep everyone alive whilst her husband back on earth goes on
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was SO good. I can't think why I have never read it before. And why oh why did I not go and see the movie. I suppose it was because I thought it was some kind of science fiction thing whereas it is actually a serious thriller. I found it hard to put down at any point in the story and when I was not actually reading it I was still thinking about it. The main characters are interesting and appealing and the reader is fully invested in wanting to save Emma's life. The progress of the viru ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, 2019-shelf, sci-fi
Before reading this, I had few expectations. Just knowing that the author writes popular police procedurals doesn't always mean that other genres are a cinch to write. So I had to back off and just let the tale tell itself.

I let myself flow into the story as it began heavily on the characterization and it slowly turned into a medical thriller just happening to take place in space. The Andromeda Strain? Hmmm. But then the modern storytelling style got me hooked. No one behaved unreasonably. Smart
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, own-read
As Doctor Emma Watson exited the simulator training module after yet another simulated mission, she knew she was ready. The whole team would be ready to head into space when scheduled in three months’ time. But the unexpected emergency involving one of the current astronauts at the space station meant he needed to be brought home – and Emma was chosen as his replacement. Emma was a research physician, excellent at her job; her estranged and soon to be divorced husband Doctor Jack McCallum was al ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turns out, I have known this author's work for a while. Because my sister is a fan of the TV show Rizzoli & Isles which is based on a book series by this author. Nevertheless, this was my first book by her.

We follow Emma Watson and a few other astronauts as they are getting ready to go on a mission to the ISS. While on board, some experiment goes horribly wrong because suddenly people are infected with something and the race to find out what it is begins.
Naturally, back down on Earth, people are

Tess Gerritsen moves the setting for her medical thriller to space and boy is it scary! Emma Watson is a doctor and astronaut who is thrilled to finally be able to go into space and work in the space station. However, when a strange illness begins to affect the crew, she finds herself struggling to work out what is wrong with them. Back on Earth her husband Jack can only watch while her colleagues at NASA try to work out how to save the crew.

An excellent page turner of a sci fi thriller!
“For the past thirty years, Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain has served as the benchmark … not anymore. Tess Gerritsen sets the new standard with Gravity … one of those rare books that scares you for all the right reasons.“
-The Providence Sunday Journal

I’m a fan of Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain. So in my ears that’s pretty high praise. And the book didn’t disappoint.

Dr. Emma Watson is sent to the International Space Station after the wife of the physician aboard ISS had a terrible car
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About 15 years ago I read the first Rizzoli & Isles thriller, The Surgeon, and liked it. And although I 5-starred it, I never again picked up anything by Gerritsen. Well, space and an infection sounded too tempting to pass up. And after finishing this book, I think I should have picked up something by Gerritsen sooner.

On the book it mentions ER meets Apollo 13. Throw in Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton and we have a deal. And maybe bits of Life and Contagion.

Gordon Obie, known as the Sphinx.
Paula Brandon
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a great thriller! Tess Gerritsen has always been one of my favourite authors, but I stayed away from this one because of the whole lawsuit over the movie thing. All of a sudden, Gerritsen seemed to be accusing any movie set at the International Space Station of ripping off her book, and wasn't afraid to say so on social media. Then she was complaining about readers not understanding the ending to "Playing With Fire"....and well, I was a little put off, both by Gerritsen as an author an ...more
Nancy Ellis
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this so much I didn't want to put it down and only did when I fell asleep! Fortunately I made it to the last section, so I could sleep well knowing they were going to get things worked out! I love all of her books, and this is no exception. It's better than a Michael Crichton book in my opinion. If you're easily "grossed out", though, you might think twice before starting it, but it's worth whatever it takes to read! ...more
Wendy Darling
Probably my actual favorite of all the Tess Gerritsen books, in the vein of techno-thrillers written by Michael Crichton. Suspenseful and fast-paced, it has very cool scenes set in space that are cinematic and action-packed. The relationship angle was a little clumsy (and unnecessary) here, but overall it's an enjoyable read. ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To give you an idea of how good this book was, I’m seriously considering changing almost all of my 5 star book reviews to 4 stars because they don’t meet the standards this novel has given me.

I swear to God when I signed up to read a book for English, I didn’t want to go on this emotional roller coaster the book brought me on.

The characters are lovable, but they all have their own flaws. For example, Jack is reckless and headstrong, but he is the most loyal person not only to Emma, who he risk
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
had the same storyline as every single alien move out there...bunch of people go to space n come back with an alien parasite...but it was well written...well enough for 4 stars
Loraine Alcorn
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Tess Gerritsens book Gravity is one of those books that could make millions at the movies if someone would just make it . This book has everything Science ,Space,medicine and horrible death.
When Dr Emma Watson starts her duty on the international space station she find a horror thats beyond imagination . Some how a single celled organism has found it way on board and has regenerated out of control .
People on the station are dieing in horrible ways and Emma could be next if she cant find a soluti
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok where to start - I really did enjoy this book and even though it took its time getting up to speed (and I will admit there were times when I was wondering where certain scenes in the story were going to have any relevance) but I must admit once it was up to speed it was a real page turner. I will say that I feel that after reading this I should read more of her work but at the same time I feel that considering the authors popularity and the number of books written that I may need to do a lot ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Refreshingly, nobody was stupid - that is my biggest pet peeve about thrillers, especially thrillers with women characters for some reason, and it was so nice to have a group of intelligent people of both sexes working together against overwhelming odds. The premise was scary, and it was a suspenseful read!
Wayland Smith
First off, no, this has nothing to do with the movie of the same name. Both have female astronauts as a main character, but that's about it. Second, one of the main characters is named Emma Watson, but has nothing to do with the famous actress. With that cleared up...

A series of accidents and secrets take a research mission at the International Space Station, and turn it into a nightmare. A strange new disease suddenly breaks out, endangering the entire crew. But it soon becomes apparent that th
John Jr.
Medical training in the United States is sometimes put to surprising uses. Tess Gerritsen, like Michael Crichton, earned a medical degree but ended up writing popular fiction with a technical and/or medical angle. One wonders whether the satisfaction (momentary diversion, whatever you want to call it) that both authors have undoubtedly provided to their readers--Gerritsen, while not achieving the household-name status of Crichton, has sold millions of books and reached the NYTBR best-seller list ...more
Jack Jordan
Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended. This is one of my all-time favourite books.
Ian Laird
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sf-fantasy
Not much like the film, but entertaining in its own right.

Any book which makes you think differently about what you might be doing or how you might see what’s happening around you is worthwhile in my view.

Tess Gerritsen develops the implications of what might happen if scientists start tampering with unknown lifeforms by way of sophisticated genetic engineering.

This happens when some deep sea scientists find some small critters and after fooling with them put them into space just to see what h
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Tess Gerritsen and what a way to be introduced to an author! Fab premise and I looked for as much reading time as I could find for this one.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great as suspected, Tess Gerritsen is a very talented author, don't think I've disliked one. But I'm not sure. Great in suspense and interesting storyline ...more
Okay. I know I said that I wasn't going to be writing reviews because I just didn't have time. But whoa! I HAD to write something about this mind-bender of a book. I have to say that EVERYTHING about this book was a feast for the brain! When Stephen King said that she was better than Crichton he wasn't kidding. First off, Gerritsen is more readable than Crichton. I find he had a very clinical way of writing that made you disconnect with characters in the book. With this book you are instantly th ...more
Rachel Brady
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A friend of mine, both an avid reader and fellow NASA contractor, put this one in my hands. Gravity was published in 1999 so I was late to this party, but it was an amazing read--and I feel safe now in adding that it's timeless. I appreciated Gerritsen's care with technical facts at NASA, as well as her accurate depiction of Johnson Space Center and the Houston area in general. Just a real fun read all-around, close to home for me, and nicely done!

Gerritsen did a remarkable job blurring the
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Hah. She's suing the movie now.


Liked the kindle sample. Will probably get it soon.


Pretty good. Lots of researched space scenes. The author was a former doctor, and there's also plenty of grisly operations, autopsies, and other grisliness. Stephen King blurbed it. I wouldn't read this right before bed. There's also an undeniable science fiction element later in the book. Not too long. You could say there's a romance element as well. Maybe Vaginal Fantasy could read it in their book
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book that is a little scary. I love anything to do with space and this does not disappoint.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

'Gravity' is an action and science packed thriller with all the things you could want in a book- an awesome female main character who is both an astronaut and a doctor, intense scenes in space and in the NASA headquarters, and a creepy experiment gone wrong that is killing the crew members on the ISS one by one in a dark and disturbing way. This book was right up my alley. I thought everything about 'Gravity' was perfectly written and I am on the look out for my next Tess Gerristen novel.

Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read a number of Gerritsen novels over the years; predominantly the Rizzoli + Isles series. Gravity was quite a jump from those, what with it being in space and all. At first I wasn't so sure how I'd connect with it as it's not my usual kind of setting for a read. HOWEVER, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The claustrophobia element of it had me feeling genuinely tense throughout, not to mention the detailed + downright disgusting (love it!!) descriptions of the symptoms, disease progression etc. Th ...more
Sean Randall
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, yes. This was fab. I can really imagine this as a properly gripping Netflix Original with a great score and huge potential.

In outline, the story isn't anything unique, but the way it all fits together, the rightness and coordination of each character and plot point and the sheer audacity of the novel's climax makes it a superb, un-putdownable thrill ride all the way through. Proper 5 star space fiction and no mistake
Kathleen Hagen
Gravity, by tess Gerritsen, b-plus, Narrated by Campbell Scott, Produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from

This is a stand-alone, a thriller. Dr. Emma Watson is a research scientist who has trained for much of a lifetime for what is now her dream, to be the chief physician assigned to a space voyage, to supervise the various research projects and to supervise the health of the other people on board. Her husband, Jack McCallum, an engineer, trained for space too but was forc
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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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