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Call After Midnight

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  3,142 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
Newlywed Sarah Fontaine must join forces with special agent Nick O'Hara to find her husband Geoffrey, who is presumed dead, and as they journey to Europe to discover the truth, they become the pawns in a deadly game of espionage.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I love the writing of Tess Gerritsen and have read virtually everything she has ever released so it was inevitable that I would get round to reading this book. I enjoyed it and it was fairly well written but if I am honest it's wasn't at the same high standard of most of her other books. Not sure if it's one of her early books written before she established herself but there was something not quite right.
Simon Dance, alias Geoffrey Fontaine, fakes his death in a hotel fire in Berlin. His wife o
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an OK read but not one of her best. There were a few twists and turns but they weren't really surprises and it seemed a bit Mills & Boon'ish in places, I found the main female character quite annoying after the first few chapters.
Kate Rogers
Aug 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get very far with this book as it is, quite frankly, the most sloppily written load of old tosh I have ever wasted my time on.

Informing a woman of her husband's death by telephone? Ordering her to attend an interview the following morning? Cobblestoned London streets? 'Serving girls' in London pubs? I suppose one should feel grateful she stopped short of using the word 'wench'! To say nothing of the first flowers of early spring jostling along with cottage gardens rioting with cornflow
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call After Midnight is the third stand-alone novel by popular author, Tess Gerritsen. The action starts with Simon Dance, alias Geoffrey Fontaine, faking his own death in a hotel-room fire in Berlin. When his wife of two months, Sarah, is notified of the death in a late-night call by State Department employee Nick O’Hara, she is convinced it is a mistake. By the time Nick O’Hara has shared with her the facts he has learned, Sarah realises she really did not know her husband at all. A haunting ph ...more
Burçak Kılıç
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir Rizzoli&Isles serisi gibi olmasa da ben kitabı beğendim.
Gayet akıcı ve gizemliydi.
Sarah gece yarısından sonra kocasının ölüm haberini alır ve kendini kötü adamlar, CIA ve daha türlü entrikanın içinde bulur. Nick'i sevdim. Kocasından nefret ettim ve acıdım Sarah'a..
Bence güzel bir kitap romantic-suspence sevenlere öneririm :)))
Review first published on my blog The Fictional Reader

I bought a copy of this in a secondhand shop in Dublin because a) it was super cheap and b) I love Tess Gerritsen’s mysteries. And it seemed to be about 300-330 pages at first. Until I realized that the last 60 or so pages are previews of two of her other books.

This book only has like 250 pages! For a mystery book, I feel like that’s difficult. In my opinion, a mystery needs time to develop and build the tension, and this book lacked in that
Dimitar Jovanovski
I must say that Tess Gerritsen is one of my favourite authors and “Rizzoli and Isles” is one of the best series I’ve read in crime fiction genre.

“Call after midnight” is one of her earlier romantic thrillers, actually the first book she has written. I would say it’s a fast paced and entertaining espionage thriller, with a touch of romance. It's not particularly gritty or realistic but it's quite good fun but still, far from the Rizzoli and Isles series. I am used on her complex stories, gruesome
Anna R
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a1read
That was my second Tess Gerritsen novel, but I must say, that the first one was so much better. Call After Midnight is one of her first novel and unfortunately we can see that in the book. The intrigue and plot are not so bad themselves, but characters and their love to each other is unbelievable. So after your husband die, you see another men twice - one at his office and later at the funeral and you already have feelings for him? I don't think so. Still, it's a very fast read, great when you a ...more
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
An ok read, nothing special. Not one of her best.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
For some reason I did not enjoy this book
Laura von Eden
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, ng
Tess Gerritsen gehört ebenfalls seit vielen Jahren zu meinen Lieblingsautorinnen, wenn gleich ihre Bücher nicht immer eine gleichbleibende Qualität bieten bzw. sehr voneinander abweichen können. ‚Der Anruf kam nach Mitternacht‘ ist eine Neuauflage des HarperCollins Verlags und ein einzeln stehender Band.

Wer etwas in Richtung ‚Rizzoli & Isles‘ erwartet könnte vermutlich etwas enttäuscht werden, denn ‚Der Anruf kam nach Mitternacht‘ ist gänzlich anders. Der Thriller geht fast schon in Richtung
Mariska Raeymakers
Not her best work. It felt a bit like an amateur had written it. A bit too messy and all over the place
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Gimana rasanya, jika suatu malam seorang staf kedutaan menelpon dan mengabari bahwa suami yang kita cintai, tewas dalam suatu kebakaran ? Rasanya dunia hancur ! Kehilangan seseorang yang kita cintai, apalagi rumah tangga baru dibina selama 2 bulan, tentunya ranjang pengantin masih hangat-hangatnya, suasana bulan madu masih terasa, tapi kini yang ada hanya kekosongan…

Gimana rasanya, jika suatu saat ditelpon oleh orang yang kita rindukan dan baru saja kita makamkan, dan meminta kita untuk datang k
Sandi Willis
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started listening to this book as a patron at the library said there was a lot of skipping on the first CD. As I listened to the CD I became more involved in the story so I checked it out to finish it, which I did in one night! I couldn't sleep until I found out what happened to Sarah Fontaine's husband. The story begins with a man being attacked in his hotel room. From there we find State Department employee Nick O'Hara calling to tell Sarah Fontaine that her husband of two months died in a B ...more
Holly McIntyre
Sep 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Having read some of Gerritsen's recent novels, I picked up this unabridged audiobook from the library for a road trip.

The suspense/thriller part of the plot was good, as I expected, but I was confused by what seemed to be anachronisms: referring to the "KGB" and "East Germany", using pay phones not cell phones. The pseudo-soft-core "romantic" scenes were just plain annoying. Looking the book up on Amazon I found that Call after Midnight was originally published as a Harlequin novel in 1987! -- m
Deepa Rao
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was not aware that Tess Gerritsen had also written 'romance' novels. I assumed this would be another of her wonderful suspense / thriller novels and read it with that expectation. Although the story is good and held a lot of promise had she developed it into a serious suspense, it did not live up to my expectations.
Tuba Inan
Tess Gerritsen kitaplarını gözüm kapalı okurum.Her zaman akıcıdır ve merakta bırakır sizi.Ama en iyilerinden değildi bu kitap.Ha okuttu mu kendisini,akıcımıydı buna sözüm yok.Ama yazdığı kitapların en iyilerinden değildi bence.
Em Chainey (Bookowski)
Martı bunu tekrar bassa yakınlarda.
Erica Stinson
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought that the book was pretty suspenseful and well written. I really enjoyed the story and it was a nice quick read for the weekend. As always, I really do enjoy my Tess Gerritsen novels
Sandra Bielawski
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Für einen Thriller ehrlich gesagt nichts besonderes, etwas altmodisch wie ich finde. Es zeigt einfach eine Taschenuhr, die uhrzeitmässig nicht mal zum Titel passt. Ein paar rote Blutspritzer sollen das ganze wohl etwas thrillerhaft anhauchen. Aber ich finde es nicht wirklich gut gelungen, macht nicht neugierig.

Meine Meinung
Ein neuer Tess Gerritsen dachte ich und der zweite Gedanke: muss ich lesen. Aber irgendwie kam es mir bekannt vor. Entweder das gab es schon mal in nahezu identischer Sto
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you follow my reviews you'll know that I love Tess Gerritsen. This book is an early one for her. I really liked it but it's not on the same par as the books that she has written since this 1987 book. This one seems like more of a romance mixed in with the mystery, murder, and intrigue of her usual books. It's still a ton better than many other mystery books, though.

Well-known for her Rizzoli & Isles mysteries, this one is a stand-alone pre-Rizzoli & Isles.

The story starts with a phon
The Logophile
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it

Call After Midnight is my first Tess Gerritsen book. Gerritsen was recommended to me by the same person who insisted I read the JD Robb collection, so I had to give it a go. 

Call After Midnight tells the story of Simon Dance (alias Geoffrey Fontaine), who fakes his death in a Berlin hotel room. His wife, Sarah, searches for the truth and is led on an espionage chase around Europe. Alongside her is the dependable Mick O'Hara of the US State Department, h
Denise Bt
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars. The murder mystery part was entertaining. The story begins with an attempted murder and a faked suicide. When the newlywed widow is informed of her husbands death she can't believe it. She winds up tying to get to the truth with the help of the State Department's Nick O'Hara, who also suspects that something is rotten in Denmark. The CIA, FBI and a very powerful bad man are all trying to use Sara to find her not so dead husband (who turns out to be something other th ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote-a-review
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Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
My least favourite type of book. Sarah Fontaine marries her husband after 2 months then he mysteriously dies in a fire.

Not believing his death is real, she sets off on an adventure for an unskilled, dependent woman to take down multiple intelligence agencies and hit men. She manages to evade them while falling in love with US State Departments Nick O'haha just two weeks after her beloved husbands death.

Maybe we've been spoiled by better spy stories in the Bourne series
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
The Call After Midnight is the reissue of Tess Gerritsen`s debut novel from the year 1987. Hardcore fans will still like this book; even if it deviates from the usual style of her subsequent novels. It is, however, interesting to see how Mrs. Gerritsen has developed further in the course of her authors' career, so I would not call this book bad. It is a good and readable (love) spy thriller.

ARC received via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read where I couldn't put it down - it had enough plot twists and turns that just kept you wanting to see what happened. Love the characters and the will they or won't they anticipation. I will continue to read Tess's books not just the Rizzole & Isles series which is how I came across this author in the first place. If you are after a quick read with a good shot of suspense, intrigue and a dose of romance have a crack at this book!
Murathan Kızılırmak
Simon dance'a suikast düzenleyen eski dostunun adamını öldürmesiyle hikaye başlıyor. Asıl ana karakter Simon dance ' ın karısı kendinden ayrı bir hayatı olan kocasını ögrendikten sonra kadın tüm hayatını sorgulamaya başlıyor ve öldü sandiğı kocasının peşinden şehir şehir geziyor.
Aksiyonu hissediyorsunuz hoşuma gitmişti. Tavsiye edilir .
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great novel by Tess Gerritsen. As a fan of detective stories and Rizzoli & Isles TV series I know that is not her best job, and heard of her other books are much better than that but as I had many options, I've decided to choose one of her first books to see her improvement in writing as well. As a result I liked that book and wondering to read more book by Tess.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this while on a 5 day hike and it is a nice light novel – well suited to hiking. However, it doesn’t match up to the other books I’ve read by Tess Gerritsen. It was first published in 1987 and her books have definitely improved on this one. A pleasant enough read.
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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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