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Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
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May 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: e-books-i-ve-read, crime-novel, mystery-thriller

I tend to read Tess Gerritsen books when I feel a reading slump coming on. They're just the perfect books to curb them since they're quick books that have you turning pages at an alarming speed. Anyway, that's why I picked up Vanish. I've been in final project hell and needed something that I would get into right away. While Vanish wasn't my favorite in the Rizzoli and Isles series, it definitely didn't disappoint.

Vanish doesn't so much start off with a bang, but rather a creepy and effective beginning. Mila's story was heartbreaking and enthralling that I found myself wanting the Rizzoli and Isles parts to be over faster just so I can get back to her story. However, the middle was where I started having some issues. I felt that it lagged just a bit with the whole "Jane is a hostage" situation. It wasn't as heart-pounding as I thought it would be. Also, I felt that it was veering towards political thriller territory and that just isn't my cup of tea.

Soon afterwards, my fears were quenched and Vanish went right back to the heart-pounding thriller that I expected it to be with a satisfying ending for some and heartbreaking endings/beginings for others. While there were a few bumps in the road, I enjoyed Vanish immensely.

I also found that I'm not getting sick of the leads. Usually after I've read more than a few in a series, I find that there are certain things that are starting to bother me about the main characters. Just little quirks that are starting to become more apparent after so much time together. This hasn't happened with the Rizzoli and Isles series yet. It's quite the opposite actually. An example of this is when I read the plot for the upcoming book (I believe it's the 8th in the series) and my heart hurt just a little at the thought of what's coming up for Maura. Hopefully, it won't end the way I think it will and there will be another worthy plot twist that won't have me in tears.

Anyway, not only did Vanish curb said reading slump, but it got me that much more excited for the upcoming Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT. So much that I'm now counting down the days until July 12th. So even if Book 8 ends up the way I hope it won't, I'll still have the series there. Unless of course, the people at TNT (I'm not calling the idiots...yet) cancel the show before it's time and then I'll go back to the books and realized they sucked and the show was better...I doubt this will happen. It's not like Tess Gerritsen is James Patterson and the Rizzoli & Isles series is the Women's Murder Club...
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Reading Progress

May 6, 2010 – Started Reading
May 6, 2010 – Shelved
May 6, 2010 – Shelved as: e-books-i-ve-read
May 6, 2010 – Shelved as: crime-novel
May 6, 2010 – Shelved as: mystery-thriller
May 7, 2010 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Gloria (new) - added it

Gloria Bernal I'm so glad you mentioned that TNT will be doing this as a series, thank you! I like the lead characters too.

Alisha Marie You're very welcome! I've really just been counting down the days and am so glad it's almost here. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations!

message 3: by Gloria (new) - added it

Gloria Bernal I just went to the TNT website to see the intro clips on the show and am sooo excited at the choices of actresses for Rizzoli and Isles. I loved Angie Harmon in Patterson's series with the other 3 women (that got cancelled) but I loved it and she is perfect for the part. In fact, I pictured someone like her in Rizzoli's role. The actress that will play the M.E. is just right too. I'm going to enjoy this. Let's hope it lasts! Thanks again.

Alisha Marie I thought the first ten episodes of the Women's Murder Club were great and the last three were adequate. I was so bummed that the show got cancelled!

message 5: by Gloria (new) - added it

Gloria Bernal I felt exactly the same way, the first episodes were better but I liked the women in those roles, they did a good job. Fingers crossed for this new series, and thanks again Alisha.

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