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Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
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Jun 19, 2011

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It is always a pleasure to stroll the aisles and spot a new book by Tess Gerritsen. Both expectations and anticipation justifiably tend to run very high. However, this particular volume does not come close to approaching the quality of Gerritsen's earlier work. The plot and character development seemed both mechanical and formulaic, and the first two-thirds of the book suffered from what this reader could only consider a major, if not fatal, flaw. Four secondary characters were developed and the interplay between them meticulously, if somewhat mechanically, chronicled only to have the characters completely disappear from the rest of the book, with hardly any curiosity expressed by the main character as to what happened to them. It was almost as if a major portion of the book had been lifted or cut out and the remaining parts pasted together. The plot nevertheless was mildly entertaining, but overall this book is nowhere near Tess Gerritsen's usual high standards of craftsmanship and quality. The book may be worth borrowing from the public library for a weekend, but it is not worth the purchase price for acquisition for the individual library.

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