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Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu hospital Hardcover – September 1, 2014
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- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780727884152
- ISBN-13 : 978-0727884152
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.81 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; First World Hardcover Edition (September 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0727884158
- Best Sellers Rank: #430,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have enjoyed her work in the past and have read most of her books, but never again. The plotting of this one is dismal and full of holes, the characters laughable. And as for the dialogue, well, it's not wooden, it's leaden.
It's a silly soppy romance novel with cheesy sex that makes one cringe. I honestly cannot understand how the talented Tess Gerritsen of before could have written such, well, I'm afraid crap is the only appropriate word. I noticed (unfortunately after purchasing) that this is not published by her usual publisher (who most probably turned it down) but by Harlequin...
I read this after reading some non-fiction that were heavy topics and I was looking for a light quick read. With that in mind, it deserves 4 stars. If I were to add the burden of comparing it to her more recent works I would have rated it lower. It would be great vacation book.
1. This is not a philosophy book, but I like Tess Gerritsen's inclusion of a number of thought-provoking observations, including, “Your problem, David, is that you haven’t resolved your fear of death. Until you do, you’ll never come to terms with life.”
2. Of course, Ms. Gerritsen knows how to write a page-turner mystery. The mysteries of why and by whom the murders are committed are well developed into a suspenseful conclusion.
3. Most of her figures of speech are creatively descriptive, such as the description of a woman who has exerted herself and “was wheezing like an accordion.” But I am disappointed with the one time that Ms. Gerritsen uses the least creative of all figures of speech with, “it bothered the hell out of him.”
What I think could have been developed better.
1. I realize that the romance is part of the plot and part of the character development, but there were some scenes, including the dreams, that could have been revised, shortened, or omitted.
2. Ms. Gerritsen, who was in her thirties when this book was written in 1990, depicts all of the characters in their sixties as completely without physical vitality. Most of the people that I know in their sixties (including myself) are much more vigorous than these characters. Now that the author herself is in her sixties, I wonder if the descriptions would be the same if she were to rewrite this novel now.
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This is so far as I can establish is Tess Gerritsen’s second book. Compared to the first it has different characters, different location and the same plot. Girl’s life implodes, man who was her adversary becomes her ally, couple go on the run together, baddie turns out to be someone known to them, couple go into the sunset together. The end.
Doctor Kate Chesne is blamed for patient dying in the operating theatre. Family sue and top lawyer gets involved. Hospital administrators distance themselves from the unfortunate doctor. Kate is horrified by the happening and cannot work out what went wrong. She knows she did everything she should have but the medical charts appear to show the opposite.
Further enquiries appear to show a pattern with three medical practitioners including the patient in the operating theatre all having recently died. All three had worked together in recent years and more in-depth investigation shows that there is a gap in their patients records. Is there a serial killer?
Chesne now being assisted by the lawyer hired to sue her soon discovers she is now in the sights of the killer. Several attempts are made on her life and the police seem reluctant to take the attempts seriously. Can she identify the source of these threats before she becomes the latest victim.
It hurts to say this but I found this book to be drivel. It tried to be both a thriller and a romance and failed in both regards. I have always enjoyed Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series of books but I have to say reading across her book range has been extremely disappointing. I think I will take a brief rest from her books for the foreseeable future.
My favorite Tess trait is that shes so gory she makes me want to vomit over my shoes, this book didnt have that element, and it felt sappy which is so un tess like.
However it's a good thriller, I think if this had another authors name on the spine I'd rate it higher but I expect a certain standard from Tess and this fell short.