Book Review: The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

My lovely wife doesn’t like to read horror novels because, by their very nature, they are horrific. I disagree. I believe that horror books by and large are not horrific because of the paranormal or sci-fi elements. It is highly unlikely that you will meet a vampire or a ghost. Clive Barker likes to twist our perceptions in that the monsters in his books are not monsters, and the real ‘monsters’ are humans.

This brings me on nicely to The Surgeon; an above average crime thriller which had me gripped most of the way through. However, it isn’t very nice. In fact it is more horrific than almost any horror novel that I’ve ever read, except maybe for some of Shaun Hutson’s books where horrific is the only purpose to the detriment of any kind of storyline.

In the book a serial killer is on the loose. He is tying women up and removing their uterus. He is targeting a doctor in Boston who was the only surviving victim of a different serial killer a few years previous in a different city. Are the two events linked?

The story unfolds through the eyes of the two main homicide detectives, Rizzoli and Moore, as well as from the intended targets point of view. It all moves along nicely, although there are some of the usual tropes, for example, the misogynist detective and the family of the female detective who don’t take her seriously.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 on Goodreads as I did want to know what would happen next. I also found out that Tess has written another 12 books with the same two detectives. That is a great of time and money to invest and even though I did (kind of) enjoy The Surgeon, I’m not sure if I want to wade through any moor books that horrible.

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