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text 2017-06-02 14:58
Reading progress update: I've read 270 out of 422 pages.
The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Tess Gerritsen

well, it's quite the ride--I did actually read about fifty pages more late last night, but didn't get here to check in; and a bunch of pages this morning. intense and thrilling, a dastardly killer/tormentor who is obviously very smart and very screwed up. plus--always a bonus for me--we have a hypnotist in the mix! I don't think this is the holiest of holies--an Evil Hypnotist--but I love hypnotists in stories, and hypnotism scenes, and if he doesn't turn out to be Evil, well, someone creeping around in this story obviously is. I have a feeling I'm in for a highly suspenseful and effective finale...please please please. last thought for now: Rizzoli continues to be a wonderful character, maybe more interesting lately since getting herself into a bit of trouble (good for you, Rizzoli!).

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text 2017-06-02 01:00
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 422 pages.
The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Tess Gerritsen

this is riveting, engrossing, all that--but also, gross, at times. not for the weak stomach. I get a bit nauseated at the goriest sections, and they're long compared to those authors who do a quick description and move on; I'm nauseated as Gerritsen is just getting warmed up over a coupla pages. in other news, I do like the fact that I've read an SF novel called The Sparrow before reading this, because that book suddenly seems to have at least a bit of relevance, as far as what one of the victims in this book had on her night-table. I don't know if it's an actual clue for later, but The Sparrow is itself a bit of a shocking read, and knowing all its contents has special significance here. finally, well, this is just another all-around terrific Crime read for me to discover (a bit late) in 2017. pleased.

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text 2017-06-01 15:04
Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 422 pages.
The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Tess Gerritsen

I should probably be reading The Two by Will Carver right now, (a) because it beckons incessantly to me, as a sequel to one of my fave books so far this year, Girl 4, and (b) I gave Girl 4 to my best buddy who has very similar tastes, and if he goes nuts for it, he's going to want the sequel super-fast (whereas I like to take longer breaks, I don't know why). the fact is, Girl 4 did leave something purposefully unresolved, and no doubt the sequel jumps all over that...but I find I would love Girl 4 even if I never got to the sequel and tied up the loose end. there's a certain deliciousness to letting someone get away with something--in fiction, anyway--and just leaving it that way. seems more like real life, sadly. all that said, I wanted a female author with a strong female character right now (looks like I get Rizzoli here, but not Isles), in line with Wonder Woman arriving, and The Surgeon is kicking ass so far. as is Rizzoli! and this is nothing if not a great alternative to what Will Carver did in Girl 4. so my best bud will have to wait, oh, until about four books from now--as far as my reading future goes--and then we'll all be happy. I'm happy with The Surgeon, so no regrets. it's certainly got the shiver-inducing bloodiness of a Will Carver book.

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text 2017-06-01 01:53
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 422 pages.
The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Tess Gerritsen

it's past time I introduced myself to rizzoli & isles. 

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review 2017-05-22 04:07
"The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen
The Bone Garden - Tess Gerritsen

This book goes back and forth between past and present. It goes back to a past in Boston, MA where women were dying under the care of doctors while giving birth, because of a lack of knowledge that they needed to wash after each patient and before each new patient. Back to a past where Oliver Wendall Holmes was a doctor in training. It goes to a present where a woman finds a body buried in her garden and in trying to find out about the skeleton, she meets Henry who may have the information in papers from his relative, Margaret, who once owned the house. She learns some information on the skeleton from Dr. Isles and that is all the Rizzoli and Isles that is seen in this book as it looks at a past where women were not cared for as well as they should have been, children were born without knowledge of their true fathers and women have to marry someone in order to have a father for a child they are carrying. It is sad and tragic what a woman went through in those times and it is good that Oliver Wendall Holmes did learn how to prevent so many deaths in women giving birth and presented a paper on this after learning abroad in France. 

 

Enjoyable book with a great deal of history in it and while it was mostly fictional, it was a good story to read. I do recommend this book. It is not the typical mystery, but there is a mystery and it is solved through letters supposedly written by OWH. 

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