The Surgeon [Book Review]

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Format: ebook from Libby app (library app)

I can’t be the only person who picked this up because of the television show. I just started Rizzoli & Isles, but I know it’s probably going to become one of my favorite shows. Hence, I decided to watch the show again and thought picking up the books would be a good idea. Except the first episode is based on the first two books so like… that’s a lot of story crammed into literally one hour. So I was like, okay we are going to read the first two books and then watch more of the series. I’m planning to read all of the books… I just don’t want to get too far ahead. The books are a lot different from the television show series. Don’t mistake me, this is a great police procedural. It’s got strong dialogue, interesting storyline, and great characters. But Maura Isles isn’t even in the book. I’m just wondering how you do the whole this is a Rizzoli & Isles Book but only with the first character? And some of the novel, it seems like Gerritsen is just testing out using Jane Rizzoli and could replace her easily with one of the other male characters involved in the story.

The book opens from the perspective of The Surgeon, the killer the Boston police are trying to catch. You get to see inside his head a lot. You’re also shown Thomas Moore who’s like a good cop and Jane Rizzoli, the only female homicide detective who’s really ugly. Seriously, this book talks so much about how she’s not attractive. It actually gets obnoxious.

A current murder bares similarity to an old case down in Georgia. But that killer is dead so no one is quite sure what’s going on. He was killed by a doctor now living in Boston, Catherine Cordell. Cordell doesn’t know why she is connected to the cases, or why she is the target. Of course Cordell and Thomas Moore start to fall in love. Which bothers Rizzoli because she likes him, but he’s falling for the beautiful woman instead. So Rizzoli sets out to find out answers on her own, but it leaves her in a dangerous situation when the killer captures her.

I did like this book. Still, it’s weird there’s no Isles and I kinda wondered why the focus was so much on Moore like maybe he was supposed to be the main one but the author changed her mind? If you didn’t watch the show, you’d have no idea she was going to end up being a major role player even though the series is named after her?! She’s just kind of in the back the whole time until she goes to find the killer and manages to get caught by him. She’s saved, but I’m glad this just made a small mention in the show because it was kind of annoying for her to be made out to be stupid when she is the only female homicide detective the department has. I think this could have just been marketed as like a prequel to the second book. I’m hoping the second book will be much better even though I know what happens with that one due to the show. Still, I’m excited for Maura to show up and for it to actually be Rizzoli and Isles. It’s a decently written book, complete with the gross serial killer descriptions these books are known for. I liked it just fine. Just don’t expect it to be like the show, and you won’t be let down.

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