Vanish starts as it ends. This novel is an explosive read by one of my favourite authors. This book was so gripping that I read it in less than 24 hours. A true testament to a thumping good book!
Rizzoli, Dean and Isles are back with an investigation running as a parallel story to that of Mila, an immigrant on the run. Someone is after Mila. She is the last witness of a story that needs to be told, but telling will mean a certain death.
Gerritson knows how to keep the reader captivated with an intense plot and compelling characters, even though it is sometimes difficult to imagine Rizzoli as a mother, Her character is totally believable as a feisty, dedicated detective who lives for her work.
Gerritson, as always, develops the plot and the character in such a way that you simply cannot put the book down… This is a definite must-read!
Reviewed by H. A.
1) How would you describe your books?
Crime thrillers with unflinching medical details
2) What is your favourite crime read of all time?
This is a cruel question! I have to pick just one? I guess it would be REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier. Because I have such fond memories of reading it in my youth.
3) Would you describe yourself as a Crime fan and if so, which authors do you most admire and why?
I'm an omnivorous reader, tending toward historical fiction as well as crime. I really admired Mo Hayder's TOKYO, which I found spellbinding. And I've just discovered Simon Beckett, whose upcoming book THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH is brilliant.
4) Who, in your eyes, is pushing the boundaries of crime fiction today – and why?
Charlie Huston is certainly pushing it with his vampire/crime novels. And JD Robb (Nora Roberts) took a daring leap when she created her futuristic crime thrillers. If that's not pushing the envelope, I don't know what is!
5) Without giving away the plot, which book included your favourite plot twist of all time?
I recall being utterly surprised by several twists in Jeffrey Deaver's THE COFFIN DANCER. I was surprised, as well, by the secret in A PLACE OF EXECUTION by Val McDermid.
6) What is your favourite movie adaptation of a crime novel?
7) Jane Rizzoli is a tough cop and now a mother. Do you plan to show your readers the fine balance between being a policewoman and a parent?
I try to write about full-blooded characters who have real lives, so Jane's struggles as a woman -- a wife, a mother, and a daughter -- will always be part of her story. I worked as a physician, and I recall that the most difficult part of my job was the balancing act between work and motherhood. I know how hard it is to be a working mom.
8) Are you planning more Jane Rizzoli books or do you have any plans for a novel with different protagonists?
I'm working on my sixth book in the Jane and Maura series, and I introduce a new character in this one, a mysterious man who considers himself a professional "demon hunter." Whether he's real or a wacko is the question.
9) Where do you see Crime fiction going next?
I think there will be more thrillers written by authorities or insiders,
people who can bring us into their own worlds and teach us obscure facts.
A geologist, for instance, or an airline mechanic could bring a fresh
and fascinating point of view to the thriller genre. (Provided, of course,
they can also write!)