Vanish

Version: Abridged
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Narrator: Anne Heche , Ilyana Kadushin
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles—the inspiration for the hit TNT series—continue their bestselling crime-solving streak.

A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless thriller.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.

Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.

Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane’s husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer’s identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.

Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it–if she survives the night.

Reviews (11)

Suspenseful (and depressing)

Written by John from Sulphur, LA on August 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Tess is great and the story is as suspensful as I expected. But it's also so darn depressing. Can't hold it against Tess - this horror needs to be exposed. Still an outstanding story.

3/4 great

Written by Brian from Clinton, OK on March 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this book very much, the plot was good as well. I think what I loved most about it was how descriptive the author was. I would have probably gave it four stars, but the ending wasn't as good as the rest of the book. It was almost as if the author was writing a number one selling book and got tired of writing it at the end and just gave it a very common and predictable ending. But in my opinion, very worth the listen.

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Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on August 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is the second book in this series that I have read. This was a bit different story with a more FBI component to it . The story ended to soon. I am looking forward to listening to more of Tess Garritsen's stories.

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Written by Kay on July 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked this book very much, as I get to know a character, I look for more books with the same people in them. Makes for a very interesting and connecting read.

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Written by Anonymous from Magnolia, TX on April 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Tess can do no wrong. Once again, brilliant story-line that's fast paced with a knockout punch! I could barely tell it was abridged.

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Written by Anonymous on June 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite authors. This audio book was excellent!! It kept me captivated from the very beginning - I didn't want it to end!! Truly one of the best audio books I have listened to!!

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Written by Peg Longano on April 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book - I would read it again. Never a dull moment.

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Written by Nanette on March 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved, loved, loved this book. This is the second book by Tess Gerritsen I have listen to and made sure I put all her books on my rental shelf. Very well written. Still not sure if I am a big fan on the reader but....still a great book.

favorite author

Written by Catherine Mieczkowski from Washington, DC on February 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Tess Gerritsen is my favorite author. I am an avid reader of her books. The abridged version is good, its an easy listen, nice twists. I wish they had the unabridged version. The book was much better that way

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Written by Angela Jones from Robeline, LA on January 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Another good listen by Tess Gerritsen. I am always on a wild ride listening to her stories, this was no different. The only complaints I have is that she has changed the character of Jane and made her too soft. I don't know if this is how she views pregnant women, but I found her character way different than in past books. I also did not like the ending it seems the book just stops and you are left to wonder what happens to Jane and Gabrial and the babies life after the murder is solved.

Author Details

Author Details

Gerritsen, Tess

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.