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Body double (original 2004; edition 2004)

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Title:Body double
Authors:Tess Gerritsen
Info:London : BCA, 2004.
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Tags:crime, thriller

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Wow. Wow. No, really, wow! The Sinner was light years better than The Apprentice, and Body Double was light years better than The Sinner. Tess, while I still have much love for Kathy Reichs (with the exception of Virals), you're now my go-to for quality murder mystery!!! ( )
1 vote drhapgood | Jul 27, 2014 |
Enjoyed this as something quick and not too difficult to read. It's been a while since I've read any Rizzoli and Isles and it's strange to come back to the book version after having seen them on TV and having to push away the TV adaptations and not make assumptions about the characters, backgrounds or even their friendship. I am pretty sure at this point that I prefer the books rather than the TV versions, not to fault either the actresses or their screen writers - but they don't feel like the same people. ( )
1 vote Peace2 | Jan 24, 2014 |
Bücherrezension: Tess Gerristen: Body Double
It is always very interesting to re-read a book every once in a while, especially when the context has changed. Some years ago I got a copy of the German version of this detective, considered it to be readable, gave it 3 stars but never thought about the idea that this may have been a part of a whole series. But Tess Gerritsen kept being on my mind. Well, now it was time to reconnect with her detectives as part of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
Knowing the characters and their personal histories adds an extra value to these books because now it's not only a pregnant detective who misses her husband and a shocked pathologist who finds back her sister, although it's too late to get to know her. I guess this is part of the R&I dynamic that these stories are more than just a suspense story like the ordinary Whodunits. Having read the first three instalments is part of the experience and adds an extra star to the general judgement.
When pathologist Maura Isles returns from the beautiful city Paris to Boston, she is shocked to find police in front of her house, but apparently everybody else is even more in shock because the murder victim looks exactly like Isles. So everybody thought it was her. But DNA proves that the victim was a sister Maura didn't know of. During the search for the killer Isles and Rizzoli discover even more horrid details about the past of the adopted sisters leading to the question whether evil is part of your genes or not.
The most important question of this book is not, who shot Maura Isles' sister but what kinds of love to we have and feel. How destructive or constructive can love be? There is the love of Jane Rizzoli for her unborn child, the love of relatives towards one another, but also the love of a policeman for the victim, the love of a wife for her husband, and the love of a mother for her child and vice versa.
When you are willing to entertain those questions and don't mind to forget about the murder plot (which is difficult as there is a lot of vicious dying in this book), you will definitely enjoy the read. ( )
1 vote Kaysbooks | Oct 3, 2013 |
This novel is a mish mash of stories. The fourth book in the Rizzoli and Isles series. Rizzoli's still pregnant, though at least in this book it's just a fact and not one of the big subplots. That's also okay because there's a boatload of other pregnant ladies in the book. Yikes.

As usual it starts with a murder. What is unusual about this murder is that the victim looks exactly like Maura. Generally I'm not a great fan of the mysteries where one of the ones who usually solves the mystery becomes an integral part of the mystery, but Gerritsen didn't do a bad job with that aspect of the mystery in this book. And, it's always great to see a character who doesn't get to do the autopsy of the woman who looks like her. Since in real life there's no way in hell she'd get to do it.

The book is more of a thriller than a mystery, at least in regards to the main story. Still, there are smaller mysteries layered in underneath so it's not all thriller. A solid, but not super stupendous book. Solid three stars.

Oh, and I was so excited when Gerritsen mentioned the guy with the front yard full of bed frames on the way up the coast of Maine. It's sad that they're not longer there. ( )
  DanieXJ | Aug 18, 2013 |
The murders are so awful that they don't bear thinking about too closely, and the beginning was horrible in terms of victims' suffering. But still, I like to read the occasional mystery and am willing to not dwell on specifics too much. So, overlooking that, I plodded on.

And I did enjoy this book despite some flaws. In chapter two, something became quite obvious to the casual reader but was not verified until page 95 (in my mass market paperback copy). You'd think the protagonist, a smart and logical doctor, would have caught on earlier than that, wouldn't you? There were some other flaws as well, and some bits of forensic and pathological science that I found interesting. There was a surprise at the end, one I didn't anticipate, so that is always a plus.

Overall, this murder mystery held my interesting and was good for summer, don't-have-to-think-too-hard entertainment. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Jun 15, 2013 |
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Returning home from Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles is greeted by a nightmarish scene. Slumped in a car in her driveway is a dead woman, a gunshot wound to her head. Cops and neighbours stare at her as she approaches; and when Maura looks into the car, she understands why. The body on the front seat is her mirror image. In the autopsy that follows, Maura discovers more and more parallels between her and the dead woman, right down to their identical blood group. She is even more confused when her friend, Detective Jane Rizzoli, learns that, according to all available documentation, the woman did not even exist until two years previously. Who was this woman? What was her relationship with Maura? And who is the killer's real target? Maura, who was given up for adoption at birth, knows she must confront the truth about her own mysterious origins. As she tracks down the dead woman's identity, she uncovers a shocking revelation about the mother she never knew. Drawn into a dangerous and manipulative game, Maura and Rizzoli are led ever deeper down a path of dark untruths and murderous deceit.
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Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles literally meets her match–and must face a savage serial killer and shattering personal revelations–in the brilliant new novel of suspense by the New York Times bestselling author of The Surgeon and The Sinner.

Dr. Maura Isles makes her living dealing with death. As a pathologist in a major metropolitan city, she has seen more than her share of corpses every day–many of them victims of violent murder. But never before has her blood run cold, and never has the grim expression “dead ringer” rung so terrifyingly true. Because never before has the lifeless body on the medical examiner’s table been her own.

Yet there can be no denying the mind-reeling evidence before her shocked eyes and those of her colleagues, including Detective Jane Rizzoli: the woman found shot to death outside Maura’s home is the mirror image of Maura, down to the most intimate physical nuances. Even more chilling is the discovery that they share the same birth date and blood type. For the stunned Maura, an only child, there can be just one explanation. And when a DNA test confirms that Maura’s mysterious doppelgänger is in fact her twin sister, an already bizarre murder investigation becomes a disturbing and dangerous excursion into a past full of dark secrets.

Searching for answers, Maura is drawn to a seaside town in Maine where other horrifying surprises await. But perhaps more frightening, an unknown murderer is at large on a cross-country killing spree. To stop the massacre and uncover the twisted truth about her own roots, Maura must probe her first living subject: the mother that she never knew . . . an icy and cunning woman who could be responsible for giving Maura life–and who just may have a plan to take it away.

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Returning from Paris to discover a murder victim in her driveway, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles is shocked to discover that the victim looks exactly like her and is a twin sister she never knew.

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