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Baker & Taylor
A small-town doctor and widowed mother confronts a shocking conspiracy behind an epidemic for which she herself is forced to take the blame

& Taylor

The author of Vanish pits Claire Elliot, a small-town doctor and widowed mother, against a shocking conspiracy behind an epidemic for which she herself is forced to take the blame. Reissue.

Simon and Schuster
With her acclaimed novels Harvest and Life Support, Tess Gerritsen has injected a powerful dose of adrenaline into the medical thriller. Now, in a new blockbuster, Gerritsen melds page-turning suspense with chilling realism as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent outbreak -- before it destroys everything she loves.
Lapped by he gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father's death. But with the first snap of winter comes shocking news that puts her practise on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of a chain of lethal outbursts among the town's teenagers.
As the rash of disturbing behavior grows, Claire uncovers a horrifying secret: this is not the first time it has happened. Twice a century,the children of Tranquility lash out with deadly violence. Claire suspects that there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that the placid Locust Lake may conceal an insidious danger. As she races to save Tranquility -- and her son -- from harm, Claire discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1998
ISBN: 9780671016760
Branch Call Number: FIC Gerritsen T
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 14, 2018

For the most part I liked this book a lot - in fact I read it at one sitting. I was fascinated by the medical and scientific parts, which the author nailed. (Of course she did. She's a MD.😉) I personally felt there were too many twists and turns, however. "Aha! This is the explanation!" "No, wait. It's this one!" "Pay attention! It's this one!" (You get the idea.) I would have gone with five stars had there been fewer explanations of the twists, and a better explanation of the true 'bad guy', which came at the rather abrupt end of the book.

And what's with the cover of the book?? Doesn't pertain to the book at all...

Jan 01, 2016

Great story. A LOT of medical terms! The story was a little long, but interesting.

Dec 11, 2012

Read it in one day! - Plot is somewhat predictable - still decent fast paced and not her standard characters


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