Book Review: Vanish by Tess Gerritsen


The book starts with Mila, a young seventeen year old young woman who is travelling across the Mexico borders to enter the land of dreams, America.  As they near the border, they are asked to get out of the car and undress to a group of men who eventually rape a few of them. One of them is her dear friend who tries to escape after the rape only to be shot dead.  The next main character is an overdue pregnant, very efficient police officer Jane Rizzoli whose water breaks in the court while giving her testimony.  As she is rushed to the hospital to give birth, her journey for unraveling the vanished girls begins there.  The last subject is Dr. Maura Isles and her story unfolds as she discovers one of the corpses in her morgue is very much alive.  Dr. Isles rushes this corpse to the hospital to save her and she helps unfold the mystery along with a reporter, Peter Lucas.  As the book alternates between the main characters, the book slowly unfolds the loathsome practice of importing vulnerable young girls into the United States from countries such as Mexico and the former Soviet Union. These girls are beaten, drugged, imprisoned, and sold into prostitution.

A very intense subject and very unpredictable end!! Tess has a story to tell.  The story is so intense that I finished the book in 2 days as there was a yearn to understand what would happen next.  Tess has a way to build the story with multiple clues along the way and you guess work all the way to the end.  She makes the story very believable and a subject that is not just fictional but that is happening very much in the United States.

Remembering my days as a new mom myself, Jane was the character I was drawn to.  She could be you! She is struggling through motherhood and at the same time trying to not lose her identity as an officer for which she has worked so hard all her life. As she struggles through her new identity, the book slowly unravels her journey as she puzzles through the events that happened just before she gave birth.

A must read for suspense loving fans.