Vanish (Rizzoli and Isles Series #5)

Vanish (Rizzoli and Isles Series #5)

by Tess Gerritsen

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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.

This ebook edition contains a special preview of Tess Gerritsen’s I Know a Secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345484758
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/23/2005
Series: Rizzoli and Isles Series , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 26,402
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen earned international acclaim for her first novel of suspense, Harvest. She introduced detective Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon (2001) and Dr. Maura Isles in The Apprentice (2002) and has gone on to write numerous other titles in the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series, including The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold, The Silent Girl, Last to Die, and Die Again. Her latest novel is the standalone thriller Playing with Fire. A physician, Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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My name is Mila, and this is my journey.

There are so many places where I could begin the story. I could start in the town where I grew up, in Kryvicy, on the banks of the Servac River, in the district of Miadziel. I could begin when I was eight years old, on the day my mother died, or when I was twelve, and my father fell beneath the wheels of the neighbor’s truck. But I think I should begin my story here, in the Mexican desert, so far from my home in Belarus. This is where I lost my innocence. This is where my dreams died.

It is a November day without clouds, and large black birds soar in a sky that is bluer than I have ever seen. I am sitting in a white van driven by two men who do not know my real name, nor do they seem to care. They just laugh and call me Red Sonja, the name they have used since they saw me step off the plane in Mexico City. Anja says it’s because of my hair. Red Sonja is the name of a movie which I have never seen, but Anja has seen it. She whispers to me that it’s about a beautiful warrior woman who cuts down her enemies with a sword. Now I think the men are mocking me with this name because I am not beautiful; I am not a warrior. I am only seventeen, and I am scared because I do not know what happens next.

We are holding hands, Anja and me, as the van carries us, and five other girls, through a barren land of desert and scrub brush. The “Mexican Package Tour” is what the woman in Minsk promised us, but we knew what it really meant: an escape. A chance. You take a plane to Mexico City, she told us, and there will be people to meet you at the airport, to help you across the border to a new life. “What good is your life here?” she told us. “There are no good jobs for girls, no apartments, no decent men. You have no parents to support you. And you, Mila—you speak English so well,” she told me. “In America, you will fit in, just like that.” She snapped her fingers. “Be brave! Take a chance. The employers will pay your way, so what are you both waiting for?”

Not for this, I think, as endless desert rolls past our windows. As Anja huddles close against me, all the girls on the van are quiet. We are all beginning to wonder the same thing. What have I done?

All morning, we have been driving. The two men in the front say nothing to us, but the man on the passenger side keeps turning to give us looks. His eyes always seek out Anja, and I do not like the way he stares at her. She doesn’t notice it because she is dozing against my shoulder. The mouse, we always called her in school, because she is so shy. One glance from a boy will make her blush. We are the same age, but when I look at Anja’s sleeping face, I see a child. And I think: I should not have let her come with me. I should have told her to stay in Kryvicy.

At last our van leaves the highway and bumps onto a dirt road. The other girls stir awake and stare out the windows at brown hills, where boulders lie scattered like old bones. In my home-town, the first snow has already fallen, but here, in this winterless land, there is only dust and blue sky and parched shrubs. We roll to a stop, and the two men look back at us.

The driver says in Russian: “It’s time to get out and walk. It’s the only way across the border.”

They slide open the door and we climb out one by one, seven girls, blinking and stretching after the long ride. Despite the brilliant sunshine, it is chilly here, far cooler than I expected. Anja slips her hand into mine, and she is shivering.

“This way,” the driver orders, and he leads us off the dirt road, onto a trail that takes us up into the hills. We climb past boulders and thorny bushes that claw at our legs. Anja wears open-toed shoes and she has to pause often, to shake out the sharp stones. We are all thirsty, but the men allow us to stop only once to drink water. Then we keep moving, scrambling up the gravelly path like ungainly goats. We reach the crest and start sliding downward, toward a clump of trees. Only when we reach the bottom do we see there is a dry riverbed. Scattered on the bank are the discards of those who have crossed before us: plastic water bottles and a soiled diaper and an old shoe, the vinyl cracked from the sunlight. A remnant of blue tarp flutters from a branch. This way have so many dreamers come, and we are seven more, following in their footsteps to America. Suddenly my fears evaporate, because here, in this debris, is the evidence we are close.

The men wave us forward, and we start climbing up the opposite bank.

Anja tugs on my hand. “Mila, I can’t walk anymore,” she whispers.

“You have to.”

“But my foot is bleeding.”

I look down at her bruised toes, at the blood oozing from tender skin, and I call out to the men: “My friend has cut her foot!”

The driver says, “I don’t care. Keep walking.”

“We can’t go on. She needs a bandage.” 

“Either you keep walking or we’ll just leave you two behind.”

“At least give her time to change her shoes!”

The man turns. In that instant, he has transformed. The look on his face makes Anja shrink backward. The other girls stand frozen and wide-eyed, like scared sheep huddling together as he stalks toward me.

The blow is so swift I do not see it coming. All at once, I am on my knees, and for a few seconds, everything is dark. Anja’s screams seem far away. Then I register the pain, the throbbing in my jaw. I taste blood. I see it drip in bright spatters on the river stones.

“Get up. Come on, get up! We’ve wasted enough time.”

I stagger to my feet. Anja is staring at me with stricken eyes. “Mila, just be good!” she whispers. “We have to do what they tell us! My feet don’t hurt anymore, really. I can walk.”

“You get the picture now?” the man says to me. He turns and glares at the other girls. “You see what happens if you piss me off? If you talk back? Now walk!”

Suddenly the girls are scrambling across the riverbed. Anja grabs my hand and pulls me along. I am too dazed to resist, so I stumble after her, swallowing blood, scarcely seeing the trail ahead of me.

It is only a short distance farther. We climb up the opposite bank, wind our way through a stand of trees, and suddenly we are standing on a dirt road.

Two vans are parked there, waiting for us.

“Stand in a line,” our driver says. “Come on, hurry up. They want to take a look at you.”

Though befuddled by this command, we form a line, seven tired girls with aching feet and dusty clothes.

Four men climb out of the vans and they greet our driver in English. They are Americans. A heavyset man walks slowly up the row, eyeing us. He wears a baseball cap and he looks like a sunburned farmer inspecting his cows. He stops in front of me and frowns at my face. “What happened to this one?”

“Oh, she talked back,” says our driver. “It’ s just a bruise.”

“She’s too scrawny, anyway. Who’d want her?”

Does he know I can understand English? Does he even care? I may be scrawny, I think, but you have a pig face.

His gaze has already moved on, to the other girls. “Okay,” he says, and he breaks out in a grin. “Let’s see what they’ve got.”

Our driver looks at us. “Take off your clothes,” he orders in Russian.

We stare back in shock. Until this moment, I have held on to a wisp of hope that the woman in Minsk told us the truth, that she has arranged jobs for us in America. That Anja will babysit three little girls, that I will sell dresses in a wedding shop. Even after the driver took our passports, even as we’d stumbled along that trail, I had thought: It can still turn out all right. It can still be true.

None of us moves. We still don’t believe what he has asked us to do.

“Do you hear me?” our driver says. “Do you all want to look like her?” He points to my swollen face, which still throbs from the blow. “Do it.”

One of the girls shakes her head and begins to cry. This enrages him. His slap makes her head whip around and she staggers sideways. He hauls her up by the arm, grabs her blouse, and rips it open. Screaming, she tries to push him away. The second blow sends her sprawling. For good measure, he walks over and gives her a vicious kick in the ribs.

“Now,” he says, turning to look at the rest of us. “Who wants to be next?”

One of the girls quickly fumbles at the buttons of her blouse. Now we are all complying, peeling off shirts, unzipping skirts and pants. Even Anja, shy little Anja, is obediently pulling off her top.

“Everything,” our driver orders. “Take it all off. Why are you bitches so slow? You’ll learn to be quick about it, soon enough.” He moves to a girl who stands with her arms crossed over her breasts. She has not removed her underwear. He grabs the waistband and she flinches as he tears it away.

The four Americans begin to circle us like wolves, their gazes roving across our bodies. Anja is shaking so hard I can hear her teeth chatter.

“I’ll give this one a test drive.” One of the girls utters a sob as she is dragged from the line. The man does not even bother to hide the assault. He shoves the girl’s face against one of the vans, unzips his pants, and thrusts himself into her. She shrieks.

The other men move in and make their choices. Suddenly Anja is wrenched away from me. I try to hold on to her, but the driver twists my hand from hers.

“No one wants you,” he says. He shoves me into the van and locks me inside.

Through the window, I see it all, hear it all. The men’s laughter, the girls’ struggles, their cries. I cannot bear to watch; neither can I turn away.

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Vanish (Rizzoli and Isles Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 403 reviews.
1DANA3 More than 1 year ago
A "Jane Doe" is brought to the morgue.Suddenly, her eyes open. Having been rushed to the hospital, regained consciousness, the mystery woman jumps up and grabs a security guard's gun. She shoots and kills him, then barricades herself along with several hostages, one being the very pregnant Jane Rizzoli. Now it's up to Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean to get his wife and child out of this alive. A page-turner, for sure! The best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Maura Isles is doing paperwork on an autopsy late one night. She needs some information to continue and goes into the Cold Room to locate it. There, she hears a noise coming from one of the body bags. Upon opening it, Maura is horrified to discover that the woman is still alive! Shortly thereafter, Maura goes to the hospital to follow up on her Jane Doe. She enters Doe's room just in time to see Doe kill a security cop. Doe ends up barricading herself and six other people in the Diagnostic Imaging area. ...................... Jane Rizzoli is a Homicide Detective with Boston Police Department. She is also about to deliver a baby. She naps on the exam table and wakes up to find herself one of six hostages. Then a stranger walks past the police and SWAT Team members without anyone noticing until it is too late. Doe and the stranger know each other. They are on the same side. Rizzoli's husband is FBI agent Gabriel Dean, who is outside the hospital worried about his wife. He becomes frantic when he learns that the stranger is a specially trained black-ops agent, Joseph Roke ... and Joe is NOT on the police's side this time. No one knows what these two, seemingly crazy people, could possibly have in common. ...................... When the crisis is over, Dean, Rizzoli, and Maura cannot seem to drop all their unanswered questions. They begin their own investigation. Soon they realize that Doe and Roke may not have been crazy after all. Sometimes there are secrets so terrible that powerful people will stop at nothing to keep quiet. .......................... ***** You have GOT to read this one! Author Tess Gerritsen has created a story that I can only classify as a 'Medical, Detective, & Political Thriller'. This novel covers all of them. The scariest part about the story is that what it describes, the lost girls, is totally true. These girls ARE out there. And more are added to their numbers daily. ............................ Make sure you do not begin reading this novel until you have a couple days off work with no pressing plans. Once you start reading, you will not be able to stop. Highly recommended reading. *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I read by Tess Gerritsen, I'am looking forward to reading more of her books. This thriller is one of the best I've ever read. This book pulled me into the story immediately and the twist of the plot gave me chills and kept me turning page after page. I was always dying to know what will happen next. Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles were great characters. I also could feel the fear and anger of Olena and Mila. I found myself looking around the room as I read. It was distrubing at times...because it felt so true to life. I read it in one day...very difficult to put down. A great suspenseful thriller that I recommended to our book club. I recommend this book to those who love thrillers that keep your heart pounding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know this was part of a series when i bought it. One of the best books iv eread
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the third or fourth book that i've read from Ms. Gerritsen and undoubtly one of the best. Although the book is read and done, the scenes in the book still lingers in my mind. There is a movie made on the LIFETIME channel that is VERY VERy similar to this book. The movie, HUMAN TRAFFIKING, aired about 2 years ago, and you can probably find it in hollywood videos or blockbuster now. I suggest that you watch the movie also. the movie does not relate to this author in any way but will give you insight as to how much of a reality this book actually is. I actually had went to rent this movie while i was reading the book because of how much the book reminded me of the movie. So enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best thrillers I've ever read. I didn't think she'd match Life Support or The Surgeon, but she has. This is a great book that I've recommended to my book club.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Medical examiner Maura Isles is called to examine the body of a beautiful, nameless woman but she gets the shock of her life when the corpse opens her eyes... The woman, who mistakenly was pronounced dead, is rushed to the hospital where doctors scramble to help her, but things turn deadly as she steals a guard's gun, kills him, and takes hostages. One of the hostages is none other than detective Jane Rizzoli who is on the verge of going into labor. As things begin to spiral more out of control, the crazed woman calls a local radio station with a simple message 'The die is cast.' Now it's up to Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean to use all of his negotiating and investigative skills to get his wife and child out of this alive. 'Vanish' is the best novel Tess Gerritsen has written and one of the finest thrillers to come out in a long time. From page one the reader is pulled into a tension filled novel that surprises with each new plot twist. Combining well-drawn characters with expert plotting 'Vanish' is a novel that begs to be read in one sitting. This is a page-turner of the first order and a definite MUST read. Nick Gonnella
harstan More than 1 year ago
Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli is about to give birth but she still performs her job by testifying against a man she arrested. The man goes berserk and Jane gets off the witness stand, restrains and cuffs him. Her water breaks and she goes to the hospital where her doctor sends her to Diagnostic Imaging for an ultra sound. In another part of the hospital, a Jane Doe kills a security guard and ends up in Diagnostic Imaging where she keeps Jane and five other people hostage. The Feds take over the operation citing national security reasons and before the hostage situation ends the woman and her accomplice is dead. The Feds confiscate the notes and all evidence related to the two dead people. The last thing that the woman says to Jane is ¿Mila knows¿. The woman is traced back to a house where five women were murdered, four of whom w were kept against their will in a white slavery ring. Even though Jane just gave birth she is determined to find Mila and expose the people running the ring who erase all traces of their existence when things get too hot. The Jane Doe was found in the morgue by Medical Examiner Maura Isles. The woman was declared dead when she was fished out of the ocean but revived when she warmed up. She is determined to make her story known to the American people even though people highly placed in law enforcement and government won¿t be stopped until she is dead. Jane is determined to find out her motivation because during the takedown of the hostages, actions were taken that didn¿t make sense. --- Tess Gerritsen writes another exciting and mesmerizing crime thriller that is frightening because it is based on fact. VANISH is the type of novel that is written only rarely, one that appeals to reads who like plenty of action and realistic characters in their novels material. The love between Jane and her husband Gabriel, an FBI agent is so strong that it adds heart and soul to a work that would otherwise have too much tension for the plot to sustain.--- Harriet Klausner
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
forced prostitution. . . conspiracy theory. . . high government officials. . . big defense industry. . . murder mystery. . .betrayal. . . . . . Put a pregnant cop and her FBI husband in charge of solving the mystery, and you're in for some action.
CloggieDownunder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vanish is the fifth of Tess Gerritsen¿s Rizzoli/Isles series. The story starts with Maura Isles discovering a female in a body bag, an apparent drowning victim, who isn¿t dead. Transferred to the hospital, the woman becomes violent, shoots a security guard and takes hostages. Jane Rizzoli, about to give birth, happens to be in the wrong place and becomes one of the hostages. Her husband, FBI Agent Gabriel Dean, her Boston PD colleagues and Maura Isles spare no effort trying to track down the woman¿s identity and her reasons for the siege. Once again, Gerritsen brings the reader a gripping drama, with Jane Rizzoli providing many lighter moments. In the court scene, Rizzoli conclusively proves that, even at 9 months pregnant, she is still a cop. As well as exploring Rizzoli¿s doubts about her mothering ability and her concern with her lack of maternal instinct (topical for many first-time mothers), Gerritsen touches on subjects as diverse as sex slave trafficking, war profiteering and sieges and negotiators. As always, an excellent plot with a few twists makes this book hard to put down. Gerritsen at her finest.
Pickle115 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since reading Gerritsen's new book [Ice Cold] here at Librarything, I've been a fan. I love the new series on TNT based on Rizzoli/Isles. Everything I have read by this author has capitivated me and [Vanish] was no exception. I don't generally shed tears in the books that fall in this genre but I found myself crying for Mila and Olean on more than one ocassion. Very good read!
mtnbiker1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just finished this one this morning. This was the book immediately prior to Mephisto Club, the first book by Tess Gerritsen that I have read. I plan to find the rest of her novels as soon as I can. Good story and an interesting cast of characters make this series a compelling read.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A woman is taken to the morgue and one evening as Dr. Isles is working she hears noises. She is surprised to find that the dead woman is actually alive and she is taken to the hospital in a very agitated state. At the same time, Jane Rizzoli is going into labour and about to be admitted to the hospital. The dead woman (now alive) grabs a security guard's gun and shoots him, then takes hostages and Jane just happens to be in the room that the panicked woman has taken over.Another fabulous entry in this series! I couldn't put it down. The narrative alternates between the present hostage situation and the story of a Russian teenager who was brought to America as a slave and prostitute. The two stories eventually converge. This is an intense ride of illegal immigration, government conspiracy, a hostage situation, murder and torture. Fans will be pleased with more of what they have come to expect from Gerritsen. As an added bonus I was thrilled to see the return of Thomas Moore (from The Surgeon), even if it was just a small part.
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tend to read Tess Gerritsen books when I feel a reading slump coming on. They're just the perfect books to curb them since they're quick books that have you turning pages at an alarming speed. Anyway, that's why I picked up Vanish. I've been in final project hell and needed something that I would get into right away. While Vanish wasn't my favorite in the Rizzoli and Isles series, it definitely didn't disappoint. Vanish doesn't so much start off with a bang, but rather a creepy and effective beginning. Mila's story was heartbreaking and enthralling that I found myself wanting the Rizzoli and Isles parts to be over faster just so I can get back to her story. However, the middle was where I started having some issues. I felt that it lagged just a bit with the whole "Jane is a hostage" situation. It wasn't as heart-pounding as I thought it would be. Also, I felt that it was veering towards political thriller territory and that just isn't my cup of tea. Soon afterwards, my fears were quenched and Vanish went right back to the heart-pounding thriller that I expected it to be with a satisfying ending for some and heartbreaking endings/beginings for others. While there were a few bumps in the road, I enjoyed Vanish immensely. I also found that I'm not getting sick of the leads. Usually after I've read more than a few in a series, I find that there are certain things that are starting to bother me about the main characters. Just little quirks that are starting to become more apparent after so much time together. This hasn't happened with the Rizzoli and Isles series yet. It's quite the opposite actually. An example of this is when I read the plot for the upcoming book (I believe it's the 8th in the series) and my heart hurt just a little at the thought of what's coming up for Maura. Hopefully, it won't end the way I think it will and there will be another worthy plot twist that won't have me in tears. Anyway, not only did Vanish curb said reading slump, but it got me that much more excited for the upcoming Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT. So much that I'm now counting down the days until July 12th. So even if Book 8 ends up the way I hope it won't, I'll still have the series there. Unless of course, the people at TNT (I'm not calling the idiots...yet) cancel the show before it's time and then I'll go back to the books and realized they sucked and the show was better...I doubt this will happen. It's not like Tess Gerritsen is James Patterson and the Rizzoli & Isles series is the Women's Murder Club...
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Maura Isles has barely had time to recover from the startling revelations about her family in ody Double (2004) when she discovers one of the corpses in her morgue is very much alive. The young woman is rushed off to the hospital, where the doctors are able to save her life. Maura pays the young woman a visit only to witness the woman grab a security guard's gun, shoot the man, and take Maura hostage. Maura manages to escape, and the woman flees into the bowels of the hospital, where she takes six other people hostage, including Detective Jane Rizzoli, who is about to give birth.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Tess Gerritsen that I have read. I got in in a box of books from my brother I believe. Later i leanred it was part of a series featuring Jane Rizzoli. A Boston police detective, she and her counterparts, as well as the coroners office take on a group of "terrorists" who attempt to kill a woman in one of Boston's hopsitals. Later they discover in fact they are not dealing with terrorists, but rather the traffiking of female "slaves." These women/girls are brought into the US from Russia and sold into sexual slavery in brothels, etc. One hell of a thriller, and the author does an amazing job of ratcheting up the suspense.
ark76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Det. Rizzoli and Dr. Isles return again for another adventure, however, the main characters in this book turn out to be victims of sexual slavery. Sex slaves are kidnapped and brought into Northern Virginia (near DC). Gerritsen does a phenomenal job of following their progress and showing the horrors of their life. The descriptions are graphic and disturbing, as is the reality of this crime. Gerritsen switches between the story line of some girls brought into Virginia, and Det. Rizzoli (9 1/2 months pregnant) being kidnappped. Eventually the story lines overlap with Dr. Isles playing detective, looking into the DC power players.
cooperca05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again it's Rizzoli and Isles to the rescue. When Jane becomes a hostage, Maura and Gabriel do everything to get her back alive -- and since things are never easy, the hostage standoff is just the start to a cover-up that will expose secrets that are trying hard to stay hidden.
creighley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another page-turner only this time Detective Jane Rizzoli is pregnant and in labor when the hospital is taken hostage by two nameless people.
markatread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one has a lot of fast paced action. In fact this is one of the best parts of the book. The author has a good grasp on pacing and things never slow down for long. The logic and the plot take a hit several times as the book needs a jolt of action and the plot is forced through changes that are somewhat illogical, but the action is well done. Another positive in the book is the authors use of the new Dept of National Intelligence and how the new agency redefines the usual conflict between the FBI and the local police force. The DNI turns out to be nobodies friend and that tension is used to good effect throughout the book. There is also another good plotting device that is done well where the author uses Eastern Bloc girls who are being smuggled into the country and then being forced into prostitution. In fact there are a lot of good things in this book and it could have gotten a lot higher rating from me except......Jane, the heroine, is having a baby. And as it turns out, the birth of this baby is not a happy event (at least not for Jane), it is in some ways the opposite. The baby becomes more and more an obstacle and even more than that, an irritating impediment to Jane who wants to abandon the baby repeatedly to go back to catching bad guys. She does not appear to bond with her child even once in this book. This is actually a great premise for a book (professional woman having a baby and having conflicting feelings about her career and the birth of her child), one that this author would appear to be uniquely qualified to write about since the dust jacket says that she gave up her career as a physician to be a full time mother and writer. But this book actually only sees it as a plot device that helps to increase the frustration that the heroine feels throughout the book. In fact it ends up making you feel creepily like you might in some ways be observing the author's sub-conscious way of working out her own misgivings about her choice to give up her profession. The way in which Jane is so outraged that her husband would try to keep her from being a part of the investigation just because she has had a baby is well done but it is also clear that no bonding is occuring for the mom. And her choice at the end which puts her child in harm's way feels unfortunately like the author trying to ratchet up the tension so she can have a slam-bam finish to her book. It really felt manipulative to me.
HockeyGoddess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now we're talking! I really enjoyed this fifth installment in the Rizzoli & Isles series. This one was a nice blend of Jane & Maura action, although for some reason I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Jane is both married and pregnant! (I blame the TNT series for this!!)I loved the beginning of this book, where Maura is at work late and hears noises from the storage cooler...only to find a body that isn't so dead! That shocking open leads us into a tangle of government conspiracy, a hostage standoff, Jane in the hospital, and everyone looking for a woman named Mila!I dug all of the twists in this story from the back-and-forth in the beginning to tell the backstory of Mila and Olena, to the new chapter for Jane as she finally finds her footing in the role of wife and mother, to the final whodunnit. This was what I'd been waiting for in the past few books: lots of suspense, plotlines with BOTH Maura and Jane, and an ending that I had to wait until the last minute to figure out! Great read!!
Bumpersmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic roller coaster of action and thrills that never stop.
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vanish is book #5 from the Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles Series. A very fast paced, exciting novel. The Surgeon and The Sinner are still my favorites from the series, so far. I would like to see, in the upcoming novels in this series, some romance for Dr. Maura Isles. She leads a very dull, boring life. All the books in this series would make good movies.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Rizzoli is in the hospital for a routine checkup, she's heavily pregnant, when she ends up being part of a kidnapping. The Kidnapper is a woman who was brought to the morgue, but was found to be alive. When the kidnapper and her helper are killed instead of ending the situation it only adds to the confusion.Full of twists and turns and a lot of conspiracy this is quite interesting. It just somehow lacked a certain something to bring it from being a reasonable read to a good read, in my eyes anyway.
jrepman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Halliburton like intrigue with Det. Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles