Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen



This is another series I’m reading with a group on Goodreads. We’re a bit further along but I’m posting the earlier reviews. This book series was developed into the television series Rizzoli & Isles that aired on TNT starring Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander. The books are much grittier than the television show, however.


Late one evening, Maura Isles is closing up the morgue and hears a noise in the cold room, the locker area where the bodies are stored. She locates the unit that’s the source of the noise and the eyes of the woman suddenly open, obviously not a corpse. Maura gets her admitted into the hospital’s emergency department but soon word gets out about the woman’s circumstances. Meanwhile, Jane Rizzoli has finally gone into labor and is admitted in the hospital. When she’s sent to the imaging area for a sonogram, bedlam breaks out in the hospital and a patient ends up holding her and those in the department hostage.

However, the book begins with the abduction of a group of women who are then forced into the sex trade, an obvious human trafficking network. It was heartbreaking and horrible as we are told the story through Mila, a very young Russian girl who doesn’t hold back as she chronicles her journey. I knew her situation would ultimately converge with Maura’s and Jane’s so I immediately began exploring the connections. It wasn’t easy or clear cut but eventually I pieced it all together but still didn’t know who could be trusted and what happened to Mila. The highly climactic ending held a couple of surprises to make this a highly intriguing story.

We have yet another narrator but one who I thought was great and not just because she is the first to pronounce Jane’s last name correctly (it was a serious annoyance for me with the other books). Her accents (Boston, Russian) seemed perfect and she made appropriate distinctions for other characters. I liked both the story and the performance and am still enjoying this series and how it’s progressing.

Book Info

  • Release Date: 11 hours, 11 minutes
  • Series: Rizzoli & Isles #5
  • Narrator: Susan Denaker
  • Audio Length: August 23, 2005



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31 thoughts on “Vanish by Tess Gerritsen”

  1. I had every intention of reading the series but it’s so different to the TV series. I watched them all more than once so I think the characters portrayals were too firmly in my mind.

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  2. I’ve enjoyed a couple of books from this series and found a couple more to be, well, just okay. Gerritsen seems to do best when she’s covering topics she’s passionate about. But this one sounds interesting.

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  3. Probably the best way to stay on track with a series is to read it with others! This is one I like but I probably will never finish!🙃

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  4. I’m so glad you are enjoying the series! I loved this one. It’s creepy during the morgue scene! I would flip out, lol. I plan on rereading this series again one day because I enjoy it so much. Excellent review, Jonetta! ♥

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      1. You’re welcome! Thanks for the suggestion! I think I have one on audio but own the rest as hardback. I’ll have to look into the audio for summertime traveling. 😉


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