My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2.5 days
Publisher - Transworld Books
Pages - 334
Blurb from Goodreads
The first body is a mystery. She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Kat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a notebook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside.
The next body is a warning. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the city streets: a shadowy madman without mercy or apparent motive. The police are sceptical. The mayor won't listen. And Kat's chief suspect is one of the city's most prominent citizens.
The final body . . . might be hers. With the death toll rising, Kat races to expose a deadly conspiracy and the brutal killer at its heart - a killer who will stalk her from the dangerous streets of the inner city to the corridors of power. Because he's closer than she ever dreamt. And every move she makes could be her very last.
The book starts out well, our main character is Kat Novak, medical examiner who takes it upon herself to investigate when the local authorities don't seem too bothered about some drugs users who turn up dead. All have the unusual mix of drugs that are new on the street and after two bodies, Kat knows something needs to be done. Adam Quantrell comes to the morgue to identify a body, which it turns out isn't who he thought however Adam is tangled up in this somehow. He owns a pharmaceutical company and seems to be linked to one of the victims. Kat doesn't trust him however he may be the only person who can help her. Together they try to uncover the truth and end up fighting not only for the truth but for their lives.
Kat starts out as a strong character, from the streets when the addicts seem to be linked she is no shrinking violet. However, as the tale goes on she becomes, I felt, a different character and very girly, caught up in her emotions and feelings. Adam is quite a character, missing stepdaughter and reluctant to give information oh and he is wealthy, he seems a bit contradictory at times. They are trying to get to the bottom of the deaths, find Adams stepdaughter and deal with the growing attraction they feel toward each other.
Ugh this simply didn't work for me. Maybe because I am a fan of Gerritsen's newer work like the surgeon where she really has honed her writing skills. This was quite a let down, the story itself isn't too bad it is just parts of it are a bit ridiculous and you need to suspend belief which I don't mind, I love some books like that. However I think you can't have so much going in within one book and so far fetched. If you are just starting with Gerritsen then this may be a good starting point, if you are used to the Rizzoli & Isles series I am afraid this will be a let down for you. Wasn't impressed so it is a 2/5 for me this time. I do enjoy this author though and will read her again although I think I will stick to her later offerings rather than the first cross over ones where she went from romance to romance/crime together. A lot of people did enjoy this though so I definitely wouldn't discount it.