My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Tess Gerritsen worked as a medical doctor: and you can certainly tell. A killing place really keeps you on edge, and without being particularly crude, it manages to come up with situations where even medical science could not help.
This is the eighth in the Rizzoli and Isles series, which was published in the US under the title “Ice Cold”. Forensic anthropologist Maura Isles is at a conference where she meets a former University acquaintance and joins him and some of his friends for a post-conference tour in snowy Wyoming. Soon they find themselves in a village where all houses seem to have been suddenly abandoned, and with a casualty on the verge of losing a limb even the knowledge of two doctors is not very useful without any equipment. It is impossible to call for help and Maura tries to entangle the many suspicious circumstances that surround the situation.
Her partner Jane Rizzoli, who incidentally (unlike Maura) seems to be one of very few fictional detectives with a normal family life, is very much in the background in this novel but shows how close and loyal the two characters really are to each other.
I loved this book: it is fast-paced, has the right amount of twists in the plot and characters I like and empathise with. What I really liked about the book was how real, how likely it felt for me and how much strange and apparently inexplicable situations had a perfectly rational and reasonable (after you’re told) explanation. The end was of course not what I was led to believe but in general I’m not terribly good at guessing endings…
I see this has been called a non-typical book by Tess Gerritsen by some reviewers, but I think the style of writing which is one of the main qualities I liked about it will be the same in other books. I do look forward to reading not only the others in the Rizzoli and Isles series, but the stand-alones and even the romantic suspense (I have an open mind!).