Thursday, December 27, 2012

Body Double (a.k.a.: Doble Cuerpo) by Tess Gerritsen

Book Summary (From the book)

In the brilliant new novel of suspense by the New York Times bestselling author, Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles must face a savage serial killer and shattering personal revelations. As a pathologist in a major metropolitan city she has seen more than her share of corpses every day, but never before has the lifeless body on the medical examiner's table been her own. When a DNA test confirms that the mysterious doppelganger is her twin sister, an already bizarre murder investigation becomes a disturbing and dangerous excursion into a past full of dark secrets.

My review

My aunt gave me this book a couple of months ago, and it was just sitting in my bookshelf. Alas, I felt like reading in Spanish since it's been a while. I don't know how to explain this, but when you live 24/7 in 2 languages that are not your mother tongue, some of the most basic words start to slip away. 

Do you know the TV series "Bones"? I love it, but I haven't got to the books yet. Why do I bring this out you wonder, well for the whole first chapters of the book I kept feeling this book was a lot like Bones. it turns out, this book is the forth book in a series AND has a TV adaptation. Luckily for me, the books stands pretty well on his own. There are a couple of references to past situations, but the book centers on an specific case, which was nice.

Although the mystery was not as gruesome as I'm "getting used to" with the Swedish noir novellas I've been reading lately, it keeps you interested.  It was indeed a page turner and I'm happy to say that it was not easy to foresee the  resolution. I hate when I'm watching a show and in the middle of the episode I know what happened and there is no thrill to the action anymore.

I think I could like the characters as much as I like the ones in Bones. I've been told the book characters are very different from the one that Kathy Reichs wrote, but I still want to red some of the books. However, I did not feel like checking out the series based in Gerristsen work. 

This was a nice read, fast paced and full of mystery. I do not feel I have the right to critic the character building, because usually in series the characters are built through the whole thing, not just one book, and let's remember is the fourth book. I do wish we would've had a bit more of background for the bad guy(s) that appear in this installment.

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