The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen: My honest thoughts on the book’s plot, characters, and overall impact.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax.”—People (Page-turner of the week)

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In The Surgeon, there is a maniac who goes from one house to another, and possibly, one woman to another, giving them terrible moments during their sleep. Popularly known in newspapers as ‘The Surgeon,’ these symptoms point to the fact that this man is obsessed with surgeries.

Detective Thomas Moore and his partner, Detective Jane Rizzoli, are the leading characters who are responsible for apprehending him. They decide to consult Dr. Catherine Cordell, who, to her assailant, was killed two years ago but later turned into a murderer. This new killer is also frightening in the way that he duplicates the events of Cordell’s attack and torments her as he gets closer.

In this part of the movie, Moore and Rizzoli try to protect Cordell from a hunter-type killer who enjoys the feeling of his ability to scare his victims. So, the drama unfolds when they try to solve the crime and identify the killer before it is too late, and the killer strikes once more.

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  • Thomas Moore: A detective leading the investigation.
  • Jane Rizzoli: Moore’s determined partner on the case.
  • Catherine Cordell: A doctor and the survivor of a previous similar attack, now being targeted by “The Surgeon.”

Read Time

This is a fantastic weekend read. If you like to recharge during the holidays, you’ll find The Surgeon very refreshing.

Thus, the reader can read Surgeon within 6-8 hours, but I want to note that the book reflects the action and is full of concentration and intensity to make the reader nervous.

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About Tess Gerritsen

Probably one of the most successful Stanford alumni, Tess Gerritsen, the internationally bestselling author, began her writing career circumstantially after getting her M. D. from UCSF. She has authored 32 suspense novels, with “The Surgeon” being bought by Amazon Studios.


In my opinion, there is no other book that can match medical thrill, therefore, The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen is a book worth reading by crime fiction lovers. Add the great work of suspense, depth of characters, and the shocking twists of the plot that help to make this novel a really interesting and an exciting read from the beginning till the end.

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