Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 2/25/2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Rating: 4 Stars
From Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, her stunning first thriller! A beautiful young woman’s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets—except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside.
When a second victim is discovered,
Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. The police are skeptical. The mayor won’t listen. One of the town’s most prominent citizens, with a missing daughter of his own, is also Kat’s chief suspect. As the death toll rises, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who is close enough to touch her.
A copy was provided by Random House Publishing Group -Ballantine and NetGalley for an honest unbiased review.
This was my first book by Tess Gerritsen, and look forward to reading more from this author! “Girl Missing” has a great front cover which draws you in with well- rounded characters, and a gripping complex plot. (Was a huge fan of “Body of Proof," starring Dana Delany). The TV star and Kate are similar as both tenacious, and do not get involved in the police politics--They are out to solve a case, no matter the obstacles. Also reminds me a little of “Castle” (which I love). Appears this is a remix of the original “Peggy Sue Got Murdered”, in 1994 as a re-release, which I had not read so not able to make any comparison. Sounds as though the author is crossing over to romance while maintaining her thriller/mystery writing. An exciting thriller with a trail of lies and deceit, romance, mystery and suspense. There was plenty of mystery to keep you guessing throughout the book, as Kat Novak, a medical examiner from Boston, encounters her first body (a Jane Doe) of the day with a matchbook and phone number clutched inside the corpse's hands. When she calls the number it belongs to a prominent citizen. As the bodies pile up Kate realizes there is a problem and she is in danger with a chain of events to follow . . . she eventually meets Adam (head of a brand new drug company with a missing daughter). They end up working together to solve a string of deaths connected to a new unknown drug and find Adam's step-daughter. Even when he finds the corpse isn’t related, he is determined to find answers as he teams up with Kate (with more than work). Will definitely plan on reading more from this author and her latest releases. I have read rave reviews the Rizzoli and Isles series, which I look forward to adding to my reading list. Girl Missing is light and entertaining and would recommend!