Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

Genre: Mystery
Series: #4 in the Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 391
Challenges: Support Your Local Library #31
Source: Library

The Short Version:
When Medical Examiner Maura Isles discovers that the woman found shot in front of her home looks remarkably like her, she and detective Jane Rizzoli investigate both the murder and what connection it may have to Dr. Isles.

Why I Read It:
I didn’t discover this series until a year or so ago and I’m trying to play catch up. I can’t watch the new TV series because I’m afraid of getting the plots spoiled for books in the series I haven’t read yet.

The Book:
Dr. Maura Isles returns home from a trip to find the street in front of her house the center of an active police investigation. Oddly the detectives and other personnel she knows seem stunned at her arrival. When she finds out that the dead woman in the car looks so much like herself, the case soon feels personal.

While the detectives investigate the murder, Dr. Isles observes the autopsy and begins her own search for the any connection that she might have with this stranger who looks so much like her.

At the same time a pregnant woman is kidnapped and held prisoner in brutal and terrifying conditions.

While Dr. Isles and her friend Detective Jane Rizzoli work both together and independently to investigate the murder and history of the dead woman, they find themselves looking into past events as much as they do the present investigation.

Long held secrets are revealed and a young mother-to-be fights for her life and that of her unborn child as the stories lead to their inevitable connection and conclusion.

My Thoughts:
The first half of this one was a little slow but it laid an extensive base for the spiral to the finish that wrapped the multiple storylines together. The second half had me hating ot put the book down and looking forward to getting back to it every time I did.

I like this series because it’s a blend of medical, police procedural, mystery, thriller, and the ongoing stories of Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli. I enjoy that this series is not just the particular crime of the book but also about the ongoing development of the characters of Maura and Jane.

There were several somewhat predictable turns in the story but there were also several dead ends and plot twists that blew away some of the theories I had along the way. I like a mystery that can keep me guessing a little or change my mind along the way.

I know that there’s a new television series based on these books but I’m not watching it. I don’t want to happen on an episode based on a book in the series that I haven’t read yet. I’ll eventually catch up with the TV series on DVD if it lasts that long.

Rating 4/5