#LipglossmaffiaBookclub: Bloodstream || Tess Gerritsen…
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For my seventh pick, I chose…
*A Book With A Female Heroine
Title: Bloodstream || Tess Gerritsen
My Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspence
Release Date: 1998
Summary: Lapped by the gentle waters of the Locust Lake, the resort town of Tranquillity, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father’s death. But with the first snap of winter comes the shocking news that puts her practice on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of lethal outbursts among the towns’s teenagers. As the rash of disturbing behaviour grows, Claire uncovers a horrifying secret: this is not the first time it has happened. Twice a century, the children of Tranquility lash out with deadly violence. Claire suspects there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that placid Locust Lake may conceal an insidious danger. As she races to save Tranquility- and her son- from harm, Claire discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature and turn innocents to slaughter.
Catchy summary, yeah? Lol
I thought so too but damn, it delivered. It delivered hard! This book has been in my house for ages! I don’t know why I read it *internally flogging myself* Dr. Clare Elliot moves herself and her son to a small Maine town in order to find a better place to raise him. Boy, is she surprised when all the teenagers, including her son, become violent, start fights, and kill others for little to no reason. Underlying this current spate of violence is a history in this town of massacres that have happened before. As the story unwinds Dr. Elliot in her pursuit of the cause of all this violence finds a scientific acquaintance who has discovered a new variety of earthworm whose bioluminescence causes people to behave violently. Later in the story, we discover that this “acquaintance” is a backstabbing son of a gun!
Reporter Damaris Horne begins the vicious cycle of Satanic and devil worship rumours, blaming the anger and bitterness on them. Claire and Police Chief Lincoln start to work together more and more frequently, and so get to know each other. They seem to keep each other somewhat at bay, but something is boiling up beneath the surface. The town refuses to accept Claire, but things get worse when she is positive that the root of the teenagers and their problems is an issue with the lake, something out there is reacting badly with the kids. The town is outraged, and Claire suffers from severe vandalism.
This was a pretty entertaining read with some decent characters and an interesting premise. I liked how Claire moved to a town and her fresh start got completely marred by everything and everyone around her. Noah was also enigmatic to a certain extent, though he is just your average hormonal teenager. Lincoln proved to be the one character that had a little more emotional backing than the others. I wish she had given the rest of the characters some more depth. I felt pity for Warren Emerson, a man who had killed his family due to this horrific plague fifty years before, he had an incredibly sad and lonely life. Gerritsen kept me guessing for a while there as to why the kids were not alright, but I had a suspicion it was going to be explained away medically. She is a doctor, after all, and writes medical thrillers more often than not. It was an enjoyable read for me, though I felt at about the three quarter way point the story just got a bit much and lost the momentum it had garnered. Worth looking into though if you enjoy reading Tess Gerritsen’s work
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