Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen
Genre: Mystery Thriller/Adult/Crime
Publication Date: August 1, 1999
Lapped by he gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, 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 shocking news that puts her practise 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 a chain of lethal outbursts among the town’s teenagers.
As the rash of disturbing behavior 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 that there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that the 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.
Honestly, when I saw the blurb of this,I wasn’t feeling it. Tess Gerritsen is known for her way of spooking you with medical words and when I read the summary, the first thing that came into my mind is :
U R B A N L E G E N D
I love urban legends but I was thinking that maybe T.G wouldn’t do well with that genre so I was a little bit wary. But really, I shouldn’t have doubted Tess Gerritsen because holy smoking mackerel, she did an amazing job combining some urban legend and science.
Bloodstream takes us into Tranquility, Maine where twice a century, teenagers went all Genghis Khan to everyone. Murder rates go high and violence is everywhere. No one knows how it starts and no one knows when it will strike again.
What I love about Bloodstream is that Gerritsen captured the nature of small town mentality. You don’t know who or what is the reason behind this shit because the people don’t talk about it. That makes the whodunnit/whatdunnit factor more delicious.
Gerritsen also didn’t fail to make me delirious of her perfect medical words. She gaves you the right amount of science fact without causing boredom and information overload. What’s really more amazing is that she can scare you by her science facts.
If you want a clean, I-wanna-be-spooked crime book, give this book a try. It’s deliciously creepy.