Monday, December 15, 2008

[Book Review] THE KEEPSAKE by Tess Gerritsen


Beth reviews THE KEEPSAKE by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, 2008).

By now readers of this blog know that I love to read books full of suspense and horror. Well I’ve found another author, Tess Gerritsen, and she has this genre down pat. Her latest, The Keepsake, opens with the scanning of a newly discovered Egyptian mummy, Madame X. Unfortunately Madame X turns out to be a replica—the body of a recently murdered young woman that had been preserved as a keepsake. As the detectives begin their search, they uncover many clues. After several more victims are found, including tsantsa (shrunken heads) and a very well-preserved bog body, the police start to question the type of serial killer they are searching for. Dr. Josephine Pulcillo, an archaeologist specializing in Egyptology, is at the center of the case. But how does all the evidence tie together? And what is she hiding? Can the detectives keep the serial killer from adding another keepsake?

This novel pulled me in from the start and kept me guessing until the last pages. The twists and turns make this a classic. I can’t wait for Gerritsen's next book! But thankfully she has several previous works for me to enjoy until then!

Beth, Highland Branch Library

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