Call After Midnight

Book Title: Call After Midnight

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Publisher: MIRA

Publication Date: December 31st 2005

Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 250

Format Received: Paperback


A ringing phone in the middle of the night shakes newlywed Sarah Fontaine awake. Expecting her husband’s call from London she hears instead an unfamiliar voice. Nick O’Hara from the US State Department is calling with devastating news: Geoffrey Fontaine, Sarah’s husband of two months, died in a hotel fire … in Berlin.

Convinced her husband is still alive, Sarah forces a confrontation with Nick that finds them crisscrossing Europe on a desperate search for Geoffrey. Trying to stay one heartbeat ahead of a dangerous killer, they become quarry in the clandestine world of international espionage, risking everything for answers that may prove fatal.

My Review: I’ve always been a fan of Tess Gerritsen, but I have to admit it only stretched as far as Rizzoli and Isles; both books as well as their TV adaptations. I have never ventured into reading any of her standalone novels … now after reading Call After Midnight, I’m sitting wondering why?! What a smart, compelling thrill ride with a little touch of Mills & Boons in there (which I normally detest but as there was so little compared to the amount of crime and espionage, I disregarded it).

Imagine this … you find yourself after two months of marriage receiving a ‘Call After Midnight’ informing you that your husband is dead, what do you do? And what else would you do if your so called new husband’s life happened to be nothing like you thought; it was all a lie?? That’s exactly what happens to Sarah Fontaine, the leading character in this fast paced, quick page turner of a novel that Tess Gerritsen has written and has had me too intrigued to put down for a single moment. At just 250 pages I’ve devoured it in one sitting.

Full of espionage, crime and exhilarating twist and turns, I highly recommend this standalone novel by one of crime fiction’s great authors.

About the Author: Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine. For more information about Tess Gerritsen, visit her website.


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