1994/ ISBN 9780553820294
Romantic Suspense/Med. Exam-Kat Novak-Fic City-Contemporary
by L J Roberts
First Sentence: An hour before her shift started, an hour before
she was even supposed to be there, they rolled the first corpse
through the door.
Medical examiner starts her day with the body of a Jane Doe. The
only clue to her identification is a matchbook containing a phone
number and a wealthy man looking for a missing female, but not this
one. Kat can’t identify what killed the woman and is even
more suspicious when a second body turns up from the same part of
town with the same blood-test results. Kat suspects a new drug on
the street with its origin being the wealthy man’s pharmaceutical
company. The more questions Kat asks, the more dangerous things
become for her.
It was interesting to see the transition of Ms. Gerritsen from
romantic / suspense writer to thriller/mystery writer. This was
a fun segue of those two subgenres.
The hallmarks of Ms. Gerritsen’s style were apparent; smart
female protagonist, scientific information based on fact, very good
suspense and a surprising ending. What were a bit disconcerting
were the location of a fictional city after being so accustomed
to her books being set in Boston, love scenes, the hero coming to
the rescue at one point, and the woman from a tough background with
the privileged man.
Certainly, “Girl Missing” was a quick read and never
boring; there was never an inclination to put it down and it was
a straight-through read because of its compelling plot. It’s
enjoyable and perfect for an airplane read.