Friday, November 27, 2009

Call After Midnight by Tess Gerritsen

Product Description: A ringing phone in the middle of the night shakes newlywed Sarah Fontaine awake. Expecting her husband's call from Longdon she hears instead an unfamiliar voice. Nick O'Hara from the U.S. 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, the become quarry in the clandestine world of international espionage, risking everything for answers that may prove fatal.

Quote from the book: Then three weeks ago one of our London agents was sitting at his favorite pub and he just happened to over hear a voice he recognized.He worked with Dance some years ago so he knew that voice.

Why this book, you might ask: A while back, Jo (teachersays) recommended Tess Gerritsen to me so I've been reading more of her books. I found this book, or recording, cheap on iTunes so I had to get it.

My thoughts: Gerritsen's fans might be expecting a medical drama, however this was a romantic suspense. It involves the CIA, secret identities, and all manner of cloak and dagger doings. The main theme of the book is whether Geoffrey is actually alive or not. The reader knows from the prologue that he switched identities in Berlin and didn't actually die. Sarah feels that Geoffrey is still alive even though others keep telling her that he is not. Her search for Geoffery takes her first to London then on to other places. She doesn't realize the danger she is in. Nick O'Hara, the one who called her to tell her Geoffrey was dead, comes with her as to help. I liked Sarah and Nick, just wish there was more detail about them. Geoffery barely had a part in the book other than to be the catalyst of the action. I read somewhere that it was originally published as a Harlequin Intrigue. I enjoyed this, it was a quick, suspenseful read. So far I have liked the books I've read by Gerritsen and plan to read more.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Thorndike Press (June 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786239700
ISBN-13: 978-0786239702


Anonymous said...

I had no idea! I am going to check this one out.

Teddyree said...

I realise now where I'd seen this one, under the Harlequin banner, one of Tess's earlier romantic suspenses. Enjoyed your review but I love her medical thrillers and still have quite a few on my bookshelf to get through so might leave this one for a while.