Bloodstream

Tess Gerritsen

Book - 1998

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Genres
Medical fiction
Published
New York : Pocket Books c1998.
Language
English
Physical Description
324 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
067101675X
Main Author
Tess Gerritsen (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dr. Claire Elliot, newly come to Tranquility, Maine, and its hospital, stumbles into an epidemic of teen violence. Her son becomes involved, along with other young and, eventually, older citizens of the suspicious town. With the aid of police chief Lincoln Kelly, Elliot searches for a cause. Blue mushrooms in a teen-favored corner of the woods turn out to be a red herring. The green phosphorescence that occasionally appears on Lake Locust, in which many teens regularly swim, is, however, another matter. Despite misgivings, the high-school principal, who has long yearned for Chief Kelly, gives the go-ahead for the big dance. At it, violence threatens, of course, and Kelly almost talks a teenager into giving up a revolver. Just at the wrong moment, the number-two town cop and his crew burst onto the dance floor. Then Elliot and Kelly discover that earlier outbreaks of violence took place, like these, after a flood and a hot, dry summer. A drug company worker masquerading as a reporter, a sharp pathologist, and a cave of worms help bring Gerritsen's third fascinating, well-crafted, fast-paced medical thriller (the others were the best-selling Harvest [1996] and Life Support ) to a credible, creditable ending. ((Reviewed July 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

More medical suspense from the author of the best sellers Harvest and Life Support, this time featuring a doctor set upon by furious townfolk when violence erupts after she removes a hyperactive teenage boy from medication. A Doubleday Book Club, Literary Guild, and Mystery Guild selection. Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Gerritsen (Harvest, LJ 6/1/96) has hit another home run for the summer reading team. In her latest novel, widowed Dr. Claire Elliot takes her son Noah away from bad companions and potential trouble in Baltimore. She buys a practice in the summer resort of Tranquillity, ME, aiming for a new start. Unfortunately, mother and son land in a town straight out of a Stephen King novel. Every 50 years or so when the rains are heavy and summers hot, the community's teenage boys, come autumn, boil over with uncontrollable rage. Desperately hoping all the violent occurrences have medical causes, Elliot comes up with a variety of theories, all of which involve placing a quarantine on Locust Lake, the town's main source of income. The real cause of the terror is even more ominous and frightening than Elliot ever imagines. Buy multiple copies for the pool, beach, and picnic crowd. They won't be able to put this one down. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/98.] Dawn L. Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., TX Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Gerritsen leaves the urban hospital setting of her first two successful thrillers (Harvest; Life Support) and steps into Stephen King territory the troubled Maine town of Tranquility with mixed results. The former doctor's ability to create credible characters and make medical details accessible and exciting provide the book's strongest moments, as Dr. Claire Elliot recent widow from Baltimore tries to make a go of her new life in Tranquility, where she has moved to get her son Noah, 14, away from dangerous influences. Irony of ironies: the country turns out to hold more savage dangers for the teen than the city ever did. Claire's struggles with the boy, her failure so far to win a place for herself in the hearts of prospective patients and a possible romance with the town's police chief are straightforward and moving. Harder to swallow is the book's premise that savage outbreaks of violence among Tranquility's teenagers occur every 50-odd years, caused by natural or even supernatural factors. It's Claire who makes the connection between recent murders and older attacks, and of course there's the old "enemy of the people" subplot about not scaring off the tourist trade. The fact that Tranquility's teenage problem has a scientific solution lets Dr. Elliot have a final moment of triumph, but you can't help feeling that King would have made the story more powerful and more fun. Major ad/promo; author tour; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild super release; Mystery Guild main selection; simultaneous Simon & Schuster audio. (Aug.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

YA-Tranquility, ME, sounds like the perfect place for Dr. Claire Elliot to relocate with her teenage son and help him deal with his father's death. However, as she begins her practice, so begins an epidemic of teen violence. The shooting of the school biology teacher and the violent ending to the big dance have Claire and the town police chief, Lincoln Kelly, searching hard for clues and answers. Are the blue mushrooms growing in the forest where local teens hang out the cause? Or is the mysterious green phosphorescence that appears on the lake where many of the young people swim the culprit? Claire's son suddenly and mysteriously becomes as wild and uncontrollable as his friends. This is a gory medical thriller that will keep YAs totally engaged.-Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A small-town doctor and widowed mother confronts a shocking conspiracy behind an epidemic for which she herself is forced to take the blame

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The author of the chilling best-seller Life Support pits a small-town doctor and widowed mother against a shocking conspiracy behind an epidemic for which she herself is forced to take the blame.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Lapped by the 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. And she's hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the first snap of winter, and the news of a shocking incident: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence.Claire had stopped prescribing a controversial drug to the troubled boy, a decision that some in the town now second-guess. But before she can defend herself a rash of new violence erupts in Tranquility. And when one of her patients dies, the town's panic turns to fury.Shaken by the accusations, and fearful that Noah is now at risk, Claire desperately searches for a medical cause behind the murderous epidemic. But while Claire races to save the town - and her son - from harm, she discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

With her acclaimed novels Harvest and Life Support, New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has injected a new dose of adrenaline into the medical thriller. Of Harvest, Michael Palmer declared: "Only a riveting storyteller who is also a physician could have written this book." Now, Gerritsen again weaves frighteningly realistic medical detail into heart-stopping suspense, as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent epidemic -- before it destroys everything she loves. 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. She's also hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the news of a shocking incident: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. Claire has stopped prescribing a controversial drug to the troubled boy, a decision that some in town now second-guess. But before she can defend herself, a rash of new teenage violence erupts in Tranquility, forcing Claire to perform increasingly risky emergency procedures. And when one of her patients dies, the town's panic turns to fury. Shaken by accusations, and fearful that Noah is now at risk, Claire desperately searches for a medical cause behind the murderous epidemic. She begins to suspect that the placid waters of Locust lake conceal a disturbing history -- and an insidiously lethal danger. But while Claire races to save the town -- and her son -- from harm, she discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter. Woven with the kind of action and detail only a doctor could deliver, and propelled by an expert sense of small-town terror, Bloodstream is Tess Gerritsen's most unforgettable thriller yet.