My review of Tess Gerritsen’s short story Freaks


A bizarre death comes with a supernatural twist. Homicide cop Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have seen their fair share of mortal crimes, but the death of Kimberly Rayner may qualify as inhuman in more ways than one. When corpse of the emaciated seventeen-year-old girl is discovered next to an empty coffin in an abandoned church, mysterious bruises around the throat suggest foul play. Caught fleeing the scene is the victim’s closest friend, Lucas Henry, an equally skeletal, pale teenager who claims he’s guilty only of having a taste for blood-a craving he shared with Kimberly. But the victim’s distraught father doesn’t believe in vampires, only vengeance. And now, another life may be at risk unless Rizzoli and Isles can uncover the astonishing truth.

I’ve never read a Rizzoli and Isles story before. I’ve only caught a couple of episodes of the TV series, but I liked them. In this short story there isn’t much character depth actually shown, but quite a bit hinted at in the way the two characters play off each other. I thought it was well done. The minor characters seemed very stereotypical. But in a short story that’s not really a bad thing as it allows the author to convey a lot of unsaid things to the reader without taking up much space on the page. This isn’t much more than a couple of short scenes strung together, but it was paced well and was interesting to read. It makes me open to actually spending some money on her other stories.