Tess Gerritsen has written an impressive variety of books in her career, ranging from romance novels to medical and police thrillers to historical suspense. Now she journeys into the dark corridors of the horror thriller with impressive -- not to mention creepy -- results.
The Keepsake begins with Boston medical examiner Maura Isles assisting with the study of a mummy known as Madame X, a recent discovery of a local museum. When the relic is subjected to CT scanning, the mummy proves not to be so ancient after all. The woman died only recently, an apparent victim of homicide, yet the preservation techniques are historically accurate.
That crackling beginning sets Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli down a path that leads them to a serial killer with knowledge of archeology and a bizarre attachment to his victims. With a gripping plot and just the right amount of fascinating scientific details, The Keepsake is one of the author's best achievements.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, September 21, 2008