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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1998 ISBN: 9780743568555
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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 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gerritsen administers a heavy dose of suspense in this intricate thriller…a tale sure to fascinate…A Crichton-like medical thriller set on Stephen King’s home turf.” 

    People

  • “Gerritsen…knows how to fashion credible, dimensional characters…Her descriptions of horror and terror…are riveting.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “One of the pleasure of this book is that Gerritsen takes issues that have settled in the popular consciousness—unstoppable microbes, violent teenagers—and makes a scary story out of them.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Weirdly terrific stuff with a steel grip. Doc Gerritsen’s mastery of the stupefying stupidity inherent in adolescent resistance to almost everything may well give the reader gray hairs.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Girouard | 2/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed this fast-paced medical mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ting | 2/10/2014

    " Definitely not one of her best books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 2/8/2014

    " It was the first Gerritsen I've read outside the Rizzoli&Isles series and I must say I like the series more. I've read better thrillers but it was ok, it was entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Hawn Smith | 1/15/2014

    " This is another favorite of mine by this author. The characters are well drawn and there is a tremendous sense of urgency that keeps you turning the pages and promising yourself you will only read one more page. I'll probably re read this one again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucie Bluebird | 1/4/2014

    " I loved this book. It was my second Gerritsen that didn't involve Rizzoli, and I really enjoyed the story and the writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashly | 12/22/2013

    " Amazing book! It kept me interested all the way through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 12/9/2013

    " Een losstaand boek van de Maura/Isle serie, maar zeker niet minder leuk. Ik vond het wel iets minder spannend dan haar andere boeken, maar zeker het lezen waard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Him Danno | 11/14/2013

    " Love this author and I find her series and her stand alone novels very good. Fast moving and exciting. Death, mystery, romance and thrilling all wrapped into one story. I would suggest this author to anyone who enjoys reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marit | 10/8/2013

    " Didn't expect to like it, never read these kind of books. But I couldn't put it down, and was even a bit afraid to go to sleep :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Lindahl | 10/8/2013

    " This is a well written, exciting book, but at times seems a bit cliche. The plot is predictable and sometimes relies on coincidence. Yet I liked the relationship between the main characters. It had flaws that made it seem real. The book is well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefanie | 3/24/2013

    " The book gripped me at first because there was no knowing what was goin to happen. Then as the book came to an end i was really dissapointed. Not the best of books that iv read. Not tess's best work at all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/20/2013

    " My first book read on my new kindle! A good read while on holiday, though kept expecting Rizzoli & Isles to pop up (they didn't!!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dustin Crazy little brown owl | 12/14/2012

    " I think this is my least favorite of books by Tess Gerritsen :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 9/1/2012

    " Why are the children of Tranquility suddenly going beserk, fighting and even killing? Dr. Claire Elliott suspects a connection between the local lake and the violent behavior. But can she proved it before her own son becomes the next victim? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 8/9/2012

    " I wanted to like this, but I thought it was dull and emotionally overblown. The biological mystery was somewhat interesting, but not enough to carry the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/6/2012

    " Another love! This was an awesome book. I found it much less gory than the other book, Gravity, also by Gerritsen. It was much enjoyable and kept me not wanting to stop. I'm sure to read some of her other novels, as her style is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 4/25/2012

    " A bit different than the other Tess Gerritsen books thus far. Rather than a 'who-done-it', she's written an engaging story of a medical mystery plaguing the teenagers of a small town in Maine. Again, couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/3/2012

    " Intriguing mystery but lost me toward the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed | 3/2/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this one....... Definitely up to Tess' s standard. A few times I had to steel myself to read a certain part, but that's what i expect and enjoy in her stories. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 4/30/2011

    " Since I finished this, it is still in my head. Rarely does a book grab me so much that I'm still mulling it over a week later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/30/2011

    " Alien wannabe but not nearly as good and no Siguorney Weaver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 4/25/2011

    " I am not real sure about this book and I give it 3 1/2 stars. The beginning is very slow and even though it picks up in the middle the end just fizzles out. I am a big Tess Gerritsen fan and even though I approve of authors stepping out of their comfort zones I am just not sure about this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 2/28/2011

    " audio -- Microbiology/ germs/ NASA/ murder -- way over the top "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NickySatia | 2/10/2011

    " A well written, engaging book. A real thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Unlike her other books, but just as much fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alo | 1/13/2011

    " It's been a while since I have read this one, so the story is a little fuzzy in my memory, but I clearly remember being very impressed. There are too many good books on my to-read list to re-read now, but I would have recommended it several years ago, so I am sure it still deserves that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 1/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The scary thing is - it is very plausable and could sometime be true! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/6/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/30/2010

    " Not bad, but not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " michael crichton lite - fun pleasaing novel to read in a hotel bar when travelling for work - well that's what i did anyway i think i was drunk come the end but i know i enjoyed the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 11/24/2010

    " I read this and went looking for more of Tess Gerritsen's books. Nicely done, suspenseful. Might be a bit improbable, but then many of the best books are. Thanks! "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Jan Maxwell is an American stage and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in the musical City of Angels and has been nominated for two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. She won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her Broadway credits include Sixteen Wounded, Match, and The Dinner Party. She is the sister of Obie Award–winning playwright Richard Maxwell.