When I met Tess Gerritsen at the RWNZ conference last month, I fell in love with her author persona on the spot. When she speaks, she fills the room with tranquil energy (that's not an oxymoron), humour and a desire to read her books.
Tess is an internationally bestselling author of medical thrillers and the creator of two popular characters: cop Jane Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Maura Isles. Now, before I met Tess, I had never read a medical thriller, nor had I any desire to do so. Even knowing I'd be meeting her at the conference did not entice me to page through her books, put off by a blurb that described a Ripper copycat.
Post conference, I burrowed into the book she signed for me, THE KILLING PLACE, and I have since ordered everything she's written. While parts of her stories definitely have the eeeeew factor (see footnote), her writing style is both compassionate and entertaining, her plot lines intelligent and her characters captivating.
It's always a thrill to discover a new author. If you haven't read Tess Gerritsen yet, give her a try.
(Footnote: Not as eeeew as Lee Child, whose books I also adore.)