Choosing Wrong Can Cost You Dearly – A Review of “Choose Me” by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver

“Choose Me” is heart-pounding thriller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Taryn Moore is every teacher’s dream; an A student who not only applies herself and she’s an active and thoughtful classroom participant who strives for excellence. As a bonus, she’s extremely intelligent and beautiful. Her English lit professor Jack Darien is so impressed by her critical writing theories in his ‘Star-Crossed Lovers’ seminar, he encourages her to apply for grad school and writes a glowing recommendation for her application.

Deadly Choices?

When they attend an out of town seminar together what begins as an innocent sharing of a glass of wine quickly turns carnal, after which Jack is consumed with regret. Regret for betraying his wife of 12 years, regret for jeopardizing his professional reputation, his career and yes, his livelihood. But his biggest regret is still to come when he realizes that the lovely, brilliant and talented Taryn is a manipulative sociopath, frequently twisting the truth to agree with her own self-interests. She stalks him as surely as she did her previous boyfriend.

The storyline opens on a rainy night when a cab driver discovers Taryn’s lifeless body on the sidewalk, an obvious suicidal plunge from her fifth floor apartment balcony. But Detective Frankie Loomis isn’t buying that conclusion. There are just too many unanswered questions and she’s determined to follow the evidence regardless of where it leads, as long as it leads to the truth.

The narrative works backwards from the discovery of Taryn’s body and is delivered in alternating chapters by Taryn, Jack and Frankie, a technique I find interesting; seeing the story from three different perspectives. The character development is what makes this novel shine in a sometimes lackluster array of thrillers. I must be slow on the uptake though because I was misled more than once about who did the dirty deed but I never thought of Taryn as a victim of anything other than her own doing.

All in all, I’m glad I selected “Choose Me” as one of my Kindle First Reads for June. It’s scheduled for publication July 1, 2021 so if you haven’t already pre-ordered this gem, I heartily recommend it. Five stars.

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2 thoughts on “Choosing Wrong Can Cost You Dearly – A Review of “Choose Me” by Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver

  1. I really enjoy reading all your books. I am going to get the book as soon as I can. Keep up the great work.

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  2. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment and your encouragement. It’s easy to appreciate a well-written book even though you don’t necessarily like or approve of the characters, although some readers can’t make that distinction. Hope you enjoy “Choose Me” as much as I did.

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