Book Review: Rizzoli and Isles ~ Last to Die


Rizzoli and Isles:

By Tess Gerritsen

I have written before about novels by Tess Gerritsen. I am pretty sure I mentioned that I have read several of her books, among which are my favorites Harvest, The Surgeon, and now I can add another title to my favorites list. This one is LAST TO DIE. In the last few weeks I finally dived into a book given to me by one the doctors at work. It was a volume with two of her earlier novels Under the Knife and Call Me After Midnight.

These novels were written when she was a mystery romance writer. The story lines were decent, but both were of the same formula. Someone is in danger and has to rely on someone they hate and don’t trust. The events turn such that they end up staying together and having animal sex out of need. The I hate you, I need your body, I love you thing. These books were disappointing to me. Had she left that stuff out I would have enjoyed them more. Thankfully, in LAST TO DIE she left that junk out.

Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli is called to a gruesome murder scene in the wealthy Beacon Hill area of the city. The family is found shot to death, but one child gets away. Teddy Clock makes it to the neighbor’s and hides out in the conservatory. Jane meets him and talks to him. The odd thing is that this is not the first time he has had to survive a murder ordeal. Someone is on the hunt for him. With friend and ME Maura Isles, Jane is convinced the only safe place for Teddy is at an exclusive hidden school for children who like him have suffered violence in their lives. The school is named Evensong. As he settles in, it is discovered that  two other children share the same sad life stories. Both children not only experienced the murders of their families, but also their foster families and have arrived here at Evensong in recent months.

Macabre things start to happen and all are in danger. Can Rizzoli and Isles figure out what is going on in time to save the three children? This plot had a twist that I never saw coming. Wow! I would give this book 5 of 5 stars. I had a hard time putting the book down.

Happy Reading!

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