Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
Ballantine Books
August 2012
Format: Hardcover; 352 pages

First line: We called him Icarus.

From the inside coverFor the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at fourteen, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is instead just one horrifying part of a relentless killer’s merciless mission.

Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn the secrets and skills of survival in a dangerous world. But even behind locked gates, and surrounded by acres of sheltering Maine wilderness, Jane fears that Evensong’s mysterious benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. When strange blood-splattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, Jane knows that her instincts are dead on. And when she meets Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, students whose tragic pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind.

Joining forces with her trusted partner, medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane is determined to keep these orphans safe from harm. But an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate—unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer’s twisted quest.

My thoughts: This is the 10th and latest book in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series and I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review this book. I love the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander and that is actually what got me started on reading this series. Now, I usually like to read books in a series in order and while I've only read the first in this series, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this one.

Last to Die is a chilling tale of three orphans who can't seem to stay away from harms way and Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles team up to save them. The three orphans - Claire, Teddy and Will - are placed at the Evensong Boarding School in Maine, which is run by the mysterious Mephisto Society. This is a school where the students all happen to be victims of some violent crime and are taught survival skills.

This was a fast-paced book, with quite a few twists and turns. When all of the lies, deceits and truths come out, it's quite the surprise to find out who was behind the murders of the three families and all the danger they put the three teens in. I love delving into the world of forensic medicine and police work - and I am definitely excited to read the earlier books in the series that I missed.

That being said, I just wanted to share this. One of the reasons why I love reading series in order is that you get the complete character development over the course of the series. Does that detract from the enjoyment of this book in particular - no. However, had I read the earlier books, I would have a better understanding of the relationships between some characters, plus, events are mentioned repeatedly that probably happened in earlier books - another reason why I will definitely be reading the earlier books!

Have you read any of the books in this series? Do you watch the TV show Rizzoli and Isles?

I received a complimentary copy of Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen from Mary at Elevate Communications. 

Books in this series:
  1. The Surgeon                                7.  The Keepsake            
  2. The Apprentice                          8.  Ice Cold
  3. The Sinner                                    9.  The Silent Girl
  4. Body Double                                9.5  Freaks
  5. Vanish                                            9.7  John Doe
  6. The Mephisto Club                    10.  Last to Die
 
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6 comments

  1. I have read the whole series and you are right while you can read them out of order you will miss some of the character development (relationship wise and other stuff)! I loved the Jackals and this book :)

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    1. I think this will be the series that I hope to finish next year - hopefully there will be a finish the series challenge again!

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  2. I have only read 1 and 2, I love The Surgeon and thought The Apprentice was crap, sigh. It is keeping me from reading on but I do want to.

    I haven't watched the series.

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  3. I have listened to the audio version of all of the books in this series -except for this one which I have but haven't had a chance to listen to. Yes, this is a series where events from previous books do matter and where the relationships between all of the characters is ongoing and ever changing (case in point Maura and a certain religious person). I do love this series and can't wait to listen to this one.

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  4. I haven't seen the TV series but would love to read the series. I like reading series in order as well but it ends up that I won't read them back to back and lose some of the plot/character development by the time i get to #2. Still this looks like a series I would enjoy, thanks for the chance to win it!

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  5. I haven't seen the TV series but would love to read the series. I like reading series in order as well but it ends up that I won't read them back to back and lose some of the plot/character development by the time i get to #2. Still this looks like a series I would enjoy, thanks for the chance to win it!

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