Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review: The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli  & Isles, #6
Ballantine Books
August 2007
Format: Paperback, 429 pages
Source: Personal copy


The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman’s brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It’s a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to the sinister Mephisto Club, a cult of scholars who aim to prove that Satan himself exists among us. Then, with the grisly appearance of another corpse, it's clear that someone - or something - is indeed prowling the city. Soon the members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could the maniacal killer be one of their own - or have they inadvertently summoned an entity from the darkness? Delving deep into the most baffling case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil.

My thoughts: This is the 6th book in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series and each book just hooks me more into this series. I really enjoy reading psychological thrillers and find that Tess Gerritsen is really at the top of her game with these books.

In The Mephisto Club, there is non-stop action right from the first page. I was really looking forward to reading this as, having read a later book in the series last year that mentions this Mephisto Club, I needed to understand what exactly the club was. It turns out the club is a secret society comprised of a group of scholars from around the world who research the premise that Satan exists and that there have been generations of a race of evil persons inhabiting the earth known as the Watchers. It seems that they believe they should be involved in certain murder cases, especially when some of their own are turning up dead. 

Also in this book, our two main characters are dealing with problems in their personal lives that are clouding their judgements. The relationship between Maura and Father Brody heats up and Jane's parents are having marital issues. Between these story lines and the search for the murderer, you find yourself turning the pages at a rapid pace to see how it all turns out.

All the questions I had when I read the latest book are slowing being answered and I can't wait to find out the next pieces of the puzzle. I think I just might have to reread that latest book when I finally catch up, if nothing else but to see if I understand how it all came together.

Do you ever reread a book in a series, whether an earlier book or a later one, just to see if you can pick up on something or see if your own questions get answered?


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


  1. Wow!This sounds like a great book, Kristin. You're definitely more of a series reader than me (although I do tend to read more than one book by an author whose work I enjoy).

  2. This series is brilliant at doing that to you :) I am totally caught up and I love how it touches on old stuff/brings up new/twists some stuff around!

  3. I'm so impressed you manage to stick with so many series! I've been the worst at finishing series since I started blogging. Perhaps a series challenge is in order :)


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