Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Ballantine Books
July 2003
Format: Paperback, 400 pages

First line: Today I watched a man die.

From the back cover: It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city’s woes is a series of shocking crimes in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized - a sadistic demand that ends in death. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently put behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced to re-confront the killer who scarred her - literally and figuratively - she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence. But this time around, the vendetta is more vicious than she ever would have imagined.

My thoughts:  This is the 2nd in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series and it was good. I absolutely love the television show Rizzoli and Isles with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, and I love that the tv show is different than the book series. There are different dynamics between the characters, so it is easy to keep them separate.

The Apprentice is basically a sequel to the first book, The Surgeon. A new body's been found just outside of the Boston precinct. Rizzoli gets a call from Korsak, believing this has something to do with the Surgeon - even though he's behind bars. The way everything is laid out at the crime scene convinces Rizzoli that the Surgeon is somehow involved. It soon becomes apparent that a new killer has taken the Surgeon’s signature and modified it for his own use.

Things are further complicated when an FBI agent inserts himself into the investigation. Gabriel Dean isn't forthcoming with too many details as to why he's there and it seems he knows much more about the case than he's willing to share. So, now Jane must not only tackle her resurfacing demons but hold her own with her own team and this FBI agent, who at one point thinks she should be removed from the case. 

This was a page-turning read filled with suspense at almost every turn, so much so that I had a hard time putting the book down. Another aspect that I found interesting is that having read a later book in the series, I found myself questioning certain things - something I usually don't find myself doing as I like to read series in order. This is also the first book that Maura Isles makes an appearance and it is a brief one at that. I am hoping she will be more prominent in the rest of the series.

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, The Sinner. I find that I love the forensic detail that Tess Gerritsen gives us as well as the police procedures - for some reason I find these two areas very fascinating, although at times things can be a bit gory.

(I purchased this book.)

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. I loved Surgeon and hated this one myself but I do want to continue on in hopes it was a fluke. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I also don't watch the show, I don't watch much tv at all.

    1. I can't wait to continue reading this series! The tv show is great - Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander play well off each other, but their relationship on the show (bff's) is much different than what is portrayed in the books.

  2. I actually read The Surgeon for a book club, and at first I didn't like Rizzoli, but by the time I finished the second book I was a fan. I've read all but the last two in the series. Looking forward to your thoughts on the rest of the series!

    1. I have to say, her character is so different than what Angie Harmon portrays in the tv show of the series, that it takes a while to get used to her. I can't wait, though, to read the rest of the series.

  3. I love this series! She is so good about balancing the cop work and the forensic work. It is darker than the TV series but I like it more :)

    1. Yes, it is darker than the show and I do enjoy it!

  4. I have not watched the television show, but really enjoy Tess Gerritsen's books!


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