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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book randomly while I was waiting for another book to be shipped to me from Amazon. I didn't know that this was part of the Isles/Rizzoli series, I just thought the descriptions of it sounded good and thought I'd pick it up. The whole time I was reading this book I kept going back and forth trying to guess the outcome of the plot and whenever I thought I was pretty sure it would be one thing, I'd come across something that would lead me to flip flop on that assumption. The whole book is engrossing and every chance I got I wanted to read to find out if my guesses were right.

Also, another huge plus of this book is that the protagonists/main characters are real people with real problems. Unlike a lot of other mystery/thriller books, the main characters here have both triumphs in whatever they're trying to figure out/accomplish, as well as major life problems that have potentially enormouos conseqences.

I recommend this book full-heartedly and will certainly pick up on the rest of Gerristen's novels.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2007
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book really pulled me in and I found it hard to put down. I contemplated many times who the 'bad guy' was going to be. I was so looking forward to the finale to find out which of the characters was doing all the dirty deeds!

But then - arrrrgh - not another book that has such a wonderful overall plot and then fizzles out at the end!! Noooo -- this book had so much promise. How could Tess Gerritsen write such an intricate and complicated novel and then finish it up with such a lackluster ending?

I was so disappointed to finish reading and find that Tess seemed to suddenly realize that it was time to turn in her manuscript to the publisher, so she wound up things very quickly with no real explanation at all. I seriously think that readers who stuck with this book for so many pages and chapters deserve a good conclusion that fills the readers in and gives them a satisfying finish to the story. It was so interesting up until it abruptly ended - psssttt......
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having followed Jane Rizzoli from the beginning of the series, has been
a bit like watching a cherished child mature into an even more beloved adult, as she finds confidence, learns to be a bit less abrasive,
falls in love with the right guy, and has a baby. Her professional relationship and blossoming personal ties with Maura Isles have also been a delight to witness. Maura herself becomes more intriguing with each new book, and the fact that she has a mother who is the female
equivalent of Hannibal Lecter before Thomas Harris lost control of him,
is just the icing on the cake. "The Mephisto Club"
is one of the most deliciously creepy books I have read in a long time. The supporting
cast of characters is beautifully drawn, from the members of the club to Jane's amazingly dysfunctional family to Maura's forbidden lover. One of the things at which Ms.Gerritsen has become more adept with each new novel in the series is her ability to inject levity--albeit gallows humor--into the mix, without losing sight of the seriousness of the subject matter. I am greatly looking forward to the next novel featuring Jane and Maura, though I cannot imagine how Ms. Gerritsen could possibly generate more goosebumps than she did with this hugely entertaining book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mephisto Club is the 6th of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli/Isles series. On Christmas Eve, Rizzoli and Isles are called to a horrific murder scene where the female victim has been decapitated and dismembered. During the autopsy, however, they realise there must be more than one victim as the left hand does not match the arm. And a call has been made from the victim's phone to Dr Joyce O'Donnell, the neuropsychiatrist who has made a career of defending serial killers. Before they can discover to whom the hand belongs, one of their own, a female police detective, is murdered in the backyard of a house where Joyce O'Donnell is dining. Symbols and words at both crime scenes, made with an unusual ochre clay, point to a Satanic element; or do they? When events in Isles' personal life coincide with the same symbols on her own front door, the action really starts to heat up. And Rizzoli has problems of her own with the way her parents are behaving. Gerritsen gives us two back stories which will have the reader convinced they know who the culprit is, although everyone but Rizzoli starts to wonder if their perp is, in fact, human. Gerristen touches on celibacy in the Church, secret societies, Satanic possession, mid-life crisis, and whether evil can have a physical form. Once again, Rizzoli provides some humour; the story is full of suspense and has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed. Another Gerritsen winner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles (two recurring characters in a series of Tess Gerritsen books) are called to a horrifying murder scene where a young woman has been dismembered in her home. They soon discover that one of the body parts at the scene belongs to another victim. The clues point in the direction of the murders being ritualistic in nature. This path of investigation brings Rizzoli and Isles in contact with members of the Mephisto Club. The members of this club believe that in ancient times fallen angels mated with humans creating a blood line of human demons and it is their mission to seek out this "true evil" in the world.

Because of the supernatural slant, this was not my favorite Tess Gerritsen book. The demon aspect didn't really add to the storyline and in fact it was a distraction for me as I kept thinking why couldn't the "bad guy" just be a sociopath...why does he need to be a demon? The ending comes out of nowhere and it didn't seem to be as meticulously plotted out as the rest of the book. If you are reading the Rizzoli/Isles series, I would say you should still read Mephisto Club...just understand it might not be what you expect.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Let me start off by saying that if you haven't read any of Gerritsen's books featuring her two main characters, don't even consider reading this book. So much about the characters deeply depends on your being familiar with their history. Even if you have read other books with these characters, The Mephisto Club, while starting off with a lot of suspense, is a disappointment. The plot drags and requires you to suspend belief way too much, there are too many subplots that are left dangling, and the ending -- what there is of one -- is weak and unsatisfying. All in all, I'd advise you to skip The Mephisto Club. Your time and money are too valuable to spend on a book that, at best, is mediocre.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Dan Brown should be getting royalties from sales of "The Mephisto Club," the latest thriller by Tess Gerrtisen. The author posits the existence of a group called the Watchers, fallen angels who have plagued mankind for centuries. These monsters appear to be ordinary people; they are actually demons who commit acts of appalling cruelty.

Boston medical examiner Maura Isles is back, and she is still trying to fight her attraction to Father Daniel Brophy, a priest who is similarly drawn to her. Will Daniel give up his calling to be with Maura? Detective Jane Rizzoli, now a happily married wife and mother, is on hand to investigate a series of sinister and ritualistic slayings. The police find the first victim, Lori Ann Tucker, brutally dismembered with cryptic symbols drawn in blood on the wall near her body. Other similar killings follow, leading Rizzoli to Anthony Sansone, a fabulously wealthy man and the head of a bizarre organization known as the Mephisto Club.

The mission of the Mephisto Club is to find and defeat the evildoers who walk among us. Sansone has unlimited funds, useful political connections, and a huge store of knowledge about demonology. There are a number of other subplots, as well: Lily Saul, a twenty-eight year old woman, is in Italy, on the run from her cousin, Dominic. Lily is trying to stay one step ahead of this sadistic man who harmed her family and has targeted her for death. Providing a bit of comic relief, Gerritsen has Jane Rizzoli's straight-laced mother, Angela, suddenly walking out on husband, Frank. What could have driven Angela to leave home in a fit of pique?

"The Mephisto Club" is escapist fun, with its creepy villains, gory slayings, and arcane lore. The book's chief weakness is that too much is crammed into three hundred fifty pages. Gerritsen covers a great deal of territory, exploring the lure and pain of forbidden love, the fallout from a mid-life crisis that gets out of hand, and the obstacles that skeptical cop Jane Rizzoli encounters when she attempts to solve crimes with supernatural elements. These multiple story lines do not always mesh smoothly; the one about Jane's parents is particularly grating and artificial. However, Gerritsen is a skilled writer who keeps the action flowing and the tension high. Although "The Mephisto Club" is not the author's most accomplished work, it is a suspenseful and entertaining page-turner that will attract legions of devoted fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
It amazes me that Tess Gerritsen is able to write such awesome thrillers, time after time. And yet she does, proving that she is, quite simply, at the top of her game--and at the top of the psychological thriller/mystery genre!

Many others have outlined the plot of THE MEPHISTO CLUB, so let me just say a few things: this is a great storyline, original, and handled deftly. The action-adventure is non-stop throughout the book, and although you know, basically from the beginning of the story, who the bad guy is, it doesn't stop the book from being interesting and intriguing.

I loved that Father Brophy and Dr. Maura Isles finally "got together," but I need this relationship to go beyond The Thorn Birds - The Complete Miniseries!! There has got to be a resolution to this plot line, and soon!

My only complaint with the story is Jane Rizzoli, who I actually love. However, her hard-a**, morally superior attitude in this book ticked me off. I want to see the softer side of Jane, the nurturing mother side, the love of Gabriel's life side--as well as the the tough-as-nails, ball-buster homicide detective.

Believe me, though, THE MEPHISTO CLUB is another winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first murder scene is a grisly one. A woman has been butchered, her body dismembered, the scene arranged by the killer into a sickening tableau, complete with indications that the murder was part of a satanic ritual. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Boston medical examiner Maura Isles are called in to work the case on Christmas Eve. It's not the last murder they'll try to deconstruct before the book is through. The investigation eventually brings the women into contact with the organization of the book's title. The members of the Mephisto Club are convinced that demons walk the earth in the guise of humans, hunting at will: evil has a face, that is, and it looks like us. Gerritsen's account of the police investigation is punctuated by chapters telling the story of a 15-year-old boy staying with his relatives--the Sauls--after his father's death. The boy is particularly interested in his 16-year-old cousin Lily, whom he watches and takes notes on. Twelve years later, Lily is on the run in Italy, never staying too long in the same place, never telling anyone the truth about her background. Eventually the various strands of Gerritsen's story unite, and we find out the reason for Lily's flight--not quite what readers will be expecting.

The Mephisto Club is the 6th installment in Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli series. Having read it, I'm wondering why I ever skipped books one through four. It's hard to review a book about which one has nothing negative to say. One is reduced to superlatives and bromides: It's a page-turner. I couldn't put it down. The writing is crisp. Gerritsen doesn't make a false step. I wouldn't change a word.... But in this case, all of that is true.

-- Debra Hamel
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Gerritsen's latest thriller had me reading relentlessly and breathlessly up until the final 20 pages. The ending of the book seemed to be patched together with the literary equivalent of Duct Tape, as unusual pieces were put in place to tie the loose ends together, and though they didn't really fit together, they have to suffice. Up until the ending this book was a 5-Star thriller.

Recommended, but be aware of the lousy conclusion.
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