- Series: Rizzoli & Isles (Book 12)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition, Second Printing edition (August 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345543882
- ISBN-13: 978-0345543882
- ASIN: 0345543882
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 548 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Tess Gerritsen brings back Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles to tackle another baffling mystery . . . weaving a thriller that slowly unfolds in unexpected ways. . . . Rizzoli and Isles feel like real people, and readers who are fans of either the book series or the former TV show know there’s an emotional angle to the proceedings and care about everything that happens to the duo. . . . Gerritsen writes effortlessly, and this is another stellar entry in the series.”—Associated Press
“The unforgettable team of Rizzoli and Isles is back working on a chilling and difficult case. . . . The twists and turns this novel takes will force Gerritsen’s heroines to face difficult emotions and their own biases. As always, Gerritsen is a master storyteller!”—RT Book Reviews
“The characters converge in dynamic, diabolical ways and, in doing so, reveal past events that continue to haunt the present day. . . . Gerritsen continues to surprise with the depth and range of her storytelling ambitions. . . . Like the best of big-screen boogeyman blockbusters, there’s complex villainy, a distortion between appearance and reality, and a third-act plot twist that will both surprise and satisfy. This one’s a tasty treat with substance.”—CriminalElement.com
“A must-read for thriller fans and one of the best works by Tess Gerritsen to date.”—San Francisco Review of Books
“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this.”—Lee Child
“The latest in the Rizzoli and Isles series mixes martyrdom, murder, and mystery. . . . [Tess] Gerritsen’s fans won’t be surprised at the grisly crimes or the graphic autopsies—not for nothing is Dr. Maura Isles nicknamed ‘Boston’s Queen of the Dead.’ One character’s statement that ‘sometimes up really is down’ applies to this complex and enjoyable story. It’s a worthy addition to the series.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The bitterness of a Boston winter doesn’t hinder a killer with a knack for gruesome murders in bestseller Gerritsen’s twisty twelfth Rizzoli & Isles mystery. . . . Gerritsen smoothly blends her leads’ domestic dramas with the hunt for the ruthless killer.”—Publishers Weekly
“Be prepared for an exciting ride with unexpected twists and terrific writing.”—Library Journal
Praise for Tess Gerritsen
“Tess Gerritsen’s clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen earned international acclaim for her first novel of suspense, Harvest. She introduced Detective Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon (2001) and Dr. Maura Isles in The Apprentice (2002) and has gone on to write numerous other titles in the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series, most recently The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold, The Silent Girl, Last to Die, Die Again, and I Know a Secret. Her latest standalone novel is the thriller Playing with Fire. A physician, Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.
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On top of that, there are glaring plot contrivances. Rizzoli is repeatedly told that a project the first victim was working on was inspired by a painful episode from her past, yet she doesn’t think to find out what this painful episode was until the book is nearly over–and sure enough, it’s the key to solving the whole thing. I understand that Gerritsen couldn’t give it away too soon (otherwise there would be no book), but the handling makes Rizzoli look inept–which she most definitely is not. Furthermore, there’s a character who knows the identity of the killer, so there’s really no mystery at all. Rizzoli only has to solve it because this character won’t tell anyone (otherwise the title wouldn’t make sense). It’s shockingly clumsy plotting from Gerritsen, who is usually better than this.
There are treats for fans–including the return of Father Daniel Brophy–but there’s no denying that the book feels like it’s only half trying.
A good story and the killer seems obvious early on but all is not what it seems. Good to see Jane's mother Angela again. I would hope that future novels will have Jane and Gabriel work on a case together. In this book he is just a minor character. As for Maura, oh Maura!, get your head together and call Anthony!!! He is not even mentioned in this book.
The story is based on the McMartin Day Care tragedy in Malden, MA. Names and location are changed but the details are unmistakable. There is even a reference to a fictional McMartin Day Care scandal in Los Angeles. It was essentially a modern day Salem witch trial.
I'm also tired of Disgusting Fat Character that's in enough Gerritsen books that I was just waiting to see where he/she would show up, and the author did not disappoint. I'm thinking I'll make a drinking game of it in the future. Three sips for the appearance of DFC, and one for each cliché (doughy hands, big as a house etc..,). Should there be an allowance for Korsak since Jane's mother loves him or is that his only redeeming quality? I'll have to give it some more thought.
That said, I did finish the book and I certainly didn't hate it. It just wasn't as gripping as some of the others and I was disappointed because I'd saved it for my vacation. Hopefully next year's will be better...