Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles #10) by Tess Gerritsen~Review

15 December 2012
Last To Die
Title: Last to Die
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles #10
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date: August 28th 2012
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780345515636
Source: Publisher
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“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory.”—Lee Child

For 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:

The plot is great, the characters are easily identifiable, the subject matter was a little difficult for me to read.

Last to Die is the story of three children who are connected in a very unique way: their parents had been killed some time ago, and recently their foster parents have met the same fate. This is the story of Claire, a girl of thirteen, whom took a bullet to the head and survived; of Teddy, who's kind of weird; and of Will, who likes doing nothing more than looking at the night sky and searching to find a new comet.

These three children were hit by tragedy twice and somehow they survived, but it seems whoever is responsible for the murders will never rest until he kills them too.

In this story we have a blood-thirsty avenger, secret societies, brilliant kids, tortured psyches, secrets and lies and plenty of action, which keeps the reader's interest alive from beginning to end, and it's exactly then that it poses a question that more often than not arises into the readers minds too: Who is going to protect us from the so called protectors?

As the suspense builds, Gerritsen provides much needed comic relief. Boston PD homicide detective Jane Rizzoli's mother, Angela, is involved in an unlikely love triangle. Her fiance, Vince, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Frank, are at each other's throats, and Jane would like to strangle both of them. However, she is too preoccupied with the slaughter of Bernard and Cecilia Ackerman, who were in the process of adopting Teddy Clock when they were gunned down along with their three daughters. Maura and Jane eventually discover that there is a connection between Evensong and the massacres; the two women put their heads together to get to the bottom of this gigantic mess.

The author effectively captures the emotional pain of teenagers whose peers shun and tease them; the strain of trying to recover from harrowing experiences that leave a person emotionally scarred; and the terrible consequences of unfettered greed and the desire for revenge. The author is a skilled storyteller who keeps us engrossed and entertained. In addition, Maura and Jane are bright and engaged professionals who handle crises with aplomb. The pair get plenty of practice when they are forced to deal with a vicious and remorseless killer with a hidden agenda. "Last to Die" has strong dialog and exciting action sequences, but the plot unravels a bit during the over-the-top conclusion. In spite of its less than scintillating finale, "Last to Die" will keep readers engrossed while they try to figure out who done it and why.

My Rating: