Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tess Gerritsen--Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles series)

Genre: Murder, Mystery, Suspense

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.

{3.5 stars}
Not quite the page turner I was hoping for, but still a classic Gerritsen mystery. The plot line seemed a little predictable to me and I could really do without Rizzoli's parent drama, (it didn't seem pertinent to the storyline). The Evensong school is as unusual as it is special as Maura discovers when she comes to Evensong to spend some time with Julian. Maura and Julian play a much more active role in solving this mystery this time around. And Julian has blossomed at this school. (Julian has really become a character to watch), I look forward to more mysteries with him. But all in all, the plot was intriguing and just when you think you know all the answers, Gerritsen flips it upside down. In this one, nothing is at is appears, and as predictable as you think the ending will's not.

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