Fiction · Mystery · Page-Turner · Ying L

Last to Die | by Tess Gerritsen

Last to Die: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen
(Ballantine Books, 2012, 352 pages)

I recognized the author’s name at my local library’s new book shelf. I’ve only read two books by Gerritsen and this new release did not disappoint me.

Boston police detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Isles are the main characters. It started with a horrific home invasion scene in a rich neighborhood. The whole family is brutally murdered and the fourteen year old foster kid, Teddy Clock, is the sole survivor. What’s shocking is that Teddy barely escaped when his real family was slayed two years ago. Isles visits an exclusive boarding school and discovers two other children have had similar violent crimes happen to their real families and foster families.  On the surface these children and their families have no connections at all. Their parents are were a diplomat, a financial consultant, a NASA scientist and a medical equipment sales rep.  They lived in different states and one family lived overseas.

I enjoyed the development on how Rizzoli and Isles are putting the pieces together and how the story unfolds with twists and turns.  The book is fast-paced and engaging with a surprising ending. There were a few questions that remained unanswered which I found a bit irritating. But it’s definitely a good mystery book.

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