Book Review – “Last to Die” by Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles #10)

lasttodie  Title:  Last to Die

Author:  Tess Gerritsen

Series:  Rizzoli & Isles #10

Publisher:  Random House


Synopsis (from  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:  In a word this book was AMAZING!  This is now no doubt my favorite Rizzoli & Isles book ever!  I have never read a book in this particular series in one day – but that changed with this latest book in this great series!  I literally couldn’t read fast enough to keep up with the excitement and my curiosity about where this book was going to go!

Wow!  This book was fast-paced, suspenseful, jarring, disturbing, creepy, and scary all in one!  I found the setting of the Eversong boarding school just plain creepy and a wonderful setting for the secrets of the storyline.  I loved that the book brought the series back to Rizzoli & Isles working more together again rather than having each of them sort of featured in their own stories.

Just when I thought I had all of the information and the book was heading to a great conclusion . . . bam . . . another plot twist . . . then another body . . . then another twist!  Great read!

Overall, I can’t say enough about this latest Rizzoli & Isles book!  A fast-paced, intriguing mystery that is not to be missed!

Thank goodness I have some episodes of Rizzoli & Isles saved on my DVR to catch up on, because now I just can’t get enought.  Can’t wait for the next book to come out.

And remember,

Books Are Life,





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