Of the fiction I've listened to, this one is among the top. Tess Gerritsen has the ability to catch your attention immediately, and keep you listening right to the end.
I love that "Rat" was back. A young orphan from one of the earlier Rizzoli and Isles books - it was lovely to have him included in this story. The author's ability to create memorable characters is really good. Although I'd listened to many books in between this one and the previous; I immediately remembered him.
I love the way she changes her voices and tone. She made the narrative so easy to understand. Her timing and tone also changes with the story line. Very professional performer.
There were a few. It's a thriller so you are often moved by a tense situation. There are also enough real or tender moments - such as when Rizolli's parents have their conflict - that make it feel more realistic. I found that I identified with those times as much as the good ones.
I'm often disappointed by authors when their series get to the fifth or sixth book. Sometimes it feels as though the characters are worn out and there's nothing new to learn from them. With Tess Gerritsen and this series - that is not the case. Her characters are well-rounded and believable and the narrative is not predictable. Your attention is hooked and you will listen as it unfolds with growing interest. A great read!
First of all, the reader was terrible. Her Bostonian accent for Jane Rizzoli just didn't work and grated on the nerves. The story moved along pretty well until the last quarter .. It was like the author didn't know how she would end it and then just pushed an ending together and well, it was quite unsatisfying. I guess it was supposed to be a "surprise ending" but in fact it was just a disappointing one. In fact, I don't think I ever really understood the reason behind the murders .. oh well. I guess the author is getting tired and certainly the reader isn't worth looking for more from ..so off to find other books to read
Yes, but I would recommend reading it, not listening to it.
She was awful! In trying to lower her voice to a masculine level, she made all of the men sound like dummies, not to mention making an astrophysicist sound like Howdy Doody! What ever possessed the author - who writes these terrific Rizzoli & Isles books - to allow her story to be pulled down to this level? It was hard to listen to.
There IS a TV series :-)
I have read several of Tess G's books and enjoyed them. "Last to Die" was ok. Story was not quite believable and the narrator was just awful...My suggestion is just read the book and leave the accents to the locals. I am from SE Mass. and listening to the narrator trying to do a Boston accent was painful. She came out sounding like she was from Brooklyn NY.
Yes, usually her stories are very good.
Horrible accents and the voices of men....awful. Please just read the book or get more than one narrator if you want more character definition.
I've been a big fan of the Rizzoli and Isles series, but her four last books have been one disappointment after another. This story was pretty predictable and burdened with cliches. The two main characters, Rizzoli and Isles did not really have much to do with the story itself (just like her past few books), and could have been removed from the book and nobody would be the wiser.
Tanya Eby's voice was a bit too bright and enthusiastic for a mystery novel. Anna Fields got Rizzoli and Isles spot-on.
No, this was a total waste of time.
Tess Gerritsen got me hooked on Rizzoli and Isles with "The Surgeon," "The Apprentice," "The Sinner," and "Body Double." With the other later novels in the series, it's as if she dusted off some practice novels she wrote when she was just a beginner writer, and decided to pepper in Rizzoli and Isles here and there just so the novels can be sold under the franchise. I'm ready to give up on the Rizzoli and Isles series altogether.
I've been a Tess Gerritsen fan for a long time and have followed Rizzoli and Isles from the beginning. I can read or listen over and over.
Finding out who the "who done it?" was. I was surprised again, but it shows, as in human nature, the parental bond is solid, good or bad.
Yes, I would have liked to listen the the book in one setting, but listening while driving to and from work, calms the road rage.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
Maybe I'd read again. It was a good story and it involved children, which always tugs at the heartstrings. Three families are massacred, leaving a single child alive in each case. A few years later, the adoptive families are murdered, again leaving the sole-surviving children, who all end up at a very private school financed by the Mephisto Society, the group that fights exceptional evil-doers, and its enigmatic leader Anthony Sansone. The kids seemed to be ahead of the game versus the adults in solving the mysteries--Maura in particular seemed slow on the uptake when she finds strange sparkling powder (take a sample!) on the floor and toilet seat of the bathroom of a psychologist who supposedly committed suicide by jumping off a balcony.
Rizzoli is determined to follow all the threadsand solve the murders (but wisely puts her own child out of harm's way at her mothers) and Isles' adopted son Julian is a first-rate leader.
No, but was on edge of seat for a bit. Always good for a thriller.
I like the series more since Isles got shut of Father Daniel Brophy. I didn't like this liaison. I like the series better since the Mephisto Society entered the fray.
I have only watched the TV show. This book was well done, but got just too unrealistic as it went along . . . so I won't read another one . . . .
This is not her best work (but even her bad stuff is pretty darned good), and any book with Jane Rizzoli is a treat. The narration helps overcome the weaker parts of the story. All in on, a great story for long commutes.
It is enjoyable, but not her best work.
Yes, it kept you guessing who the bad guy was throughout the book. It also had a bit of humor to lighten the seriousness and suspense.
I would have to compare it to Ice Cold because of the relationship dynamics between Maura and Jane, as well as Maura's maternal feelings toward Julian.
Her performance of the main characters is so believable. I cannot imagine Maura and Jane sounding any different than Eby's interpretation of them.
No, my attention span doesn't allow for that.