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Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10 | [Tess Gerritsen]

Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

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 14, 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 one part of a killer’s mission.
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Publisher's Summary

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 14, 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 learns of 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.

©2012 Tess Gerritsen (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 11-07-12
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    "Thrilling..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Last to Die to be better than the print version?

    I've never read a print version.


    What other book might you compare Last to Die to and why?

    I don't know, any other thriller.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    The accents were good and the different voices sound good.


    Any additional comments?

    I was lost a couple times and had to replay to pick up on info that I missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie ALTUS, OK, United States 11-05-12
    Valerie ALTUS, OK, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Formulaic and Predictable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was okay. The reader did a great job. I just wasn't impressed with the book.


    Has Last to Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first.


    Could you see Last to Die being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If it was a movie, I wouldn't watch it. There were too many stretches to make the plot work. There were too many coincidences. Also, this was so formulaic that there were almost no surprises. The author gave so many obvious clues that it took away any mystery. This book was very dumbed down from some of her past work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trudi Seminole, Florida 10-29-12
    Trudi Seminole, Florida 10-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Tupi

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    "Rizzolie and Isles can't miss!"

    Loved the performance! Tanya Eby manages the voices so well that there's never a question of who's speaking - very nicely done! Enjoyed the story though maybe not quite as much as the others. The international espionage bit was a little too 'terrorist' 'homeland security for me' for me to choke down. On the other hand, the setting of EvenSong sounds like such a great place for troubled kids. I love Rizzoli and Isles - their stories have always kept me waiting for the next. Great job, Ms Gerritsen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    libgil 09-28-12
    libgil 09-28-12

    Lib Gilreath

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    "awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Last to Die the most enjoyable?

    caught you early on....listened non-stop...never got bored with it. I can usually come close to calling how books will end...but this one took one extra twist I wasn't expecting...
    Great book...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Twist at the end


    What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not much....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just wished it were longer


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Clifton Park, NY, United States 09-25-12
    Anne Clifton Park, NY, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, disappointing narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to Last to Die the most enjoyable?

    Tess Garritisen,s stories are usually full of twists and turns and this was no exception.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I prefer mysteries that don't tell you in the first chapter who the killer is. It's no fun knowing and then the story revolves around how the good guys figure it out. Gerritsen keeps you guessing right to the end.


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    If the narrators are going to do accents for a particular local, they should be able to do them well. Tanya Eby made the characters with Boston accents sound like anything but someone from Boston would sound to the point of annoyance.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    alicia Orange Park, FL, United States 09-15-12
    alicia Orange Park, FL, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "a narrator with a lisp? really?"
    Where does Last to Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great story - Tess put out another great book - i loved it!


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    the narrator has a lisp and I found it EXTREMELY distracting....i had to stop listening to the audiobook and go out and buy the hardback.


    Any additional comments?

    Whoever keeps hiring narrators with lisps needs to be fired.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-22-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "NOT FOR ME! AWFUL & IMPLAUSIBLE"
    Would you try another book from Tess Gerritsen and/or Tanya Eby?

    Not in this lifetime! I find it very difficult to believe that there are actually NINE books which proceed this one!!! One would hope that an author would get better with each successive book in a series. I'd be scared to see what Book 1 is like.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tess Gerritsen again?

    Only if she just READS the book.


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    She cannot do male voices or different dialects except the already grating Boston accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Last to Die?

    Probably everything from Page 1 until THE END!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book might be okay for some listeners but I've read much, much better books in this genre. Everything part of this story is just stupid, improbable, and implausible. Plus the tired old cop duo is just dated. Once again, it's the female homicide detective partnered with - pick one: a) another homicide detective; b) forensic psychologist; c) medical examiner; or d) criminal profiler; or, e) investigative journalist - all female. Then these women do dumb stuff like in D-movies where they see a door that says "CAUTION! Do Not Open! A Killer With An AK-47 Is Hiding Inside!" but they open the door anyway. Or they see blood dripping from every window in a darkened house and instead of running the other way, they slop through the blood, open the front door, and trill all cheerily "Helloooo! Is there anybody there?" STUPID!! In this book, the listener can easily recognize clues and figure out what they mean while these alleged professionals just overlook them. The ending was so ridiculous that I wanted to kick myself for hanging in until the end, hoping against hope that this author would pull this mess together. I'm sure there are people who like what I can only describe as "criminal Dr. Seuss" (this story is sooooo juvenile that "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" made a better crime mystery! In fact, the Grinch makes this killer look like Santa Claus!) There are some people who like a baked potato with nothing on it. Personally, I'm a "fully loaded" kinda gal - gimme me crime mysteries with salt, peppermint butter, chives, bacon bits, shredded cheddar, and a big ole dollop of sour cream on top!!! A totally bland book or baked potato is just not for me!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    tea lover Hartford CT 12-11-12
    tea lover Hartford CT 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Reg

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    "Edge of the seat thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Last to Die to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent plot, lots of twists and turns. It keeps you guessing as to what happens next.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    Very good reader. She knows how to bring out the emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction but kept me glued to the speaker phones.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Tess Gerritsen. I will definitely try one of her other books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 09-26-12
    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2015

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "THE BEST EVER, FROM BEGINNING TO END."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, IT KEPT ME UP ALL 11 HOURS.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE ENDING, WHICH YOU DO NOT SEE COMING.


    Have you listened to any of Tanya Eby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO, I DO NOT BELIEVE SO. SHE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB WITH THE SCRIPT AND MANY CHARACTERS. BRAVO!!!! AS WE KNOW NOT EVERYONE CAN DO IT.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    THE ENDING, LOVE CONQUERS ALL.


    Any additional comments?

    USE YOUR CREDIT HERE, A GREAT MYSTERY AND A GREAT THRILLER. I HAVE FOUND FEW BOOKS THAT CAN DO BOTH IN ONE BOOK.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MimmiB RADCLIFF, KY, United States 09-10-12
    MimmiB RADCLIFF, KY, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2014

    Mimmi

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    "Another winning Rizzoli & Isles tale! LOVED it!"





    In the newest installment of the Rizzoli & Isles tales, Dr. Maura Isles is visiting "Rat", or Julian, her ward, at Evensong...where he's attending boarding school. She's supposed to be on vacation...but as always seems to happen, bodies just keep piling up around. It's strange enough that all the kids in this school seem to have been victims of some sort of major tradgedies in their lives, now bodies are literally dropping off the building? And to top it off, the last case she'd worked on before heading out on vacation, that of young Teddy Clock, has similarities to several of these kids up here at Evensong...Maura has to call her close friend and Police Detective Jane Rizzoli & fill her in.





    Jane thinks taking Teddy to Evensong, where security is tight, and being up in the remote wilderness, will keep him safe. She has NO idea she is taking him into the nest of it...but she does know that there is SOMETHING about this case. Too many suspicious things ~ and too many coincidences can only add up to this all being connected. But WHO is responsible?





    Fans of the Rizzoli & Isles books will be thrilled ~ we get to visit with Jane's sometimes funny, sometimes all too real family and catch up with her Mom & Corsack, & her Dad and brother. We get updated on Maura and Daniel Brophy, and while I had high hopes for more between her & Anthony Sansone in this book, we DO get some interaction and some tidbits...and something we're left to think about.





    I LOVE this series! NEVER a dissapointment, every case is great...and the family dynamics & real life BS Ms. Gerritsen throws in just makes me love the series that much more.





    Tany Eby truly brings these characters to life in audio...you can hear the Boston in the voices, the weariness in Jane's Mom's at times, the excitement in Julian's...I just love her narration! This series is a MUST buy in Audio for me!





    LOVED this book ~ and am depressed that I'll have to wait so long for the next one already, lol.






    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    12/20/12
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    "Good but a bit contrived"

    I've enjoyed many of the books in this series and this was no exception. My slightly lower rating is because I felt the story was more implausible than some even though I accept that detective novels and thrillers have to be larger than life to sustain the reader. Nevertheless, if you like this author's books you'll still enjoy this one. I though the reader was fine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    9/19/12
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    "Slightly disappointing but still worth a listen"

    Having thoroughly enjoyed all the previous books in the Rizzoli and Isles series, I was really looking forward to listening to the unabridged version of Last To Die. Whilst it kept me entertained, I felt that the plot line was a bit on the weak side and the fact that I'd worked out the twist long before it presented itself was rather disappointing. Also, at times the narrator sounded a little automated, it was as if the text was being read by a computer! Having said that, I didn't regret my purchase, it kept me entertained and will no doubt be downloading the next one in the series when it arrives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Marriott
    Nottingham UK
    8/10/15
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    "Best ever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Last to Die to be better than the print version?

    I think it depends upon the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last to Die?

    The reveal of Nicolas Clock , loved the twist and how all the pieces fitted together


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favourite?

    Rizzoli & Isles , as they should be . Main characters should stand out.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Always feel tension when reading Tess Gerritsen . Awesome !


    Any additional comments?

    Im a big Tess Gerritsen fan , in my opinion this is up there with the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    3/28/14
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    "Not to Tess Gerritsen's usual standard"

    Far fetched, confused and really not one of her best. It was sufficiently OK for me to listen to the end, but really I found it totally implausible and a bit 'daft' if I am honest!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pam
    Watford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Good but not up to usual standard"

    Have read all the previous Rizzoli and Isles but this one was probably my least favourite. Its an extremely far fetched storyline with gaping holes in it's credibilty. Cant detail as would give plot away but it seems not very well planned or thought out. Maybe its time for Maura Isles to find a decent man and Jane Rizzoli to hang up her badge!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma J
    Leigh, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "If your a Rizzoli & Isles fan then this is for you"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Last to Die to be better than the print version?

    I'm a huge fan of R&I so this audible book was for me, was unsure with how it started but enjoyed it all learned more bout Rat (Justin) from Ice Cold. much better hearing then reading leaves you free do other things


    What did you like best about this story?

    With out given to much away the major twist at the end.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favourite?

    Moria Isles sounded and came across like the character on the tv show.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely just never enough battery life if away from a power outlet


    Any additional comments?

    This will not be everyone's favourite book specially how it begins but don't write it off for what you hear in the first 10 minuets

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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