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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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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 01-07-13
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"

    Right off, I really didn't care for this book. I read some books a long time ago that involved Rizzoli and Isles, Body Double and The Bone Garden and thought they were good. I spent alot of time on this one saying to myself..Do I really have to listen to the series to understand what is happening now? Too many references to past books and story lines, I think to really like this book you had to have read them all and formed a strong feeling for these 2.
    That aside, this story really was uninteresting and more about the lives of the 2 women and not really a good mystery. Found the main idea, although starting off good, falling flat a couple of chapters later and staying that way. I didn't really care about these kids at all. Think the author didn't either.
    Tanya Eby wasn't all that bad. I have never listened to her before. I don't think she has a lisp like one reviewer said, it just may be the way it gets annunciated and the recording settings. Either way, it wasn't irritating like stated ( really rather hear that than swallowing or every movement of the mouth). I also didn't have a problem with her accents. Sounded like they came from the east USA for the most part not faltering much at all. I didn't like tho, some of the male voices, i.e. Julians. A female doing a mans voice is hard. A female doing a mans voice and trying to make it sound smart is another. Didn't care for that much. She wasn't the most interesting reader but think everyone on audible has their favorites.
    So if you have listened to the whole Rizzoli- Isles series, go for it. You probably will enjoy getting to hear what the ladies have been up to. I personally didn't care, wasn't wanting to form a relationship, I just wanted a good book. I don't think this was it. I am going to try and stop ignoring that little voice.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 09-01-12
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Tantalizing Thriller"

    Tess Gerritsen once again brings together Boston PD Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles in this taut crime thriller full of delicious twists and edge-of-your-seat suspense. There is less emphasis on the details of forensic pathology than in other books in this series, with Maura Isles playing a surprisingly different role in the unfolding of the enigma of three twice-orphaned children and the deaths of their parents and guardians. The plot takes one unexpected turn after another in a wild ride through realms ranging from metaphysics to astrophysics and just about everything in between.

    Great narration especially in capturing Rizzoli's gritty Boston cop's tone and accent. I had a hard time breaking away from this book and found every conceivable excuse to get back to it as soon as possible!

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 09-14-12
    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 09-14-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Disapointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Tess Gerritsen's series but this one was just not believable - and boring - and relied too much on earlier book (which I had read, but others may not have).


    Was Last to Die worth the listening time?

    Sad to say, not really. And I love her books!! I guess I would recommend buying it, but not having high expectations.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-04-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "CSI High School"

    This reminded me a lot of Heinlein's books for young people. It had really smart kids who handled tough situations and came out on top. There are some gory scenes and scary situations, but after reading Hunger Games by Collins and Rot & Ruin by Maberry, this is exceptable.

    I had never heard of the Mephisto Society before, but now I want to find out more and read The Mephisto Club by Gerritsen. Gerritsen is one of my favorite writers this being my 14th book by her.

    Gerritsen's writing is often a little simplistic and is especially so in this one. What I usual like is the subject matter she writes about. Her writing is rarely conventional and is usually edgy. She does not go as far as Koontz or King into the weird, but keeps it on the edge of believable.

    This is a really good story with a good mystery and some great characters. The last half hour is full of twists within twists. I was a little disappointed in the ending in that it was too many twists in too short a time and the story lost some of it's intrigity. Up until the ending it was a very compelling story. The book as a whole is a five star read and is in my top five of Gerritsen books.

    I was not crazy about the narrator, she sounded like she was reading a children's book. She way over did the Boston accent, even putting it in places it did not belong. All of the adult males souned like Yogi Bear. I was waiting for them to ask for Boo Boo and for a Pic-A-Nic Basket.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John L Knoxville, TN USA 11-13-12
    John L Knoxville, TN USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Terrific Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Last to Die the most enjoyable?

    I especially enjoyed the young adult characters. They really made the book for me.


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

    There was a lot of mystery about why everything was happening; and you didn't find out until right at the end what was driving the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Rizzoli and Isles book I have listened to. I've seen the TV series though. I'm going to continue to listen to these because the characters, the plotting and the writing is so good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Grantsville, UT, United States 09-05-12
    Ann Grantsville, UT, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved the story, but narrator was not good."

    The story is a good Rizzoli and Isles mystery. But the narrator sounded the same for everyone and would occasionally slip in a Boston accent. It was like "Oh yes Jane is from Boston I need to talk with an accent".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 10-11-12
    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tess Gerritsen writes another Masterpiece!!!"

    The book is excellent, and the narration is just as good. Tanya Eby narrates in such a way that you would think that there was more than one person narrating the story. This book is a must read, even to be re-read again and again. I highly recommend this book!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 09-07-12
    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 09-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This book is pure entertainment, from Ms. Gerritsen's weaving of the tale to Ms. Eby's wonderful performance. There were so many intriguing plot twists that I was guessing until the end. In all, lots of fun and recommended (just make sure you have time to listen to it in almost one sitting)!

    2 of 2 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 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Olney, MD, United States 02-13-13
    Dawn Olney, MD, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    This was an enjoyable listen. There were some slow parts to the book. Also the story line is at times unbelievable, but this is fiction, of course. The narrator was fine.

    1 of 1 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
  • 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 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pam
    Watford, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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
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