PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and a member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.
On top of Beacon Hill, the club's acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us.
With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it's clear that someone, or something, is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own, or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?
Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced...one whose work is only just beginning.
©2006 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Deftly plotted." (Publishers Weekly)
I always enjoy this series of books and wasn't disappointed here either. It was interesting enough to keep me going with the unabridged version because there were so many details and events. It's one I will keep in my library to listen to again later.
This was my first Tess Gerritsen, and I enjoyed it. The Mephisto Club's members search for actual evil in the form of Nephilim, the descendants of fallen angels and man, inspired by the book of Enoch. The main characters were well developed, and the plots were very well paced.
I had two main issues with the book. First, even though most of the plot lines were wrapping up quite nicely, the ending was too abrupt. Second, the scholars that were consulted dragged out everything they were saying, and while this could arguably have been character choices, all of the scholars consulted did it, so these parts felt like info dumps from cardboard cut outs. Thankfully, the main characters didn't consult them often, and the story took over.
Fast paced, well plotted, great narrator.
I am often critical of the many audio books I have listened to over the years.... critical in the negative sense. So my praise of this story and author is significant for myself if no one else.
The story was very intricately woven into a very believable suspense yarn. The "weaving" of anthropological myths or truths was very appealing and gave substance to the story.
I unequivocally state that it gave me as much enjoyment as the Da Vinci Code and believe we will see the story in cinematic format. I would encourage all to enjoy this most excellent read.... listen.
P.S.- I enjoyed the narrator and thought she did a very good job!
At times, I know that writers like to explore a bit with theories that interest them. But, this plot takes the prime characters a bit too far off their center. The author explores the bodily existence of evil due to her interest in the Book of Enoch and Book of Jubilees.
I think this subject should have been explored in a separate book, as the author has done in the past. She is a great writer, but using the Rizzoli & Isles characters was the wrong venue.
I had a very hard time getting through this book. There were many parts that I simply FF through. Animal sacrifices by weirdos (technical term there!), graphic torture.. I simply can't stomach.
I've enjoyed this series up until now. I'll try one more book to see if this exploration continues.. if it does, I'll stop the series.
Would I recommend this book? No. At least, not to anyone with any semblance of a sensitive soul.
This story is very similar to the DaVinci Code in that it deals with a secret society related to religion. It is a great listen and keeps you spell bound wondering what is going to happen next. The reader does a great job in portraying the characters.
Predictable, quick read. An enjoyable read that kept me on the recumbent bike longer, but that lacked the extra depth to make it really interesting. My first by this author, and I would try another.
This book is too well written. It scared me. Maybe I was feeling vulnerable, because books just don't scare me...but this one did. My thoughts while listening were about the author, "this woman knows evil...I wonder how she understands it so well." Like the pragmatically minded Detective, Jane, I don't believe in monsters separate from the blackness found in the human heart. I believe that some people choose evil as a way of life. Others facilitate it by doing nothing. The author's suggestion of a separate race of demons kept me sane during the reading; it allowed me to finish the book, providing the distance I needed between the evil described and my own heart. I strive not to choose evil, but I have felt its influence in my life, suffered from its full effects, and, yes, evil scares me. I cling to the good.
I love the Rizzoli & Isles series. But this was totally out of character. Neither Rizzoli nor Isles plays an important role, which sucks. I wish Tess Gerritsen would have made this a separate novel from the R & I series. Then she would have been released from the strictly logical cop novel format against which she seemed to be struggling throughout this book. And she wouldn't have subjected all of us mystery novel fans to a genre we didn't think we were buying into.
Yes, because I love her mystery novels, but if she pulls another stunt like this...
The girl on the run was my favorite character. I wish Ms. Gerritsen would've made her a bit stronger, but she was a good character. She just didn't fit with the R&I format
I would cut Rizzoli and Isles from the book. Take it all the way to Dan Brown genre. Make the two main characters someone from inside the Mephisto Club, who interferes with the police because he/she believes there is more to the series of deaths than the cops do, and the girl on the run. Major revisions.
I wish I had known this was so unlike her other books before I bought it. I had to fast forward through many chapters because I found the creepy what-if history so tedious in a suspense novel.
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I have listened to all of the series available on audio. This is my favorite. There are characters here that show up in other books. Their backgrounds and relationships seem to come across with more detail in this episode.
As usual, the mystery involved is engaging. Maura and Jane always work well together and have each other's back.
Narration is appropriate; the "accents" are difficult to portray.
BTW: The network version doesn't do the books justice. The story line diverges greatly and seems rather vanilla by comparison.
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