In a rundown house, a woman has been dismembered in an act of carnage that leaves veteran cops in shock. The last person called from the dead girl's phone was Dr. Joyce O'Donnell, a celebrity psychiatrist who has made her name defending serial murderers.
But there are other clues that make the police wonder if this slaying was part of a Satanic ritual. Drawn on the wall, in blood, are ancient symbols and a mirror-image word in Latin that, translated, says: "I have sinned."
Then, a second woman is found butchered on Beacon Hill, just outside the grand residence of Anthony Sansone, a reclusive historian. He is the leader of the Mephisto Club, an old and secret society dedicated to the study of evil, and to confronting it in its purest form. On the door to Sansone's house have been scrawled yet more ancient symbols. Are they clues? Or threats?
When the same symbols appear on Maura Isles' door, Maura and Jane must call on the Mephisto Club for assistance, because this is a form of evil Boston PD has never encountered before. And the only way they can defeat it is by turning to the people who understand the Devil himself.
©2006 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks LTD
"Hair-raising, demon-hunting good fun." (Los Angeles Times)
"Gerritsen has a knack for stretching believability just short of the breaking point - and for amassing details that produce an atmosphere in which the most terrible possibilities can and, indeed, should occur." (Publishers Weekly)
This was the first book I've listened (or read) from Tess Gerritsen, and I rather liked it. The suspense was good, the developing mystery was fine, the characters were pretty likable (although I met them first time here, and they've been in Gerritsen's books before), BUT in the end of the book things just happened too fast. I had a feeling that was this really it, since it felt like the nice build-up was rushed to fast ending that took away something from the experience.
But anyway overall the book was quite good, and Lorelei King did a great job as a narrator. I think she managed to nicely convey the world Gerritsen had created. And I like her voice.
I'd give this book 3.5 stars but because I can only give full stars I give it a four. I must add that I have a bad habit of starting to listen to an audiobook and then taking a loooong time finishing it (I'm talking months and years here). If I finish an audiobook in less than a couple of weeks there's something special (to me) in that book and in the production. This book took maybe a week to listen to, so maybe that tells something of its entertaining value.
"Tess and Lorelei, what a pair!"
Tess Gerritsen has got to be the mistress of modern detective novels, perhaps only equaled by Patricia Cornwall. Lorelei King is the best female narrator out there, her many array of voices bringing the characters to life. A narrator can make or break a good story. Put these two amazing women together and you know you are in for a brilliant read. Moira and Jane are of course a formidable pairing themselves, their friendship being tested to the very limits in this latest story, I loved the tension building between the two of them through the novel. The attention to detail is no less than you'd expect from such an expert in the genre and the twists and turns in this white knuckle will have the reader breathless at times as they try to keep up. An amazingly well thought out and researched plot but I found it some what unresolved at the end, perhaps leaving the door open for a sequel?
"Imaginative and gripping story"
This is the first book I've listened to or read by this author and I must say I was impressed. Judging by this one experience I place the style between Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell: not as much medical forensic detail of the former and not as grittily crude as the latter. I believe the author is medically trained and it does show in the accurate detail, but the main attraction is the tightly plotted and gripping story. It's an unusual and imaginative plot.
"Good crime novel."
Any of the Rizzoli and Isles books get top marks in my view, and this is another good job by the author. I also think Lorelei King is one of the best narrators out there. Top marks for her as well.
"Good Story, dislike narrator"
This was a good listen, for the story alone, I did not like the narrator and have been put off listening to anymore books with this narrator.
The twists and turns, and the relationship between the two main characters
Very flat, which made it difficult to listen to, her tone of voice is grating, not to everyone's taste
It doesn't get much better than this for me, I had just finished the first season of Rizzoli and Isles on DVD,when I discovered the audio-books, including this one performed by Lorelei King.
Now in my opinion Ms King is a consummate audio performer and I have bought audio-books,simply because she was the narrator .
As a way of discovering new authors, it can't be beat as she has a sublime vocal range . Even if the book was disappointing the performance was worth every penny.
In this case we have a Double Whammy, as the story is a cracker, with off beat characters,interesting background detail in the origin of the actual Mephisto club itself, a series of gruesome murders and a hint of the supernatural in the background.
Needless to say the police procedural and forensic detail was both fascinating and gruesome, and we are led to believe, accurate also, so all the more interesting for that.
The characters in the book are slightly different to their TV counterparts, but not radically so. Enough to make it worth purchasing both,just to get a slightly different spin on the stories.
The pace at which the tale is developed is perfectly judged, in a sense of "just another chapter before I do the dishes" will have you sitting there at midnight without a clean cup in the house.
The 9 hours or so of this unabridged version, flew past and I just have to decide whether to listen to it again, or start reading 'The Surgeon' on my Kindle, as strange to say Book One in this Series is not available to listen to yet!
"It had me up all night so I could finish the book!"
This book is a perfect balance of supernatural, suspense and conspiracy. Well worth investing the time and the money. I had previously seen the series on telly but not read the books. The books are darker and more supernatural than the TV Series but they don't disappoint they entertain in a different way. The characters are different too but they don't fail to engage you. In The Mephisto Club Rizzoli and Isles investigate the murders of several young women, murdered in different states but with a signature that indicates the same killer. The story continues to suck you in with secret societies, age old Gods and modern policing methods.
I think this must be Book 5 and Vanish is Book 6 since Jane's parents had alread split up in the latter hadn't they? The titles are posted as the other way around.
I do like listening to Lorelei King, her versatile voice has a very pleasant lilt and tone. That apart the novel is an excellent web of characters, Old Testament allusions and puzzling events. Very enjoyable way of spending time, good excuse to do my tidying up with headset on!
"The Mephisto Club"
Lorelei King's attempts to portray male and female voices really spoiled this book for me. I would not choose any more audio books read by this lady for that reason.
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