©2003 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds towards a tense and terrifying climax." (People)
"Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon." (Booklist)
I love murder mysteries and this one was top notch. Everything about this book held my interest and I could hardly stop listening to it. Worth the read.
The who-dunnit tension was nicely maintained throughout. This is truly one of Gerritsen's best, and certainly the best of her Rizzoli series that I have read.
The narrator, Anna Fields was also ideal for this book. Her intonation and pace were always just right for any given scene. I could see the whole book in my mind's eye, thanks to Ms. Fields.
Another good one for Tess. I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot. She holds Rizzoli to character. No matter what is going on in her personal life she still finds time to get a jab in at even the most innocent seeming villian. No one goes unpunished in some way with her and that's satisfying. Some of her points make you want to say "you go girl".
This is a great book and you can't go wrong with it.
Tell us about yourself! Retired School Principal and love mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction print and audio books.
The narrator is wonderful and does a good job of lending her voice and expression to match the mood of the story. The ending makes you want to read or listen to the next book in the series right away to find out what Rizolli does regarding her pregnancy situation.
Maura Isles -- she is still somewhat of an unknown with a very deep and multi-faceted personality and background.
When Dr. Isles' exhusband shows up
It had some humor in it as well as excitement and mystery
Well worth the money or credit point
The humorous passages are hilarious, Dr. Gerritsen's imagination covers even more ground in this novel, and you won't guess the resolution as all the parts come together thoughtfully. I only regret that I did not "read" this novel in order of publication.
Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!
This is my first Rizzoli and Isles book. I mostly enjoyed it. The story was quite good--beginning with the murder of a young nun and brutal assault on another, pulling the listener into the story in an immediately compelling way. Isles seemed a no nonsense medical examiner who had been dubbed "The Ice Queen" by some due to her interest in autopsies and finding causes of death. Rizzoli starts out seeming equally job focused from the policing side, but through the book, much is revealed about the more personal lives of both women.
The surprising twists this book takes in bringing together the prologue material of a horror that occurred in India with the convent activities, made the story very exiting. I personally felt that the author's use of great medical details shows a lot of knowledge on her part, but seemed a bit more than necessary to me (just in this book). Having never read others in this series before, don't know of this is typical or not. Was an exciting book, but somehow after all the build up, the ending just came so quickly, it felt over in kind of an abrupt manner.
I liked this well enough to listen to more. I know they are wildly popular. I might even get curious enough to check out the tv series. Was not overly fond of the narrator.
This book ranks up with one of my favorate series
The in Death series by J. D. Robb. Because they and both strong female cops. Also the story line never ends.
I wish she stayed away from attempts at deep psychology and relationship analyses, but as a thriller it's still among the best. Perhaps not as good as the first one in the series, still enough to keep me hooked.
Terrific suspense and character development. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars are the prologue and the last chapter, both of which are unnnecessary -- the book would stand much better without them.
For reasons I can't explain, I want to say that this is more of a women't mystery. Take that as you will.
I look forward to reading more of this author, and the narrator is excellent; always an important consideration.
She did a great job with all the characters.
Anna's pronunciation of Rizzoli has a "t" in it. It is not Ritzoli!
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