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“This was a terrible book with a horrible plot. Also, a seasoned detective that doesn't realize that someone describing seeing weird visions and saying that the food tastes weird is under the influence of drugs is unthinkable. And then we were treated to pages and pages of people fumbling around...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Recommended to me by a colleague at school and the first I have read by this author, it was a very fast read and entertaining. I didn't think the sections dealing with the detective's family was particularly smooth, but the actually mystery/thrilller parts were engaging. Good escape reading without being heartwarming the way Louise Penny's novels are.”Dana G. Clinton wrote this review 8 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good Mystery”Terry M wrote this review 16 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tess Gerritsen never disappoints with her mysteries and Last to Die is a page turner. Her development of her characters is fascinating and her ability to tell her story through Rizzoli and Isles makes this more enjoyable.”Mary B wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great story by Tess Gerritson. Jane & Maura find themselves in the middle of a mystery when 3 families are killed in the same time period with only the teenagers surviving. 2 yrs later their foster families are also killed and the kids end up a private boarding school in Maine that is run by the Mephisto Society. At the end, not all answers are given. How long till the next book....”Marian S wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Its been a while since i read a Tess Gerritson book, but i wasnt disappointed. The story kept me gripped and i resisted the temptation to read the last pages!”Sheila L wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Probably my second favorite book in the Rizzoli and Isles series, maybe because it references a lot of the characters from previous titles and brings them together.
Someone is killing the families of foster children - more than once. The original family is killed, then so is the foster family. Kids from all different locations are being targeted, and Maura and Jane are the only ones that believe there is a connection. Local and international conspiracies combine for a great thriller from Gerritsen. As with many mystery novels, it may have gotten a little too much a tidy ending, but the adventure and writing was done well. ”
“Nice twists and turns to keep you guessing. Not too much gore.”Wendy J wrote this review Saturday, September 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Evensong school, sheltered amid piney woods deep in Maine, is an exclusive school for orphans, but not just any orphans; it is for those children who have lost their families due to murder. At Evensong, run by the Mephisto society, the children are well-protected and are taught survival skills for the time when they return to the outside world. Within the school’s population are 3 children who have been touched by tragedy twice in their short lives, the first when their families were killed and the second when their foster families met the same fate. Boston PD Detective Jane Rizolli and Chief Medical Examiner Laura Isles must find the connection between the three teenagers before the children meet the same violent fate.
I can’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t like this one quite as well as other Rizolli and Isles mysteries. Maybe it was a matter of timing more than anything else since I’ve had the book for quite awhile and made myself finally read it to get it off my shelf. Sometimes that’s not the best reason to read a book. On the whole it was a fairly good mystery and I’m still a Gerritsen fan.
“This was a terrible book with a horrible plot. Also, a seasoned detective that doesn't realize that someone describing seeing weird visions and saying that the food tastes weird is under the influence of drugs is unthinkable. And then we were treated to pages and pages of people fumbling around trying to determine what happened to that person when we, the readers, had figured it out right away. Yawn.”N C wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Synopsis: Three children survive the annihilation of their families only to be victims for a second time. What is the connection between them and who has target them for death? Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles must face their most determined adversary yet.
Review: An improvement on the last two books in the series. The mystery is fast-paced and thrilling with some clever twists and turns that keep you turning the pages.
The secondary characters are well-developed, particularly the children, Teddy, WIll and Claire, which makes it easy to sympathize with their predicament and become engrossed in the plot. Moreover, the Evensong school serves as an intriguing backdrop and the descriptions of classes, teachers and student dynamics provides an extra dimension to the story. The subplot involving Julian "Rat" Perkins and the Jackals seems to suggest that Gerritsen is planning a YA spin-off.
The weakest aspect of the book is the development of Jane and Maura's characters. It seems that Gerritsen has reached a plateau in this area and has nowhere to go with it. Maura is at a crossroads in both her personal and professional life and her story lacks closure. Jane is happily married and her only issue is dealing with her obnoxious family (the Rizzolis in the TV series are much more likable bunch).
All in all, a gripping read although the main characters need more direction. ”