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Last to Die (original 2012; edition 2013)

by Tess Gerritsen

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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 targeted 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. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Tess keeps getting better and better as a writer. This was really good. I didn't know why the parents were being killed. Didn't understand what was so significant about these three children. Didn't want to get out of the car because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Then I get to the last CD and Whoa! Didn't see that coming! VERY good book, very enjoyable, filled with twists and turns and a surprise at the end. Can't wait for the next one. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
A thriller with a convoluted story because the CIA is involved. The CIA is always trouble when the police are involved. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 20, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
This is the first Tess Gerritsen book I've read and I really liked it. I did not understand the history with Julian or Santano, or even what happened exactly between Jane and Maura but even so, I could still enjoy the story. Three children, Claire, Teddy and Will were the only survivors when their families were murdered and now, two years later, history repeats itself when their three foster families are murdered and they survive yet again. While Maura visits Julian at Evensong, a special school for trauma survivors, she meets Claire and Will and when she learns about the third, similar case, she recommends Jane that Teddy should be brought to the school also, in order to secure his safety. The school’s location is so remote and the school itself seems like an impenetrable castle. But then someone breaks into Jane’s car and other things happen, and it’s clear the children might still be in danger. And what ties them together? It all comes clear in the end.. The plot is far more twisted and complicated than I could have guessed and I loved it, a great thriller. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Visiting sixteen-year-old "Rat" Perkins at isolated Evenson boarding school, Maura Isles is astonished to learn that all of his classmates are survivors of violence and are being instructed in scientific detective skills, a discovery that coincides with Jane Rizzoli's investigation into the murder of a boy's foster family.… (more)

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