"Last to Die", the 10th novel in the Rizzoli and Isles series, features the return of Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles in a setting that takes them away from their usual Massachusetts environment. The case centers around a fourteen year-old boy named Teddy Clock, whose entire foster family is killed in a brutal attack which only he manages to survive by hiding under a bed. The strange thing is that this is not the first time this has happened to Teddy. His birth family was also killed in the exact same way with him being the only survivor.
What exactly is the purpose of this crime? Detective Rizzoli is determined to find out and takes Teddy to the Evensong boarding school, an environment where she thinks he will be safe. The Evensong boarding school is run by the Mephisto society which Rizzoli and Isles have encountered earlier in the series. However, there is something sinister going on at the school and, as the duo look into the matter further, they find that Teddy is not the only student whose family has been killed. There are two other students, Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, whose birth and foster families were killed in the same way. Plus, it turns out that the same woman contacted Will and Claire when they went through these traumatic events. So it’s up to Rizzoli and Isles to figure out what ties these three teenagers together.
In this book, the relationship between Rizzoli and Isles picks up again, after having cooled off when Isles testified against a fellow police officer. Additionally the author creates a very spooky atmosphere at the Evensong boarding school where blood-spattered dolls are found hanging from the branches of a tree and the protagonists get the feeling that they’re being watched all the time. It’s safe to say that this is a dark mystery/thriller but it’s more suspenseful than it is horrific. It keeps you at the edge of your seat until the very end.
Tess Gerritsen is a Chinese-American author who always wanted to be a writer but initially chose to study medicine instead, at the urging of her parents. She became a doctor and was on maternity leave when she wrote a short story that won a contest that was held by the magazine "Honolulu". Encouraged, Gerritsen started writing romantic thrillers for Harlequin before branching into medical thrillers. She has written five stand-alone medical thrillers and ten books in the Rizzoli and Isles series which has also been made into a TV show starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Stephen King describes Gerritsen as "even better than Michael Crichton."
For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family's mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is instead just one horrifying part of a relentless killer's merciless mission.
Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn the secrets and skills of survival in a dangerous world. But even behind locked gates, and surrounded by acres of sheltering Maine wilderness, Jane fears that Evensong's mysterious benefactors aren't the only ones watching. When strange blood-splattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, Jane knows that her instincts are dead on. And when she learns of Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, students whose tragic pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy's, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind.
Joining forces with her trusted partner, medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane is determined to keep these orphans safe from harm. But an unspeakable secret dooms the children's fate - unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer's twisted quest. Download and start listening now!