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4.00019949149227 out of 54.00019949149227 out of 54.00019949149227 out of 54.00019949149227 out of 54.00019949149227 out of 5 4.00 (5,113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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"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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 2/16/2014

    " A little predictable but a fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgie | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent! Her writing does not waver. Each time I read one, I think this will be the one that will not be as good as the last, but alas I'm proven wrong every time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luan | 2/8/2014

    " Another good Rizzoli & Isles. For awhile Isles was my favorite but now I'm tending to Rizzoli. Isles is always too conflicted and distant. Nevertheless, that doesn't rob the story of its enjoyment and I was even surprised by one of the plot twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta Eagleston | 2/3/2014

    " My kind of mystery novel! Fast read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine Hoffer | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed the book bug not as much as I thought I thought j would. I watch the Tv show and the time line was essa lot farther in the future kn the book. Which made it a little hard to follow at first. I would rate it 2 1/2 stars. I think I need to read some of older books which follow the Tv series closer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora King | 1/28/2014

    " Really enjoyed this novel. Love Rizzoli & Isles and they both have major parts in this book. Lots of twists and turns as Maura goes to the Maine school where Julian is enrolled (with Bear by his side), along with three other children who have lost their parents to murder...and their foster parents as well, why are the children still alive...something is going on and Maura and Jane are on the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/25/2014

    " fast moving easy read descriptive of forensics and nature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Rowland | 1/23/2014

    " this book was very good but a little more cloak and dagger than she usually writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxie | 1/19/2014

    " I found this book interesting, at times it was hard to put down at other times I had to put it down just to ponder over what I had just read. I would recommend this book to friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 12/24/2013

    " I found it hard to get into and easy to put down for the most part. Once I got into it, about half way through, it wasn't bad. Only one plot twist I didn't expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Jacobs | 12/16/2013

    " Forget the TV series based on this Boston series! The books are grittier, darker, and addictive. Gerritsen also has a medical mystery series, but I prefer these. Must be read in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saphstone | 12/14/2013

    " Gerritson's Rizzoli and Isles series never disappoints! Thank you for a truly enjoyable ride!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Icicle4 | 12/13/2013

    " This new Rizzoli and Isles book is pretty decent. Takes place in Maine which was interesting for us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/13/2013

    " I think the Rizzoli & Isles series is just getting better and better. It's great when a series doesn't go downhill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystina Grant | 11/28/2013

    " One of Tess Gerritsen's best! It kept me on the edge of my seat til the very end with all kinds of twists and turns. I'm sad because it's over. I might read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ninz Arellano | 11/28/2013

    " I highly recommend this book :))) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 10/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but I am getting a bit tired of the Mephisto Club. If I want secret societies, I'll read Dan Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Dunlop | 9/5/2013

    " Brilliant! Really enjoyed this book. Read it in two days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra | 7/2/2013

    " 3.5 would be more accurate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Del | 4/13/2013

    " Very interesting. I watch the Rizzoli & Isles TV show so I was able to put faces to the characters in the book. I will be reading more of her books in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glmomich | 3/29/2013

    " Kind of hard to follow in the begining but a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 3/21/2013

    " Strong, suspenseful story line. Just too many characters strung together with too unlikely connection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Kavanagh | 3/5/2013

    " Best Rizzoli and Isles thriller since The Mephisto Club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-marie | 2/21/2013

    " Great book, couldn't put it down. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it wasn't all that original, same as her other books. Predictable in that it will be unpredictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn Hughes | 2/21/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one, it had me on d wrong track until last few pages "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/9/2013

    " Good story line, some repeating which I don't like, but other than that enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 1/21/2013

    " Tess has written a very interesting thriller this time round with a rather surprising twist. As the homicide of a boy's foster family, leads Boston PD on a spirilling wild goose chase for clues as to what this homicide has in common with 2 other similar cases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/22/2012

    " Better than the previous book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicek | 10/19/2012

    " 4.5. Great read! Went to the library today to check out several in this series I had not read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.L. | 9/10/2012

    " I'm a huge fan of this series and its characters. Happy to report it still has plenty of steam left as Last to Die was excellent across the boards. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be written and released! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie N. | 9/7/2012

    " Enjoyable if a bit tedious in places. It's good but a bit lacking when compared to the series' earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah J. | 9/5/2012

    " Great story with a fast moving plot that keeps you guessing the whole way and plenty of action. I would have liked to see a little more overall character development though but thoroughly enjoyable regardless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve J. | 9/3/2012

    " Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles are 2 of my favorite book characters of late and 'Last to Die' is a fantastic outing for them. The story sucks you in and doesn't let go until the thrilling conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.F. | 9/1/2012

    " I liked this though it was a bit too predictable and formulaic for my taste. I think the author has gotten a bit too comfortable and is cruising on autopilot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra C. | 8/30/2012

    " This was another thrilling page-turner by one of my absolute favorite authors. The story was awesome and I never saw the ending coming. "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.