Title: Last to Die
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles (#10)
Published: 25th June 2013
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
OH…MY…GOSH! I want it put on record: Gerritsen is a GENIUS! If someone had tried to take this book away from me while I was reading it, I would have torn the pages as it was ripped from my hands! That’s how hard I was holding on to the cover desperately trying to read on in the hope of finding out what in the name of everything sane was unraveling before my eyes!
Teddy Clock’s whole life has become a game of cat and mouse since the death of his parents two years ago and now the sudden murder of his foster parents. It’s all Detective Jane Rizzoli can do to send him away to the exclusive Evensong boarding school in a futile attempt to preserve his life. There, she discovers two troubled teens whose pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, Claire Ward and Will Yablonski’s names are now added to a case made up of unanswered questions.
Joining forces with pathologist Dr. Maura Isles, the two must put aside their troubled friendship seeing as they are the only hope these children have of staying alive! But whom can they really trust? Will they discover the shocking truth in time to rid the world of an obsessed killer on a twisted quest?
This book has absolutely EVERYTHING a literary fanatic looks for in a thriller. Each and every chapter basically begins with a plot twist and ends in a cliff hanger! The pages are literally dripping with suspense and any attempts at trying to guess who the murderer is, is futile! Don’t even bother trying because trust me when I say you will be wrong!! As the story progresses more and more questions arise but the ones before haven’t been answered!
The scenes develop at such a fast pace that trying to keep up with the action actually sends the adrenaline pumping and goosebumbs rising! There’s never a moment of boredom and there is not one scene that I can pinpoint and say was unnecessary or was dragging! Everything had a purpose.
In most thriller novels, the readers are allowed to see different pieces of the puzzle of the plot and as the book progresses, are allowed to click the pieces together! Not in this book! Oh no, no, no! The author allows us to see all the pieces spread out on the table but it’s not until the very end that she slams the finished puzzle before us and we end up gawking and wondering how on earth we got here!!
The characters are probably what makes this book so memorable! Every one of them is a victim of something devastating and being brought together they have to learn to fight the inner ghosts of their pasts as well as the demons of the future! They’re all so different in their backgrounds but it’s the single danger they all face that unites them.
I cannot even stress on how amazing this book is! Truly gripping, heart-pumping action that will leave your eyes wide open for days after you’ve closed the last page!