Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

84%

11 Critic Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a tautly written thriller.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
For the second time in his short life, fourteen-year-old Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Orphaned once more when his foster family is murdered, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn vital skills of survival. But even behind locked gates, Jane fears that Evensong’s benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. And when she learns of two other students whose 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 medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane races to stop an obsessed killer’s twisted quest—before an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate.
 
Don’t miss Tess Gerritsen’s short story “John Doe,” and a sneak peek of her novel, Girl Missing, in the back of the book.
 
“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.”—The Providence Journal
 
“[Tess] Gerritsen has a knack for creating great characters and mysterious plots that seem straightforward but also dazzle with complexity and twists.”—Associated Press
 
“An exciting and puzzling mystery . . . [Last to Die] is a key book in a series that keeps getting better and better.”—Bookreporter
 
“Gerritsen skillfully heightens the tension right up to the suspenseful ending.”—Booklist
 

About Tess Gerritsen

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Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller, Harvest. Among her other blockbusters are Ice Cold, The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish (nominated for the Edgar and winner of the Nero), Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, and The Surgeon. Her latest novel is The Silent Girl. TNT’s new original series Rizzoli & Isles is based on Tess Gerritsen’s bestselling novels.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Other, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Last to Die
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Sep 01 2012

Purplish prose and a wildly baroque ending won’t deter a devoted fan base.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jul 16 2012

Gerritsen pulls things together nicely by the end as she crafts several sequences that will leave readers anxious about the outcome.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Aug 24 2012

This is a key book in a series that keeps getting better and better.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a tautly written thriller.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by David Stephenson on Aug 26 2012

Where Gerritsen excels is in the plot and the detail. On the page, no grisly morsel is spared.

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Look At OKC

Above average
Reviewed by John Harrington on Oct 14 2012

“Rizzoli & Isles: Last to Die”... by Tess Gerritsen is another well-done thriller from the author...the remaining children become targets for an evil and sinister plot.

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Huntington News

Below average
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Aug 27 2012

Gerritsen weaves in personal details from the lives of Jane and Maura, but they seem strained. I think it's time for the partnership -- however productive it may have been in the past -- to be dissolved.

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Kings River Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Lorie Lewis Ham

...as always she weaves an intricate, interesting mystery and brings to life some wonderful characters–not just the regulars, but also these strong, broken kids.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Madeleine Marsh

...the real enjoyment of this novel lies in the twists and turns of the complex plot, in the picture of the past that Rizzoli slowly forms, and in the fierce protection, seclusion and mystery of the Mephisto Club's special school.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter on Sep 22 2012

Tess Gerritsen keeps the suspense taut in LAST TO DIE, a crime thriller sure to please aficionados of this series and great writing.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
Reviewed by Milo on Aug 16 2012

There are a number of red herrings along the way to steer you down one path or the other – only time will tell if you are walking down the right one.

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