Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Last to Die

This is another series I read with a group on Goodreads and finished earlier this year. This book series was developed into the television series Rizzoli & Isles that aired on TNT starring Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander. The books are much grittier than the television show, however.

Claire Ward, Will Yablonski and Teddy Clock all have something in common. The three teens share a traumatic past where they not only survived attacks on their families but on the families who subsequently took them in after the deaths of their parents. Now, they’re all at Evensong, the school located in a remote area in Maine that is associated with Anthony Sansone. Jane Rizzoli is investigating the most recent attack perpetrated against Teddy’s foster family and she’s responsible for placing him at Evensong. Coincidentally, Maura is at the school visiting Julian, the boy who saved her in Wyoming. Jane and Maura team up to investigate the coincidence they don’t believe is just that.

This was the most difficult mystery to solve to date. Finding a connection between these teens and their families, if any, was elusive. I finally decided I’d just go with the flow of a good story and follow it wherever it lead. It was highly interesting, especially as we got the points of view of so many of the characters. And, another new narrator who nails Jane Rizzoli and paces the story adeptly. But, I wasn’t a fan of her male voices, which were over exaggerated to the point of being annoying. Overall, though, it was a strong performance.

While not my most favorite in the series, this was one of the more compelling. There’s a lot going on, beginning with the initial investigation in Boston involving Teddy Clock. There’s a big twist at the end that I never saw coming. And, I’m not quite sure how to interpret the ending. Stay tuned.

Book Info

  • Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Series: Rizzoli & Isles #10
  • Narrator: Tanya Eby
  • Audio Length: 10 hours, 33 minutes




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17 thoughts on “Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen”

  1. As a series of books, I’ve enjoyed reading some of these, but while some read well, others are a hit and miss affair and took me a bit to get into, especially as they bear no resemblance to the TV show, which I also enjoyed.

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    1. The series takes a big turn after the first book. In fact, Jane Rizzoli was unlikable (to me) and the author hadn’t planned to develop the series around her. I highly recommend trying the second book to see if it has more appeal. If it hadn’t been for the group read, I’m not sure I would have continued.

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  2. I read this one back in 2013 so only rated it but did not write a review. I know I enjoyed it, but only gave it 4 stars. Nice review Jonetta. I agree, it was not the best in the series.


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