I’m thrilled to be taking part in the tour for the latest in the Rizzoli & Isles series. Many thanks to Random Things Tours and Transworld Books for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The murder of Sofia Suarez is both gruesome and seemingly senseless. Why would anyone target a respected nurse who was well-liked by her friends and her neighbours? As Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles investigate the baffling case, they discover that Sofia was guarding a dangerous secret — a secret that may have led the killer straight to her door.
Meanwhile, Jane’s mother Angela Rizzoli is conducting an investigation of her own. She may be a housewife, not a police detective, but she’s savvy enough to know there’s something very strange, perhaps even dangerous, about the new neighbours across the street. The problem is, no one believes her, not even her own daughter.
Immersed in the hunt for Sofia’s killer, Jane and Maura are too busy to pay attention to Angela’s fears. With no one listening to her, and danger mounting in her neighbourhood, Angela just may be forced to take action on her own…
The Review: I love the TV series that’s come from these books but hadn’t read anything of the books, except for the second one. Having read that book I knew there were differences between the books and the TV series so I was prepared for those here as well.
I loved this book. As shown in the blurb above it’s not just about investigating one murder, there are other parts to the story as well. Each chapter or chapters focus on a different main character in the story, showing their perspective and giving an insight into how that linked into the story overall. The story progresses through the changing perspectives and it was really interesting to see how each person’s experiences added to the story.
The other thing I loved was the detail. The story felt quite fast-paced to me but it also showed the questions and frustrations of an investigation. It shows brilliantly all of the work and effort that goes in to trying to find the truth, and in doing that it also shows how hard it can be to do that, especially when it’s not clear why something has happened, or the investigation doesn’t seem to be moving forward.
As I’ve said I loved this book. I was itching to read it the minute it arrived and when I did read it, it didn’t disappoint. I would say I found the book darker than the TV series (which I liked) but also easy to follow because of my existing knowledge of the characters. I’ve been wanting to read this series for some time now and having taken the chance on this book I’ve realised I definitely need to go back and pick up the others that I’ve not read. This is a series I feel I can get stuck into and, for me, that is always a source of joy.
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.