Rizzoli & Isles #10
SYNOPSIS: 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 fourteen, 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 meets 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. – via Goodreads
The first time I read this book, I liked it and then I didn’t. Now? I quite enjoyed it. The story barreled along, featured enough conspiracy to keep me happy (come on, it is hard to resist). The writing was tight and neat and flowed effortlessly. I expected a bigger plot twist than the one we ultimately got, but it didn’t fall flat or anything like that. Anthony Sansone’s character was quite different in this entry than any of the others, and I do enjoy reading about him. I really (as always) wish that there was more about Gabriel in here, he is a great character. Maura and Jane actually spent a bit of time in this one working things out, which has been teased at for ages. An aspect of Last To Die that irritated the hell out of me was the stupid drama with Jane’s parents. It continually came up, and that Angela would actually consider taking that cheating bastard back because he has been booted out by his floozy to come back home because Angela is his possession irritates me. If she makes that call, she is setting feminism and her self worth back way too far. I quite liked the setting, too, at Evensong school, and I was a big fan of reading more about Julian and his loyal dog, Bear. They are two characters I am glad return, and that Julian got some time to shine here was well worth the read. I must say that this book focused quite a lot on all the characters for a change, and not too much on just Maura or just Jane, which is quite nice (except more Gabriel, please). This was a decent addition to the series, although not perfect, it was an entertaining and fast read.