Last to Die
By Tess Gerritsen
Ballantine Books, 2012, 352 pgs. Mystery
Just to get my disappointment out of the way, I will start with the negatives. This is the tenth book in the popular Rizzoli and Isles series and was actually not focused on Detective Rizzoli or Dr. Isles. There was little interaction between the friends themselves, and they were not in the story a lot of the time. After the other books in the series (and even the television show) this one lacked the characters that are so prominent in the other books. I think this made me wish for more the entire book. If you love the series for Rizzoli and Isles then this may be a let down.
However, as a mystery, this book was enjoyable. The subject was different from Gerritsen's other novels. This mystery involved three unrelated children that first are orphaned when their parents are murdered, then again when their foster parents or guardians are also attacked. They are all sent to a school in middle of nowhere called Evensong where they will be educated and taken care of, but also protected as the story unfolds. Rizzoli and Isles see the similarities in their histories and realize it is all a bigger plot. The students all get a lot of time in the book as they are the ones in danger, but also trying to figure out what is happening that connects them and even their teachers. Everything is concluded nicely in the end, and there are a couple of twists that I didn't expect. It was a quick, easy read and even though I missed the characters, it developed in to an interesting mystery.