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…
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.
My thoughts: I’ve been a Tess Gerritsen fan for a long time, so the new Rizzoli and Isles book was bound to be exciting. And it doesn’t disappoint. I love that Angela, Rizzoli’s mum, is running her own neighbourhood investigation too. She’s pretty sure her daughter got her detective’s nose from her.
The murder of Sofia Suarez is baffling, a widowed nurse, she doesn’t seem to be a typical victim – was it a burglary gone wrong as it appears? Or does her recent Internet search history hold the answers?
Meanwhile the quiet neighbourhood Angela lives in gets some new residents and there’s something odd about them. She’s going to find out what, and find a runaway teenage girl too. Even though the local police would prefer it if she didn’t get involved.
Cracking crime writing as always from the author, much more going on underneath than the apparently straightforward crimes appear. Sofia Suarez opened a whole can of worms and it can only end badly if the detectives can’t work it out fast. And Angela Rizzoli might be in serious trouble too.
I really enjoyed having a secondary story that was so fun and slightly less serious than the murder being investigated. The supporting characters have grown since the first book to become more interesting and more of a presence, adding to Rizzoli and Isles’ lives and helping them evolve into more rounded figures. Sometimes the other stuff, Isles’ piano playing in an orchestra of doctors, Rizzoli’s crazy family, is more interesting than the crimes they solve. I liked the way this one was linked into their lives in some ways – a colleague of the victim is in the same orchestra. It made it feel more realistic and also gave them another way into the victim’s life.
I keep thinking about authors whose work I want to go back and re-read and Tess Gerritsen is definitely one of those, I remember borrowing The Surgeon from the library when it was first published in 2001, and being completely thrilled by it. Her books have only gotten better.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.