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.
Listened for Review
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: I love Rizzoli & Isles! This was a great case and the school was a fantastic twist!
My Thoughts on the Case: Last to Die served up my favorite kind of Rizzoli & Isles case, the ones that involve everyone on an equal scale. There was plenty of nose to the ground police work done and enough forensics to keep you guessing. The case itself was very interesting and disturbing. I will warn you that the case(s) involved children or more accurately teenagers. Each of the teenagers in Last to Die had survived an earlier incident in which their entire families had been killed. Now they are all going to the same “very special” school and it appears that someone is after them. The case is chilling at times and emotionally enduring. The Jackals (which you will just have to read to find out whom I am referring too) are going to win you over. They were my favorite part!
My Thoughts on the Characters: Last to Die finally brought Rizzoli and Isles closer to being BFFs again. I was thrilled to see all the characters that I have grown to love over the series have their time to shine. The addition of the Jackals was a great addition and I hope they are in future books. Tess Gerritsen writes really good characters and fans of the series won’t be disappointed in Last to Die.
Audio Thoughts: Narrated by Tanya Eby with a running time of 10 hrs and 28 mins this is one of my favorite series on audio. I have listened to each of them through the narration and haven’t been disappointed once. The pacing and characterization is spot-on.
Final Thoughts: Fans of the Rizzoli and Isles series will not want to miss this latest addition.