Today Mandie takes over the blog with a review of Listen To Me, the brand new Rizzoli and Isles thriller from Tess Gerritsen. Thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the tour invite, and to publisher Transworld Books for the advance copy. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
Rizzoli & Isles return, in the nail-biting new thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.
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 watchful mother Angela Rizzoli is conducting an investigation of her own. She may be a grandmother, 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…
Listen to Me is the 13th book by Tess Gerritsen in the Rizzoli and Isles series and this is where I have to admit it is also the first one I have read. I do have all the others in my TBR pile, and I plan to play catch up very soon. Having said that you can read this book in isolation and not feel like you have missed anything that would detract from your enjoyment of the book.
Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are called to the murder of Sofia Suarez. The nurse appears to have been the victim of a robbery gone wrong but as Jane digs into the last few days of her life she finds that Sofia has been making a lot of calls that link back to the past. What she can’t work out is why and does it have anything to do with her murder. If that isn’t enough to be dealing with she also has to contend with her mother Angela who is convinced that there is something going on with her new neighbours and she wants Jane to check it out. Even when she is told to back off by the local police and Jane she just can’t let it go and it ends up putting her in danger.
The relationship between Jane and her mother can at times be quite funny especially when Angela thinks that Jane can just run roughshod over any police department and investigations just because she wants her to, but when push comes to shove Jane will always help her mother out when she can. I was a little confused by the opening chapter of the book and it did take me a little while to work out where it would fit in to the main crime but as I read further, things slowly managed to make more sense. Whilst I kind of worked out the links to events, I have to admit that I was initially wrong as to who committed the crime. Maura Isles did appear to be a little side-lined in this book, but I can see why this would be the case as a lot of the investigations took place outside their normal area.
The chapters were based on different people’s point of view on what was going on, helping the reader get more invested in the story and I found that this also helped with the pace of the book, keeping me turning page after page and ensuring I was hooked and finishing the book in a day. With a good blend of investigations and personal lives the characters are certainly not one dimensional and you find yourself immersed in their lives.
I was a big fan of the TV series inspired by the books and whilst I could hear the characters voices and see the similarities, there were also differences that gave a different view of the world of Rizzoli and Isles, and I would recommend everyone should delve in and discover it for themselves.
About the Author
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.
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