Interesting plot line. I enjoyed the different cases that Rizzoli & Isles were working on coming together, and I thought the main gist of the caseInteresting plot line. I enjoyed the different cases that Rizzoli & Isles were working on coming together, and I thought the main gist of the case was very appropriate to what we learned about Maura in this book. I loved getting to know Maura more in this one, but had a hard time with the progression with Rizzoli. I blame the TNT tv series on that because all I picture when I read about Rizzoli is Angie Harmon and that's sooooooo not what the character in the book looks like! I'm trying to go with it. I will also say, I wasn't nuts about the very last chapter!! But I like this series and I'm looking forward to diving right into the next one!...more
**spoiler alert** Now we're talking! I really enjoyed this fifth installment in the Rizzoli & Isles series. This one was a nice blend of Jane &**spoiler alert** Now we're talking! I really enjoyed this fifth installment in the Rizzoli & Isles series. This one was a nice blend of Jane & Maura action, although for some reason I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Jane is both married and pregnant! (I blame the TNT series for this!!)
I loved the beginning of this book, where Maura is at work late and hears noises from the storage cooler...only to find a body that isn't so dead! That shocking open leads us into a tangle of government conspiracy, a hostage standoff, Jane in the hospital, and everyone looking for a woman named Mila!
I dug all of the twists in this story from the back-and-forth in the beginning to tell the backstory of Mila and Olena, to the new chapter for Jane as she finally finds her footing in the role of wife and mother, to the final whodunnit. This was what I'd been waiting for in the past few books: lots of suspense, plotlines with BOTH Maura and Jane, and an ending that I had to wait until the last minute to figure out! Great read!!...more
**spoiler alert** While the main content of this installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series was a bit weird, I loved how every few chapters a piece o**spoiler alert** While the main content of this installment in the Rizzoli and Isles series was a bit weird, I loved how every few chapters a piece of the puzzle clinked into place like a game of Tetrus. I love my mystery/suspense/thriller novels to work like this and Tess did not disappoint. There was a lot of history and ancient bits and pieces to this book, which I found very interesting (a few times we wavered on the edge of too much, but thankfully never crossed over.) I actually enjoyed the three different plot lines and watching them come together...it really made you want to read faster to find out how things would turn out. Tess totally had me hooked from the grisly murder in the beginning, but I really thought we'd have one interesting wackadoo to unravel at the end and I guess it didn't turn out quite as I expected (not necessarily a bad thing!)
I was not that into The Mephisto group (although I can see the draw with secret societies and all that.) I was surprised that Dr. O'Donnell actually got killed off (she's been such a pain in the butt in this series that I thought for sure that Maura would save her.) And I was not overly impressed with the "walking off into the sunset ending" but I get it. It did make me wonder if we were going to see these characters again.
I will add a few notes about the "progression" of some of the main characters in this series:
1) I miss the Gabriel from the first two books. He was tough and mysterious and a bit edgy. In this book he was so soft! I know we are supposed to focus on Jane and Maura, but I miss Gabriel getting his FBI on!
2) Not sure yet how I feel about the tackling of Maura's relationship with Father Brophy. We've been dancing with it for a while now, and sometimes that got a bit annoying, but I'm not sure this is the way to confront Maura's issues with her faith. Maybe it just needs to grow on me a bit.
On that note, I have noticed that a lot of the past four books have had to do with Maura's faith and testing what she believes and doesn't believe. I'm not sure if it is in an effort to make her a more complex character or is a personal fascination for Tess.
**spoiler alert** Now we've got a series! Loved the character development of Rizzoli and the introduction of Dr. Isles. And I have a feeling that we'l**spoiler alert** Now we've got a series! Loved the character development of Rizzoli and the introduction of Dr. Isles. And I have a feeling that we'll be seeing a lot more of Agent Dean as this series unfolds!! I learned just after I started this book that Tess originally intended to kill off Rizzoli at the end of the first book, so it was nice to see her character fleshed out.
I knew where this book was going, but it didn't slow me down any in zipping through this to see how we would get there. There were a few things I wished would have gotten resolved (what ever happened to Airplane Man??), but all in all I enjoyed this. It really sets you up for a series and it brought the "bitch on wheels" a little more down to earth. I have the next book in the series right next to me and I can't wait to get started to see where we go next (and what else Warren Hoyt has up his lucky-to-still-be-alive sleeve...although I have an idea on that, too!!)...more