It's been a bit since I read my last Rizzoli & Isles book...and while this one was mostly focused on Maura, I am still a huge fan of these books....moreIt's been a bit since I read my last Rizzoli & Isles book...and while this one was mostly focused on Maura, I am still a huge fan of these books. This one was a bit different because it took a different tack then the others...the ladies weren't investigating some shooting or dead body they found...Maura was the "victim" and a bigger, more sinister plot sprang up from there. It's hard to say a lot about this without giving the plot away...but there were blinding snowstorms, creepy cult leaders, mistaken identities, pursuits throught the wilderness, mysterious deaths, friendships and relationships on the rocks, and a Lost Boy! I was surprised and still left guessing through the twists and turns. And Ms. Gerritsen left some great loose strings at the end that I am positive will resurface at a later date. Well done, Tess, well done!(less)
Finally!! I thought this was an interesting departure from the norm for the Rizzoli & Isles series. You can tell that Ms. Gerritsen is excited abo...moreFinally!! I thought this was an interesting departure from the norm for the Rizzoli & Isles series. You can tell that Ms. Gerritsen is excited about the topic of Egyptology and she was able to translate that in the book without overwhelming the reader. (less)
This was a great thriller/mystery/whodunnit with a few issues that I will forgive as it was the author's first work of fiction.
My biggest problem w...more This was a great thriller/mystery/whodunnit with a few issues that I will forgive as it was the author's first work of fiction.
My biggest problem with this book was the switch back & forth between French & English. I get that it takes place in Montreal & there is a huge population that only speak French in that region. However, I'm pretty sure that they could pick up the french version of the book...the rest of us can imagine the characters speaking in french just fine!
My other major issue with this book is similar to my problem with the first book Tess Gerritsen wrote (must be something about doctors who become writers)...waaaaay too much clinical language. We are not scientists (well, most of us, I'd imagine.) Keep it simple...and short...three pages on X-ray spectralysis was too much for me and you almost lost me when you went on and on about the saws...I get how it impacted the case, but it's ok to summarize here!
Otherwise, I thought this a very good first novel. Lots of twisty-turny moments. I could feel Tempe trying to get those ideas to pop out from the back of her mind, could sense her frustration and loved the dynamics between her & the various police personnel. I am anxious to see where we go from here.
And I know a lot of other people comment on the relationship between these novels & the tv series, Bones, but as much as I like to compare, I'm treating them as totally different beings (because they really are...anyone who has seen the show will know that right off and quite frankly, these books came first, so I'm more than happy to keep them in a different cabinet in my apartment from the DVDs of the tv series, which I absolutely love by the way!)(less)