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The Apprentice

(Rizzoli & Isles #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  55,234 ratings  ·  2,205 reviews
The bestselling author of The Surgeon returns, and so does that chilling novel's diabolical villain. Though held behind bars, Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, seeming to bequeath his evil legacy to a student all-too-diligent . . . and all-too-deadly.


It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which
Paperback, 376 pages
Published 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)
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Emily The author recommends reading them in order. Please refer to her comments in her own blog here: I read my fi…moreThe author recommends reading them in order. Please refer to her comments in her own blog here: I read my first one out of order, then decided to come back and start with #1. Now I've read #2, and I do agree that these should be read in order as the plots and characters continue to develop, and past events are referred to extensively (at least in book #2).(less)
Cheryl I'm right there with you. I am a fan of the television series and wanted to read the books. How Jane was written in the books actually made me angry! …moreI'm right there with you. I am a fan of the television series and wanted to read the books. How Jane was written in the books actually made me angry! As I am finishing the last few books in the series; she definitely becomes more likable character. Maura will also grow on you.(less)

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Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2019, tv-series
Man, I love this series!

I think I kinda wrote these books off as light and fluffy, because of the tv show. I've only watched a couple episodes but my mom loved it. The show Rizzoli & Isles was light and a little funny, think of a show like Bones or Castle. I love Bones but its not dark or heavy hitting. So I assumed (and we all know what happens when you assume) it would be closer to the tv show.

Its not... and in the best way.

In book 2 Jane Rizzoli is our main character but Maura Isles is sti
Shaikha Alahmad
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Is this all we are? A necklace of chemicals? Where, in the double helix, does the soul lie?"

Medical student or not, you will learn a lot from Tess Gerritsen's books with pure enjoyment. If you like your crime medicine strong, this will keep you gripped. Rizzoli & Isles is the perfect series! 😍


A series of horrific murders seem disturbingly familiar to Detective Jane Rizzoli. They remind her of those committed by a killer known as the Surgeon, who they recently put behind bars.
While they
Update from Reread 5/1: My original rating and comments stand. Just as good the second time around.

It's been a year since Jane Rizzoli's encounter with the now jailed Surgeon and she's still recovering. Not so much from her physical wounds but the deeper ones no one can see. When she's called to a crime scene by another detective from a different squad, Rizzoli must face the horror all over again as she finds similarities to the Surgeon's work.

Things are also compounded when an FBI agent insert
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A new serial killer has come to Boston and Detective Jane Rizzoli is called to the latest crime scene when there are similarities to a former case she worked on which resulted in the capture and arrest of Warren “The Surgeon” Hoyt. Hoyt is now in prison, so these latest murders must be the work of a copycat. Then Hoyt escapes and it seems he’s now joined forces with this new killer, The Dominator.

This book was enjoyable enough, but disappointing as well. I was looking forward to reading about Th
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Tess Gerritsen Fans Group Link - my 2nd read

Is Serial-killer Warren Hoyt from "The Surgeon" back (book #1's murderer)? Hoyt has been locked up for 1 year in Massachusetts' Walpole State Prison. Det.Rizzoli helped find & arrest him.

"The Apprentice " murders have a similar technique while he is locked up. Hoyt tied victims with duct tape, killed 1 woman at a time & left folded nightgowns as his Dominator's sign of control.

The Apprentice kills couples & resemble Hoyt's. Dr. Yeager (first victi
“It’s the heat,” said Rizzoli as she reached for her cell phone. “It brings the monsters out.”

It has been a year since the events that took place in The Surgeon. Detective Jane Rizzoli thought serial killer Warren Hoyt was safely locked away in prison and that she could move on. But a new series of brutal murders suggests that there may be someone out there who admires Hoyt and is basing his attacks using the same techniques that Hoyt used. That is what Rizzoli thinks. She is also finding that e
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the serial killer known as the Surgeon behind bars, Detective Jane Rizzoli can breathe easy and get on with her life. Or can she? When a murder victim is found with his wife clearly tortured and abducted, there is a chilling signature of the Surgeon's work and perhaps a hint that he is not entirely finished with Jane.

A very creepy, thriller which manages to raise the tension to the max without a host of murders. An excellent follow up to The Surgeon and an introduction to forensic pathologi
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, z2018, ebook, faves
These books are SO good. Well, this is only the second book that I have read in the series but they are so good! This one wasn't as good as book one, I think the story was the reason why, but I did give book one 4.5 stars so its not that much of a step down. If all crime novels were like this, I would definitely read more crime novels!

I think Gerritsen is a terrific writer and storyteller. I highlighted a couple of passages to show how good she is - "Even before they saw the body, the heard the
Crime by the Book
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this one while traveling - it was a perfect plane read! Totally gripping and chilling. I wouldn't have thought I'd be a fan of medical thrillers, but I really enjoy Gerritsen's writing - it's addictive and fascinating, with lots of detailed medical references that make the story that much more authentic. ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-goal, mysteries
Other than a two week break between the first half and second half, this mystery was a page turner!! New characters and a new psychopath with ties to the last book.

Jane Rizzoli may not be the easiest chick to like but she rocks girl power and demands respect. Not only is she underestimated by the criminals, but by some of the good guys too.

I really like this series— well written, full of twists and the author builds suspense by unfolding the storyline thru her characters. Plenty of tense momen
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
4.5 Stars! Awesome follow up to book 1, The Surgeon! Intense doesn't begin to describe The Apprentice. This is on-the-edge of your seat, heart-racing, scared-to-turn-the-lights off suspense! It's been a year since Jane put away the Surgeon. Physically, she's healed, but mentally & emotionally - she's got a long ways to go. And now she's called to the scene of a horrific murder in another district . . . one that mimics those perpetrated by the Surgeon. Jane's nightmares come rushing back as she i ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When I finished reading The Surgeon, I was way too excited to put my hands on the next book of this series and read it. Unfortunatelly, I only could do it months later, but I did it well. I read The Apprentice in one day and a half. This rarely happens! I have seen that it's only a sugestion for you to read the series in order. I don't think so, though. I believe I wouldn't have understood it well if I haven't read The Surgeon first.

This second one is basically a sequel for The Surgeon. The "new
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of the Rizzoli & Isles tv show and with the fall hiatus, I decided to start reading the actual books. Full disclosure, I skipped The Surgeon (#1 in this series) because, honestly, Maura Isles is not in it. Sorry. Not interested.

I can definitely tell you, if you've watched the tv show, you can jump into this book first without any problems. The changes that were made for the tv show are, in my opinion, fairly minor in terms of characters and their relationships to each other (for ex
Tiffany PSquared
This was a random selection for me, I needed a new audiobook for the car, and I needed a book whose title starts with an "A" for a reading challenge. Check. Check.
I'm familiar with this series in the same way that I am familiar with the Kathy Reichs/Bones/Temperance Brennan series - I saw it on TV first. So, I automatically have those actors running around in my mind every time I read any of those books.
I enjoyed The Apprentice. At 90% complete, I started to worry that Gerritsen would make a hor
This is the second book by Tess Gerritsen that I've read. I must say this was as good or better than The Surgeon.I'm addicted to this series and I will be reading all of them.

Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, ebook
Thriller. The serial killer known as the Surgeon is back to menace Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli, but Rizzoli is way too stubborn and angry to let him get away with that for long.

The first book in this series really pissed me off. Its portrayal of rape and gender was completely offensive and the clumsy writing and unsympathetic characters only made the problem worse.

Gerritsen corrects some of those mistakes in this book. For example, the text does a better job of distinguishing between
Laura Peden
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Apprentice is the first book I have read of Tess Gerritsen, and I was impressed with the way Tess Gerritsen portrays her characters especially Jane Rizzoli and Detective Korsak. I am also impressed that the Rizzoli and Isles TV show does represent the books.

Detective Jane Rizzoli is still recovering from her encounter with The Surgeon when couples are starting to die in Boston with the similar characteristic of The Surgeon. The readers of The Apprentice will start to wonder if there is a cop
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG another from Ms. Gerritsen, and what a book it is.

First off, it's second in a series which is hard-hitting, full of forensic and medical detail, and characters you are gonna love, hate, then love again. Its characters make mistakes - gross mistakes - and learn to deal with the aftermath by plowing on in one direction: to get their man, or woman, or unsub, or whoever it is who's dealing out death in such a horrific manner.

Did I say horrific? The story begins with a body splattered all over a
Shweta Grewal
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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My Review - 2 1/2 Not my cup of tea

What a total let down, I cannot believe this was written by the same author, The Surgeon was almost perfection in my mind, so to get a total boring, what was the point follow up was beyond disappointing.

This read like a debut, repetition continuously. I understand the details needed for those that didn't read The Surgeon but even if you didn't it became insanely unnecessary.

There was no mystery to me in this book, so The Surgeon escapes from prison
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the continuation of the Surgeons travesty’s and the introduction of the Dominator, this book has a lot going for it. We get the first sneak peak at Dr Maura Isles, and a continuation of the amazing Jane Rizzoli, badass kickass cop. Finished this book with the craving for more.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
A much stronger novel than THE SURGEON, but follows closely in its footsteps. Gerritsen offers a wonderful 'thriller' aspect to the novel and keeps the reader on their toes. ...more
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
"It’s like getting too close to fire. We’re drawn to it, even though we know damn well it’ll burn us."
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First Sentence: Today I watched a man die.

This is one of those series that you don't read one book directly after the other. You have to give it time, forget some of the exact detail of the prevision book.
Or maybe it's just because we're dealing with the same killer, but for me there were to many things that were a copy of the previous book.

I again struggled with the pacing and writing style n
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
After reading the utterly brilliant first book in Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, The Surgeon, I couldn’t wait a single second more to get stuck into the next in the series. I hoped it would be every bit as good……and it was! Infact, as I write this I am half way through #8 in the series (never before have I read any single authors books back-to-back until now).

The Apprentice is the moniker given to a new serial killer stalking wealthy couples in Boston, a killer who has a strikingly simila
Iza Brekilien
... so I moved on and bought the next, that I read during one day while I had other people cooking for January the 1st, he he ! Reading, eating good food, relaxing, one of my favourite ways of spending a day.

I liked The apprentice even better than I liked The surgeon. Maybe because there was less romance ? I love Jane's acerbic and go-get-it personality, she makes me think of D.D. Warren. A woman in an universe of men, she has to work twice as much to be at least aknowledged.

I kept guessing who
I loved this one. ( Read Further.) Maybe she has some more like this. Listened on Audio and did not want to stop. Suspense and story line would have given it a 5, but the "romance" is what always dull the book for me. I do know many readers like that, but I am straight suspense girls and that is why I do not read books by certain authors-though- popular that often. If it was not for that, I would be adding it to my "top books" shelf for the year, but that ruined doing that. ...more
Another great read by Tess Gerritson. Not for the faint hearted. Crime scenes are very descriptive and just the way I like it. If you like a gutsy crime serial killer read, well I advise you to get stuck into this book. If you haven't read book one The Surgeon, I highly advise you start with this book first. ...more
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Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller

Other books in the series

Rizzoli & Isles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1)
  • The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)
  • Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4)
  • Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles, #5)
  • The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles, #6)
  • The Keepsake (Rizzoli & Isles, #7)
  • Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles, #8)
  • The Silent Girl (Rizzoli & Isles, #9)
  • Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles, #10)
  • Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11)

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