Book #52 was The Apprentice, the 2nd book in Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli series. The back of the book reads:
It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the cityâ€™s woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.
The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the cityâ€™s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least thatâ€™s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred herâ€”literally and figurativelyâ€”she is determined to finally end Hoytâ€™s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.
But Rizzoli isnâ€™t counting on the U.S. governmentâ€™s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isnâ€™t counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta. . . .
Filled with superbly created charactersâ€”and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademarkâ€”The Apprentice is Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two.
This book was merely ok for me. I’m not in love with any of the characters, and I don’t think Jane Rizzoli is developed very well. She’s pretty one sided. There’s a slight attempt at some romance but it’s not very compelling. And the climax of this book happens very quickly and is almost anti-climatic.
Page count: 344 | Word count: 95,521