The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Boston detective Jane Rizzoli hasn't completely recovered from the near-death experience at the hands of a serial killer (The Surgeon) that left her scarred and scared, but that doesn't keep her from going after a copycat murderer whose modus operandi is disturbingly familiar. Warren Hoyt may still be behind bars, but Jane thinks there's a connection between him and the man the police call the Dominator, based on the way this new fiend subdues and violates his victims before he kills them. Political interference from an FBI agent who seems to know more about the Dominator than anyone else only intensifies Jane's determination to solve the case. When Hoyt escapes from prison and teams up with his blood brother to take revenge on the policewoman who put him there, the pace of this truly frightening thriller picks up and drives the narrative to its violent conclusion.
This is not a book for the faint hearted. From the first blood soaked page to the last you are drawn into the world of a very calm killer and a very intense policewoman. This book weaves a complex tale without being complicated, you can see all the whole thing unfold in front of you and you get to understand it just as Rizzoli does. What I like most is that there is no backing away from the nastier parts of the investigation. We get to hear all the gory details making the reader feel part of the story, but the thing that sets these books apart is the glimpse into our killers head. His internal dialogue that makes it truly a book I couldn't put down. I didn't just read this book I devoured it and I look forward to doing the same with book 3.
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