Book Review: The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

The Blurb:

“It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city’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 city’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 that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks….”



  What I thought:

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 similar modus operandi to his predecessor, The Surgeon; in fact some of the details and clues that The Apprentice leaves behind were not even released to the public and, being the lead investigator on the case, Jane Rizzoli is having a horrid case of déjà-vu. And just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, her old nemesis The Surgeon escapes from jail…

In this book, Jane Rizzoli plays a larger part that the first book, stepping to the fore in all her ass-kicking glory. I completely love her character and the fact that we get to see and know her vulnerable side as well as her bossy, no nonsence side. As well as trying to track down a new killer and an old foe, she also has to deal with another thorn in her side in the shape of dishy FBI agent, Gabriel Dean who has an uncanny knack of appearing by her side when he isn’t wanted.

This is also the first book in which Medical Examiner, Maura Isles, makes an appearance (despite it being called the Rizzoli and Isles series, she isn’t present in the first book). Maura is just as aloof as Rizzoli, working hard to assert herself in a mans game, but she is notably different by her cool and methoidcal approch to her work (and black hair and red lipstick which earns her the nickname of “Queen of the Dead”).

Once again, this is fast-paced and thrilling: Tess Gerritsen certainly knows how to develop and deliver a cracking read! Once again, I whipped through this in just a couple of days and dove straight into the next one…..

(source: I bought this book myself)


  Have you read any Gerritsen yet? If not, what are you waiting for?




11 thoughts on “Book Review: The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

  1. Wow, another great book! You’d expect there would be some less brilliant books – she can’t shine all the time, can she? Very nice. I still maintain that one Gerritsen at a time with a few other books inbetween works best for me.

    But for you, it’s so nice you’ve found yourself a new author that you really like. How did you find her again?


  2. I’m a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen, i’ve read all her books,when i started collecting them,i had no idea there was so many! Her earlier books do lack a bit of punch… her new Rizzoli and Isles is out July!…can’t wait! 🙂


  3. Wow! This sounds really great, especially since I too tend to try to space out books by authors I enjoy so that I always have something in my back pocket… the fact that you’ve devoured these books so quickly makes me think I really need to give them a try! I’m always looking for good mysteries, and I’m sure these would fit the bill.


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