The Apprentice (Review)

Title: The Apprentice

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Publication Year: 2002

Pages: 400

Genre: Fiction, Crime

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

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. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her — literally and figuratively — she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.

But Rizzoli isn’t counting on the U.S. government’s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn’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 characters — and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark — 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 is the second book in the Rizzoli & Isles series, after The Surgeon.)

Even though this book is really a continuation of the storyline of the first in the series, it was still equally as entertaining. I loved the opportunity to get deeper into the characters without the distraction of a completely new case.

In particular, I loved the addition in this volume of the character of Maura Isles. I was surprised – though not in a bad way, to be honest – with the ways in which her character is different in the books from in the television series. I think I actually strongly prefer the version in the books! Her looks and even many of her character traits are very different, and I find myself thinking that she seems much more realistic than in her television portrayal.

While I found Rizzoli a bit too abrasive in The Surgeon, I felt like The Apprentice gave her character a bit more depth and likability. It was definitely a contributing factor to my decision to continue reading the series.


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