THE APPRENTICE by TESS GERRITSEN.
The Surgeon has been locked up for a year but his chilling legacy still haunts the city, and especially Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. But now a new killer is at work and Rizzoli senses something horrifyingly familiar about this murderer's modus operandi. Grim coincidence? Or more terrifying still, could these two monsters have somehow made contact?
It's when the FBI starts taking an interest in the investigation that Rizzoli begins to wonder just what makes this case so different, so dangerous that the Feds feel the need to get involved. But then the unthinkable happens: the Surgeon escapes. And suddenly there are two brilliant, twisted killers on the loose - master and apprentice, united in their hunt for the most challenging prey of all: the very woman who is hunting them.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): Today I watched a man die.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 268): Though he was gone, his presence had imprinted the very air. If it was possible for malevolence to linger, then surely this place was now contaminated.
MY THOUGHTS: Amazing, what a great read, be warned though it probably isn't for readers with a weak stomach as though there was nothing overly gratuitous about the violence in that it was used only when totally necessary to the plot when it was depicted it was fairly graphic.
Fast paced, a real page turner with one or two complete surprises (FBI agent Gabriel Dean's true involvement in the case I really didn't see coming), it was however the psychological insight into the characters of Rizzoli, and in particular 'The Surgeon' along with all of the forensics that made this book such a great read for me.
A bit disappointing that Warren Hoyt (aka The Surgeon) didn't feel like a truly unique character in that at times I felt I had met him before as Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lector, I also felt a tiny bit let down by the showdown between Rizzoli and 'The Apprentice' BUT the last scenes were so completely and utterly chilling as to make up for any of these shortcomings.
Part 2 in a series, do I wish I'd read part 1 first? Though I don't think it was totally necessary there were one or two references that made me feel it would have been beneficial.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A book exchange swap though I really did enjoy it now that I have read it and know what happens I won't be reading it again.
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