The Apprentice: (Rizzoli & Isles series 2) Paperback – 17 Jan 2005
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"A classic page-turner full of moments of heightened tension. Gerritsen is a craftswoman." (Daily Mirror)
If it's gripping, it's Gerritsen. The chilling follow-up to The Surgeon, and a Rizzoli and Isles bestseller.See all Product Description
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When I finished The Surgeon I assumed that the story ended, but it didn't - The Apprentice is very much a continuation of the theme and storyline. It's difficult to say too much for fear of spoiling things for anyone who has yet to read The Surgeon, but they certainly go hand-in-hand and I would suggest that the character of The Surgeon himself may yet reappear in the third of the series. In The Apprentice, events and feelings revolve closely around Boston detective Jane Rizzoli, single and in her early thirties, and very traumatised one year on from her nightmare experience with The Surgeon. Her partner in the previous book, Detective Thomas Moore, doesn't feature here although he is frequently mentioned. Instead, Rizzoli gradually finds herself developing what becomes something of an awkward alliance with a highly suspicious-acting FBI agent named Gabriel Dean. Despite her deep mistrust, she finds him very attractive and has to suppress her desires many times in the interests of retaining a professional image. They both have one thing in mind from that point of view - hunting down a psychopathic killer given the pseudonym of Dominator, who seems to be forming an alliance of his own with, of all people, the aforementioned Surgeon.Read more ›
In this story we follow Detective Jane Rizzoli again, as she is tracking a killer who is showing similar patterns to a previous killer who she arrested. Things get even worse when that killer himself breaks out of jail and gets back into the fold.
The story is decent, and Gerritsen is able to tell a nice enough story, but for me the book is pretty flat. It lacks the suspense, and dynamism that 'The Surgeon' and 'Body Double' have. In fact a better title for this book would be 'The Surgeon II' as it is more of a sequel to that book.
So a good enough read, but luckily for Gerritsen, she is capable of writing much better than in this book.
Never has a book gripped me in the way "The Apprentice" did. It grabbed me, reeled me in, and hooked me till the full-blown climactic finish. It is written with such passion, such unfaltering fervour, that Tess Gerritsen has now found a place in my heart.
She commands the language and prose used in such a way that she can mould the outcome with awe-inspiring result. The author pours all of her soul into the book and the way it is written made me truly horrified of the intensity and methodical view killers put on the subject of murdering women. The book radiates the author's disgust at the events, thus making the book last long in the memory and the mind.
The constant twists and turns make "The Apprentice" and absolutely awesome read. Has to be read to be understood. A gem.
Once again Rizzoli is the heroine of the story and though we encounter Isles again we really don't see much of her at all as things stand. I liked Korsak a great deal though I was less sure about the new FBI chap Dean.....he's a little too slick for my liking.
It leaves you at the end with a cliffhanger which was cleverly done. I had wondered where things would be left as I was very aware I had almost finished it. Can't wait to get to the next one. Once again there were some very funny little remarks in it. I liked her nice little acknowledgement at the beginning about 9/11 as well.
This perhaps needs a formatting investigation as it was either in a tiny font or huge-no stages in-between on whichever device I was reading it on. I had to look up a lot of the medical words used and one of them-periapical-even the on-board dictionary was baffled about but luckily I located it on Google. I've also never heard the term "lamb in the chute". Here we use "lamb to the slaughter".
A series I'd recommend for sure, though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. The book kept me guessing right until the very end. Can't wait to read the next book in this series.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, great sequel for the series and highly recommended! Easy enough for a casual read but gripping enough to want read it all the timePublished 1 month ago by Sophie Merryweather
Only recently discovered this series of thrillers. Hope the rest are as good as the first two.Published 2 months ago by Mr C I Mackenzie
The first book introduces Rizzoli, the second introduces Isles and the series really gets going from book 3.Published 2 months ago by roseli10
Couldn't believe how good this book was, was actually better than the first one which was incredible. A must read!Published 2 months ago by Purple