Author: Tess Gerritsen
Series: Rizzoli & Isles #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Strong women
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘I’m here to visit a patient,’ said Maura.
Stare death in the face
Forensice Pathologist Maura Isles unzips a body bag and gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. The woman is rushed to hospital, where she murders a guard and seizes hostages, including a heavily pregnant Detective Jane Rizzoli.
No one knows who this woman is, or what she wants. Only Jane, trapped with the madwoman, can solve the mystery.
If she survives the night…
Even after reading the blurb, this story was NOTHING like what I expected. Which was wonderful. Rizzoli’s soon-to-be-born child and the way in which she copes with this is a heart rending storyline that travels along beautifully with the overarching tale of conspiracy, mystery and hostage taking. Again, Gerritsen’s use of altering points of views brings this story to life in a way that makes it completely impossible to put down.
The conspiracies, murder and hostage situation that is the main story had me chewing on my fingernails as I turned each page. Literally! The fact that Jane is forced to go through this whilst still pregnant, and Gabriel and Moira’s struggle to accept what is happening just makes the story all the more distressing. It is much easier to see their love for Rizzoli as they continuously lose their minds at her entrapment. Likewise, it is wonderful to see how much Gabriel truly loves his wife – their marriage is not just about her pregnancy, but also built upon their love and care for one another.
As someone who is often asked when I’m going to have children (and is also interested in pursuing her own career), the idea of having a baby is quite honestly terrifying. Rizzoli’s echo of this and her insecurity are a great reminder that there are many people who feel this way. Her confusion at motherhood and the fact that she is convinced that she is doing something wrong is one of the most reassuring things I have read in a story in a long time. It is a reminder that not all women are naturally maternal, and although Jane finally finds her own speed with motherhood, it does take a while for her to feel comfortable in this position.
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