By Cassie Valencia
It’s no secret that the jungles of Africa are a dangerous place, riddled with a hundred different species that could kill you in the blink of an eye if you’re not careful. But what happens when the thing that kills you is part of your own species? In Tess Gerritsen’s eleventh installment of the Rizzoli & Isles mystery series, entitled Die Again (Ballantine Books, 2014), this is exactly what happens.
Told in multiple points of view, and at different points in time, this book tells the story of Millie, dragged on a safari she never wanted any part of, as, one-by-one, her tour group is killed by what they soon discover is not the threats they were expecting in the wild of Botswana. Meanwhile, Det. Jane Rizzoli, of Boston PD, and her medical examiner, partner, and friend, Dr. Maura Isles, investigate the murder of big-game hunter, Leon Gott. Their investigation takes a dramatic turn when they learn that Gott’s estranged son was killed on the same African safari where only one survivor remained. It’s not long before they start discovering even more connections and discover that Millie might not have been the only survivor.
In a race to connect the dots before yet another life is claimed, both the characters and readers alike discover twist after twist in this heart-pounding installment of Gerritsen’s best-selling series. Like all the novels that preceded it, Gerritsen’s command of chilling description, suspense, and complex characterization grab hold of each reader and pulls them to the edge of their seat, making it nearly impossible to not turn the page.
In my own experience, I had really never read a more enjoyable or satisfying thriller series until I discovered Tess Gerritsen’s books, which inspired the hit TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Each case and novel is unique and consists of a new cast of characters to join the old in solving murders. The way Gerritsen puts herself into the shoes of serial killers and victims will send chills down your spine.
I would recommend Die Again one thousand percent. I enjoyed it immensely and I feel that it is a must-read for anybody that enjoys thriller or mystery novels.