BOOK REVIEW: Chilling. This novel is fast paced and a true thriller. Tess Gerritsen’s female protagonist, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, is a very real character. She is strong and opinionated, but she has baggage that influences her – from a previous murder case and from being one of the few females to have succeeded in a male dominated profession. The insights Gerritsen offers the reader into the murderer’s mind that enforce the concept of hunter and prey are haunting.
I’d had The Apprentice on my TBR pile for quite a while. Why? Although the book summary intrigued me, I was not sure about my tolerance for the gruesome details it would contain. I was surprised to find that although the descriptions of the murder scenes in this story were very graphic, I didn’t find them overly disturbing. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this novel for the squeamish however – I enjoy TV shows such as Bones, Criminal Minds and Silent Witness, so they may have hardened me somewhat to images of autopsy tables etc.
Gerritsen expertly builds the tension through The Apprentice – its suspense and compelling characters made this a book very hard to put down.
This book counts towards my participation in the Global Reading Challenge (North America).
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