die again book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Homicide detective, Jane Rizzoli, and medical examiner, Maura Isles, have arrived at the latest crime scene and are greeted by a crime scene worthy of the king of the jungle, including claw marks on the victim’s body. But, due to the manner in which the corpse was left, it has been determined that only a sinister monster could have taken the infamous big-game hunter, Leon Gott, and left him hanging like one of his own trophies. Did Gott piss off the wrong animal rights activist? Or perhaps the renowned hunter eventually became the hunted?

As Rizzoli and Isles examine the crime scene, they soon realize that Gott is not the first victim and, if they can’t find the killer, he won’t be the last. Based on hunches and incredible instincts, they slowly link this recent murder to a slew of unsolved homicides across the country, including a cold case file in Africa from six years ago when a group of safari tourists fell prey to a killer in their midst. Maura and Jane wonder if the killer has found a new hunting ground and are working on a plan to lure him out of the shadows, before someone else gets hurt.

I didn’t realize, until after reading the snippet on the back of this book, that the TNT series of Rizzoli & Isles was based on a series of novels. I have to admit that the fact made me cringe a little and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Die Again as much as I did. That being said, I may or may not have to indulge and see what I think of the TNT version of this fabulous duo.

I love a good detective thriller that can actually stump me and Tess Gerritsen did just that. And not only did I get a great thriller but it was also clever and subtle in its big reveal, leaving me surprised and satisfied with the conclusion. I hate when the big “twist” just smacks you in the face and loved that the one in Die Again treated me well. As I mentioned before, I don’t watch the TNT series, but I’m curious enough to possibly check it out. Either way, I definitely want to pick up another novel in the series and have some more adventures with Rizzoli and Isles.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, two small chihuahuas, and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She balances her work as a website admin with her hobbies of watching anime and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.