Library Journal Review
In light of the cancellation of the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles after seven seasons, it's exciting that Gerritsen will continue to write about these wonderful characters. Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles investigate a series of murders in which the killer is reenacting scenes from horror films. Be prepared for an exciting ride with unexpected twists and terrific writing. [See Prepub Alert, 1/20/17.] © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
The bitterness of a Boston winter doesn't hinder a killer with a knack for gruesome murders, in bestseller Gerritsen's twisty 12th Rizzoli & Isles mystery (after 2014's Die Again). As Det. Jane Rizzoli puzzles out why the murderer is selecting seemingly unrelated victims, medical examiner Maura Isles struggles to discover what exactly killed them. Dogged police work ties the victims-a woman burned to death, a filmmaker with her eyes removed, and a man pierced with arrows-to an infamous child abuse case at a local day care center. When a fourth person connected to the abuse case disappears, Rizzoli must protect troubled Holly Devine, the only remaining child abuse victim in the day care case and the next person on the killer's list. Meanwhile, Rizzoli must bear witness to her mother's growing unhappiness in a loveless marriage, and Isles's biological mother, cold-blooded murderer Amalthea Lank, has once again found a way to sink her claws into her daughter's psyche. Gerritsen smoothly blends her leads' domestic dramas with the hunt for the ruthless killer. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles pool their resources to find the killer of a young woman found with no signs of trauma or a struggle but holding her eyes in one hand. The woman belongs to a group of horror-movie filmmakers (passionate wannabes, funded by the victim's indulgent father). The grotesque death scene echoes one in their films. A second mutilation murder follows, also ghastly, this time with religious iconography. While Rizzoli and Isles try to decipher the motive behind these murders, another narrative voice emerges, that of a woman with a deep secret in her past. Figuring out whether this woman is predator or prey proves fascinating more so, in fact, than following Rizzoli and Isles' investigation. The interplay between the leads lacks depth here, depending too much on what readers may know of the characters from previous episodes in the long-running series. Fans of the books, and the popular TNT series based on them, won't mind, but new readers may be disappointed.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2017 Booklist