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Listen to Me (Rizzoli & Isles #13), by Tess Gerritsen

Listen to Me by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In some aspects, “Listen To Me” is a departure from earlier books in the series: The story is told (mostly) alternatingly from the perspectives of the main characters: There’s, of course, Jane Rizzoli, cop, married to Gabriel, mother to their daughter Regina. Another but rather disappointingly short and inconsequential major character is Maura Isles, Medical Examiner, but she’s playing second fiddle to Angela Rizzoli, Jane’s mother, who is also the local neighbourhood spy…

»Yes, I’ve come to know them all a little better and they’ve come to know me, and even though we don’t always see eye-to-eye, and we sometimes stop talking to one another and occasionally even try to kill one another, this is my neighborhood. Someone has to keep an eye on it.

It might as well be me.
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Finally, there’s Amy’s point of view which becomes increasingly important.

Apart from those familiar faces, things seem to have changed over the past five years since the previous instalment. At least to me, all characters feel more like the great-but-different TV series: Everyone is more quirky and things are much less gritty than usual.

Don’t get me wrong: This isn’t bad because I like both the TV series as well as these books, I’ve come to expect darker, grittier stories whereas this one does have a thrill at the end, it does feel more tame and there’s more comic relief.

Sadly, Kossack is mostly away to help his sister and, thus, most of the secondary characters like Frankie (Jane’s brother) and others are mostly or completely missing. Only Frost is allowed to help.

Still, it’s a good, thrilling, suspenseful read which garners four out of five stars from me.




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