It is always very interesting to re-read a book every once in a while, especially when the context has changed. Some years ago I got a copy of the German version of this detective, considered it to be readable, gave it 3 stars but never thought about the idea that this may have been a part of a whole series. But Tess Gerritsen kept being on my mind. Well, now it was time to reconnect with her detectives as part of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
Knowing the characters and their personal histories adds an extra value to these books because now it’s not only a pregnant detective who misses her husband and a shocked pathologist who finds back her sister, although it’s too late to get to know her. I guess this is part of the R&I dynamic that these stories are more than just a suspense story like the ordinary Whodunits. Having read the first three instalments is part of the experience and adds an extra star to the general judgement.
When pathologist Maura Isles returns from the beautiful city Paris to Boston, she is shocked to find police in front of her house, but apparently everybody else is even more in shock because the murder victim looks exactly like Isles. So everybody thought it was her. But DNA proves that the victim was a sister Maura didn’t know of. During the search for the killer Isles and Rizzoli discover even more horrid details about the past of the adopted sisters leading to the question whether evil is part of your genes or not.
The most important question of this book is not, who shot Maura Isles‘ sister but what kinds of love to we have and feel. How destructive or constructive can love be? There is the love of Jane Rizzoli for her unborn child, the love of relatives towards one another, but also the love of a policeman for the victim, the love of a wife for her husband, and the love of a mother for her child and vice versa.
When you are willing to entertain those questions and don’t mind to forget about the murder plot (which is difficult as there is a lot of vicious dying in this book), you will definitely enjoy the read.