The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

the apprentice

Following on from The Surgeon, Jane Rizzoli and her team are on the hunt for a new killer – The Apprentice or nicknamed The Dominator. His murders are a lot like The Surgeon, but how did he know things about the killing that the media never revealed to the public ?? To make matters worse, The Surgeon escapes prison and is on the hunt for the one quest, he never managed to conquer.

To add to the twist, the FBI have taken a keen interest in this new string of murders but why, what makes them so special that Agent Gabriel Dean has gotten involved ? Will there be romance between Rizzoli and Dean and can they let their guards down with each other knowing their work relationship has been built on lies.

As per usual with Tess Gerritsen, don’t read this book late at night or on your own (I had to limit myself to reading this book through the day or when the other half was home). It has the same terrifying grip to it as all Tess Gerritsen novels do. Again, I was glad that I couldn’t understand a lot of the police and medical jargon throughout the book otherwise I would have been ten times worse than what I was.

I like that Dr Isles and detective Korsak have now been introduced (although they weren’t in it a lot) and I’m hoping that they will be in the next Rizzoli and Isles books. Having watched the TV series, I could only picture the characters that are in the series which unfortunately doesn’t allow you to build your own conclusions of how they look. I like Korsak as a character in the book, feeling sorry for him when he ends up in hospital but love that the relationship changes between him and Rizzoli from that moment, as though they are going to become good friends.

A couple of times, I came to conclusions quite quickly, especially from a romance point of view and knew throughout the book that something was going to happen to Rizzoli, I just wasn’t sure what.

I did find myself wandering off, thinking about other things and not paying attention to the story line, which meant that I probably missed out on some vital points. This book dragged on a bit too much for me. I was glad though that there wasn’t as much gruesome scenes as there usually is for Tess.

Although not as good as Harvest and The Surgeon, I still found that I couldn’t put this book down and wanted to read to the end. For this, I am going to give this book a 6 out of 10, I enjoyed that it ran on from The Surgeon (although if you haven’t read The Surgeon, you will still be OK reading this book). I also like how you get to see what the characters are thinking, as the TV series doesn’t show this, it’s like getting into the mind of the good and bad guys.

I still love Tess Gerritsen as an author and will continue reading her books but this book just didn’t really do it for me. Sorry.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pearl Angeli
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 01:52:56

    I actually haven’t read the second book next to The Surgeon. I was shocked to find out that the Surgeon escaped from prison? OMG! Seems a lot more terrifying than the first. Anyway, I also don’t like to read books like this at night. I hate it because I’ll definitely find it hard to sleep. Lol. A good idea is to read it at daytime. Kudos for a great review, Angie! 🙂


    • angiesworld
      Jun 30, 2014 @ 13:44:13

      Yeah he escapes but you don’t hear much on him in this second book. I decided read a few different things for the time being, Tess Gerritsen is definitely scary with her writing.


  2. Rosie Amber
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 15:08:23

    So glad you put that bit about not reading the book late at night, I do need my sleep too. Good review.


    • angiesworld
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 15:12:15

      Tell me about it. Trouble is with Tess Gerritsen, she can be quite addictive and although I want to put the book down (so that I can sleep peacefully), it shouts at me to read it


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