Saturday, September 3, 2022

Book Review of Listen to Me by Tess Gerritsen


A Rizzoli & Isles suspense thriller

Listen to Me is #13 of 13 in the Rizzoli & Isles series.  Jane (Rizzoli), homicide detective with the Boston Police Department and Maura (Isles) Boston Medical Examiner, return in another thriller. This time Jane's mother is looking into a mystery of her own. 

Listen to Me book cover


Listen to Me Book Cover
While Jane and Maura are trying to solve what appears to be a completely senseless murder of a widowed nurse, Jane's mother Angela worries and wonders about what is going on in her neighborhood. There's the gossip about the runaway teenager down the block and the strange neighbors who have just moved in across the street. When Angela tries to tell her detective daughter about this, Jane writes it all off as her mother's overactive imagination. 

Meanwhile, the lack of clues in the murder are driving Jane and Maura crazy. 

This particular novel is laid out in an interesting manner. Chapters in this story are headed with and switch back and forth from MAURA to JANE to ANGELA (Jane's mother). Within each chapter, we learn more background about each of the characters, including some about their personal lives. 


As Jane and Maura struggle with trying to solve the murder case, they seem to lose sight of something sinister happening much closer to home. When Angela is kidnapped in broad daylight right in front of her home, Jane discovers that her mom's concerns and the current police case are actually related. 

Read “Listen to Me” to learn how both situations are resolved. 

TV Series

Rizzoli & Isles TV Series
Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles book series inspired the TV series by the same name (Rizzoli & Isles) starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The series ran for 7 seasons on the TNT cable channel. It can now be seen in reruns on Lifetime and other channels. Each of the 7 seasons and the complete series are also available on DVD.

*Listen to Me by Tess Gerritson, book review by Wednesday Elf



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  1. Oh I love a good mystery/murder and mayhem type of book. This sounds like I should stop everything and start reading! Thanks Pat for the recommendation. Putting this on my TBR (too be read) list!

    1. I know you like mysteries like me, Olivia. Thanks for stopping by my book review.

  2. Sounds really good. I will check it out. Always appreciate your recommendations.

  3. I do like mysteries and thrillers, and this certainly fits the bill. We have seen every episode of Rizzoli & Isles and most of them more than once. Thanks Pat for the recommendation.

    1. You're welcome, Sam. BTW, if you are a fan of the Rizzoli & Isles TV series and also a fan of NCIS, you may recognize Sasha Alexander (Maura Isles) as Kate in Season 1 of NCIS. :-)

  4. Sounds like another great book series! I haven't watched the TV series, but I do remember hearing about it. I may just start watching that this weekend. You know I enjoy having a series running in the background while I work on mindless updates. I am certain the books are even better than the TV series.

    1. I really enjoy the books, Mouse. I didn't discover the TV series until just this year. :)

  5. This sounds like a great story, even though thrillers aren’t my usual fare. I haven’t watched the TV series but May ask my husband to check out the first couple of episodes to see whether he thinks I would be able to tolerate the level of violence and suspense. The lead actresses are excellent, and I think I might really enjoy it. Thanks so much for the review and recommendation!

  6. For fans who enjoy Thrillers, this book sounds ideal. I know my mom would have found this right up her alley. I miss referring books to her!!

    1. Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series of books are loved by those who enjoy thrillers, Barbara. Glad you like my review.

  7. Ray and I are watching this TV series right now and loving it. We've finished 3 seasons and have 4 more to go. I will definitely look into the books. I know I have read one of them in the past not sure why I didn't read more. Thanks for the review.

    1. Glad you are enjoying the TV series, Mary Beth & Ray. :) I think you'll like the books too.

  8. This book sounds like a great thriller. I do like that you said that within each chapter we learn more about the character's background and personal lives and sounds like a good storyline too. Thank you for the recommendation.


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