First Line Fridays [November 1]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

• Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page

• Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

• Finally… reveal the book!

So it’s November! This year is just whizzing by. I’m applying to grad school and Ever is almost seven months old. There are so many things going on, I can’t believe the year is almost gone. It went from Halloween to Christmas super fast too with the snow! But anyway, here is my First Line Fridays.


Today I watched a man die. It was an unexpected event, and I still marvel at the fact that this drama unfolded at my very feet.


What’s the book?…

It’s the second book in Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles novel series. This isn’t the cover I have from the library, but this one is so awesome I had to use it instead.


What’s this book about?

It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city’s woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.

The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her—literally and figuratively—she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.

But Rizzoli isn’t counting on the U.S. government’s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn’t counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta. . 

Filled with superbly created characters—and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark—The Apprentice is Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two.


I’m about 30% in, and I’m liking this series. Just be aware it’s so much different than the show. I started the show on Hulu which is why I picked up the books. I’m looking forward to reading all the books as well as watching the whole series to see the similarities and differences.

Have you read this book or watched the tv series? I’d love to hear about your thoughts. Let me know and share your FF with me too.

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