Thankfully, they weren't, though. They were awesome. Luckily enough, Curled Up has received every book since then from the publisher, so I've been almost guaranteed some annual book goodness.
Last to Die is Gerritsen's latest Rizzoli & Isles book, and it's yet another winner.
My review is now up on Curled Up, so I encourage you to check it out.
From the review:
"Three teenagers have more than their new hormones in common: they have all survived the massacre of their parents and guardians. Twice. When Boston detective Jane Rizzoli is called to the horrific scene where young Teddy Clock's foster family has been wiped out, she knows that something is horribly wrong. The feeling is heightened when medical examiner Maura Isles discovers that there are two more children with similar backgrounds at a remote school in Maine called Evensong, a school that takes in children of violence and helps them cope with it. Is there a connection between them? Is there a single killer out there targeting them? For what purpose? Shadows of the past reach forward, forcing Jane and Maura to figure out what's going on before more people die."Gerritsen's intricate plotting and wonderful character work shine through in this one. I love how she has subplots that carry through all of the books, so Rizzoli's family issues (to name just one thing) aren't resolved in a neat bow in every book. Isles is developing a maternal relationship with the young man who saved her life in Ice Cold.
If you're a fan of mysteries or thrillers, and you're not reading Tess Gerritsen, you should really rectify that soon.