Book Review: The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
May 30, 2012 14 Comments
I’ve read several books by this author and they are all quite different. Even this book, in the Rizzoli and Isles series, is a very different story from the other book in this series I’ve read, The Sinner. I like it that Tess Gerritsen seems to come with a different theme every time.
The Mephisto Club: What it is about
In The Mephisto Club, a woman is brutally murdered, parts of her body arranged for the police to ponder over, and satanic symbols have been drawn on the walls.
When another few people are killed, the police, especially Rizzoli and Isles, zoom in on a man who leads the Mephisto Club, a group of people researching evil. The man is not a suspect, but the members of his club are considered possible future victims.
Alternated with this story is that of a young woman who has been hiding from her cousin for 12 years. She knows that when he finds her, he will kill her.
Rizzoli and Isles look into satanism, old biblical stories and find that evil is coming very close nearby.
The Mephisto Club: What I thought
This was an enjoyable, and slightly scary read.
I didn’t really get a good idea of the difference between Rizzoli and Isles, they were rather interchangeable for me. It didn’t matter all that much as the story progressed whomever of the two was in the focus of the moment.
I am not religious but did like the biblical stories, which are probably heretic to some, about Adam having had a third son and a first wife. At some point I was wondering whether I was reading a Davinci Code type of story, with the Mephisto Club an old foundation that had been meeting for hundreds of years. But in the end, the story was very different (and more enjoyable).
It’s a nice and quick read. It’s a little forgettable, though, hence my short review.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Number of pages: 478
First published: 2006