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The Sinner | [Tess Gerritsen]

The Sinner

The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters.
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Publisher's Summary

The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (both introduced in earlier Tess Gerritsen novels) uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Isles finds herself drawn inexorably towards the heart of an investigation that strikes closer to home, and towards a dawning revelation about the killer's identity too shattering to consider.

©2003 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds towards a tense and terrifying climax." (People)
"Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon." (Booklist)

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    Margaret Tyler, TX, United States 09-05-04
    Margaret Tyler, TX, United States 09-05-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding"

    I love murder mysteries and this one was top notch. Everything about this book held my interest and I could hardly stop listening to it. Worth the read.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Union City, CA, United States 11-08-05
    Amy Union City, CA, United States 11-08-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Top-Notch Tess"

    The who-dunnit tension was nicely maintained throughout. This is truly one of Gerritsen's best, and certainly the best of her Rizzoli series that I have read.

    The narrator, Anna Fields was also ideal for this book. Her intonation and pace were always just right for any given scene. I could see the whole book in my mind's eye, thanks to Ms. Fields.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ramona CABOT, AR, USA 01-16-06
    Ramona CABOT, AR, USA 01-16-06
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    "Great Read"

    Another good one for Tess. I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot. She holds Rizzoli to character. No matter what is going on in her personal life she still finds time to get a jab in at even the most innocent seeming villian. No one goes unpunished in some way with her and that's satisfying. Some of her points make you want to say "you go girl".
    This is a great book and you can't go wrong with it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 06-24-14
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Intriguing story--some surprising twists"

    This is my first Rizzoli and Isles book. I mostly enjoyed it. The story was quite good--beginning with the murder of a young nun and brutal assault on another, pulling the listener into the story in an immediately compelling way. Isles seemed a no nonsense medical examiner who had been dubbed "The Ice Queen" by some due to her interest in autopsies and finding causes of death. Rizzoli starts out seeming equally job focused from the policing side, but through the book, much is revealed about the more personal lives of both women.

    The surprising twists this book takes in bringing together the prologue material of a horror that occurred in India with the convent activities, made the story very exiting. I personally felt that the author's use of great medical details shows a lot of knowledge on her part, but seemed a bit more than necessary to me (just in this book). Having never read others in this series before, don't know of this is typical or not. Was an exciting book, but somehow after all the build up, the ending just came so quickly, it felt over in kind of an abrupt manner.

    I liked this well enough to listen to more. I know they are wildly popular. I might even get curious enough to check out the tv series. Was not overly fond of the narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry United States 10-21-12
    Sherry United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! Retired School Principal and love mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction print and audio books.

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    "Another Great Book in the Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sinner the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful and does a good job of lending her voice and expression to match the mood of the story. The ending makes you want to read or listen to the next book in the series right away to find out what Rizolli does regarding her pregnancy situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maura Isles -- she is still somewhat of an unknown with a very deep and multi-faceted personality and background.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dr. Isles' exhusband shows up


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had some humor in it as well as excitement and mystery


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money or credit point

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LittleForest 01-23-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Five stars:"

    The humorous passages are hilarious, Dr. Gerritsen's imagination covers even more ground in this novel, and you won't guess the resolution as all the parts come together thoughtfully. I only regret that I did not "read" this novel in order of publication.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Tan Valley AZ. 02-20-13
    Amazon Customer San Tan Valley AZ. 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Redrum

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    "Great book I love the series"
    Where does The Sinner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks up with one of my favorate series


    What other book might you compare The Sinner to and why?

    The in Death series by J. D. Robb. Because they and both strong female cops. Also the story line never ends.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ilinca Romania 04-29-13
    Ilinca Romania 04-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "still great"

    I wish she stayed away from attempts at deep psychology and relationship analyses, but as a thriller it's still among the best. Perhaps not as good as the first one in the series, still enough to keep me hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 09-04-07
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 09-04-07
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    "almost wonderful"

    Terrific suspense and character development. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars are the prologue and the last chapter, both of which are unnnecessary -- the book would stand much better without them.

    For reasons I can't explain, I want to say that this is more of a women't mystery. Take that as you will.

    I look forward to reading more of this author, and the narrator is excellent; always an important consideration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Weatherford, TX, United States 08-20-14
    Diane Weatherford, TX, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2011

    My name is Diane Heine not Larry Bruce.

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    "Do not like the reader Anna Fields."
    Would you listen to The Sinner again? Why?

    Prob not. Don't care for redos. Don't find the voice of Anna fields easy to listen to.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The footless girl The nun


    What three words best describe Anna Fields’s performance?

    Did not like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I hate that Rizzoli is pronounced ritzoli.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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