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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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    Diane Weatherford, TX, United States 08-20-14
    Diane Weatherford, TX, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2012

    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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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 08-12-14
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 08-12-14 Member Since 2001
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    "One of Her Best"

    I love Tess Gerritsen..............and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am tired of books with unbelievable concocted endings and this one tied everything up for a reasonable conclusion.

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    Kathi 06-24-14
    Kathi 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13
    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Come on Anna!"
    Did Anna Fields do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a great job with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Anna's pronunciation of Rizzoli has a "t" in it. It is not Ritzoli!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alalia Lundy 06-04-12
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    "I Love the Author, Dislike the Narrator"
    What did you like best about The Sinner? What did you like least?

    I liked best the building up of the characters. I liked least the Narrator. Horrible. She makes Maura sound so stuffy and stale. Sheesh! I am forcing myself to listen to the rest. This is a must read, do not listen if you can't get past boring speak.


    If you???ve listened to books by Tess Gerritsen before, how does this one compare?

    I love Tess's books, they are always a good read. I have listened to many of her books out of order so I have gotten used to better narrator's who clearly understand the characters, so I feel as if I know them and how they are supposed to sound. This Narrator, was OMG!!! sooooo boring, I was actually pissed that she totally had Maura's voice all wrong. She made her sound like a stale, unattractive, old lady, with a chip on her shoulder. The description of Maura and the voice were sooooo different. Other narrators from other Rizzoli and Isles books made her sound beautifully smart, yet very book wise, shy, quiet, but strong willed. I am actually still in the middle of this book. I don't think it is the best of the Rizzoli Series, simply because this is an earlier one where her characters lives, Maura and Jane's are really being built up, whereas other books are really and truly about the mystery of the murder, that's ok though, and actually if you read them in order it will be fine, remember I know more about the characters than I should while reading this book.If you are a Rizzoli and Isles fan and you haven't read this yet, READ it, if you listen to it you will be thoroughly upset. I will force myself to listen to the rest.I love the way Tess build upon each character in each book. I started out with Ice Cold, Awesome book and narrator, then Body Double, then Silent Girl which is the absolute BEST EVER and the latest. Then I realized, hey you are reading them out of order. The only reason it matters is because her main charaters lives are built up with each novel and new characters are introduced. Anywhoooo... that is my 2 cents. Oh Oh and just a side note, I can't really get into the TV show just yet because Hollywood has changed the characters up too much for me, well Maura that is. Jane is almost just as I pictured her, love that actress, but the other one is well, just not Maura :-)Enjoy Yall!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anna Fields?

    Tanya Eby is an Awesome Narrator for Tess's Books. She has the characters spot on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if they didn't change the characters like they did in the TV show.


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    Debra A. Blouin 04-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story but..."

    this was an excellent story line. Tess Gerritsen is an exciting writer but the narrator was terrible. The men's voices sounds dead and plugged up. If you can get past that, the book was really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sue WALDOBORO, ME, United States 04-19-12
    sue WALDOBORO, ME, United States 04-19-12
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    "Do not miss"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If it was a real paper book I would call it a page turner. I did not want to go into work because this book makes me want to sit in my car and listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Line Rohnert Park, CA, United States 09-06-11
    Jennifer Line Rohnert Park, CA, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Asked Dr. Gerritsen About Pronunciation"

    I really enjoyed this book. I had read reviews talking about the way the narrator pronounced Rizzoli as "Ritzoli" as I found it a tiny bit distracting as well. I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Gerritsen at a book signing for her latest novel & mentioned the way the narrator pronounced it. She explained it as the way a Bostonian would pronounce it. Her example was "Hey..Ritzoli." and did it in the dialect like this narrator did. I would have preferred the narrator to stay in a regional dialect through out as that would have made it clearer to the listener. Anyway, after she said that, it made a lot more sense to me. If you like the TNT series, Rizzoli & Isles, this book as well as The Surgeon are combined for the pilot episode. I don't want to give anything away as I enjoyed both reading and listening to these books. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes police/medical examiner murder mysteries. One thing I loved from listening to Dr. Gerritsen was that she came up with the idea for this series from a suggestion from one of her readers at a book signing. The woman asked if she could do a book with murderers & kinky sex. It's always great to learn that authors do take in to consideration what their readers would like. I hope this clears up the pronounciation issues for any listeners who may have been put off by some of the reviews. She researches her books thoroughly and if there is something she wants in her books that she doesn't personally know, she does web, book & interviews with people in those fields of study to make sure the information she is putting in her books is as accurate as possible. And don't worry fans, I also expressed my dismay that The Surgeon is only available abridged, which she did not know. So, maybe if the future we will get an unabridged version of that book. Please give this series a try, you won't be sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
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    "Good...but not great!"

    This was a decent read, but it didn't really excite me. Gerritsen has a good plot with interesting and unique events and relationships, but the characters are not deeply developed and the coincidences necessary to complete the plot line were a little bizarre.

    For what it is this book is functional, but it's certainly not great literature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Lafayette, LA 03-09-11
    Lisa Lafayette, LA 03-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Narration is one of the poorest I've heard"

    I wish I had bought the written book instead. The narration is toneless, the voice used for Maura Isles sounds like a dead person, and in my opinion, any 6th grade reader would have done as good a job. Just a book read aloud - no imagination or character in the narration whatsover.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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