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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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    LittleForest 01-23-09 Member 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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    Robin San Tan Valley AZ. 02-20-13
    Robin San Tan Valley AZ. 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

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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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    Sherry United States 10-21-12
    Sherry United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! 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

    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.

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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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    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13
    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2004
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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 Tampa, Fl United States 06-04-12
    Alalia Lundy Tampa, Fl United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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