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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tess Gerritsen Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rizzoli and Isles Series Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9780739303399
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Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered in the early morning hours at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the sanctuary walls of the cloistered convent, now stained with blood, lie two nuns—one dead, one critically injured—victims of an unspeakably savage attacker.

The brutal crime appears to be without motive, and the elderly nuns in residence can offer little help in the police investigation. But medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille, the order’s sole novice, gave birth before she was murdered. Then the disturbing case takes a stunning new turn when another woman is found murdered in an abandoned building, her body mutilated beyond recognition.

Together, Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Maura Isles finds herself drawn inexorably toward the heart of an investigation that strikes closer and closer to home—and toward a dawning revelation about the killer’s identity too shattering to consider.

As spine-tingling as it is mind-jolting, The Sinner showcases Tess Gerritsen in peak form—bringing her intimate knowledge of the dark depths of criminal investigation brilliantly to bear. Beneath its layers of startling insight into the souls of its characters, and the richly wrought depiction of the everyday war between good and evil, beats the unstoppable heart of an irresistible thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Gerritsen] has an imagination that allows her to conjure up depths of human behavior so dark and frightening that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft seem like goody-two-shoes. Chicago Tribune
  • Satisfying . . . The Sinner is as busy and bumpy as a storm-filled sky. Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice)
  • A suspenseful, white-knuckle tale all the way to the end . . . Gerritsen is not only talented with words, she has unusual medical and scientific expertise, which gives all her books a precious credibility. . . . It’s not only a terrific story, it provokes thought about a lot of other issues of international import. And it’s real, without special effects, a story that emanates from the real life around us. Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Gerritsen’s weaving of unusual crime scenes, complicated investigations, lurid medical details, and moments of visceral fear is truly unique. . . . [The Sinner] will keep the reader quickly turning pages. . . . Into these terrors forges Maura Isles, Queen of the Dead, and riveted, we readers follow her. Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)
  • Dark emotions and dangerous secrets permeate this unusually chilling novel. . . . Another gut-wrenching tale from a true master. Romantic Times (Top Pick)
  • Gerritsen just keeps getting better with each book. . . . [The Sinner] moves at a heart pounding pace without a word wasted. Drood Review of Mystery
  • Assured, richly shaded. Publishers Weekly
  • Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon. Booklist
  • Well-executed and entertaining. News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Herring | 2/5/2014

    " Welllllll......... That was the creepiest one so far I think. There are some messed up people out there. Yucky. Good book though. All of them are; they're all page turners too. I'm only reading these first three though, I'll get to the others when I can. I have school books to read now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/2/2014

    " Yet another good book by this author! I got hooked on this author before I ever read any books with the characters of Isles and Rizzoli. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/31/2014

    " Changing perspectives from Rizzoli to Isles. Very good read and even better twists, another that I couldn't stop reading! Look forward to the next one .... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elishua Loh | 1/22/2014

    " A slightly better read and of course by now the book is way better than the tv series. The tv series feels lazy and depends more on the friendship of Maura and Jane to carry the series more than anything else. Getting more hooked on the series or am I just out of good books to read. Baggars can't be choosers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendie Joy | 1/19/2014

    " I like Rizzolli and Isles. I think they are smart funny characters. Liked the mystery and the police procedural that Gerritsen creates. Nicely done. Good solid read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard A. | 1/5/2014

    " Good mystery. Excellent character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Rosenfeld | 1/3/2014

    " They get better with each book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Bender | 1/1/2014

    " Gave lords background on the main characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 12/31/2013

    " An enjoyable continuation of Gerritsen's series involving a female police officer and medical examiner. I love all the forensic details in these novels. That's the main reason I read them. A fairly predictable mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iman | 12/28/2013

    " First book I've read by her, and I like her style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira Hardy | 12/22/2013

    " The books are a good, easy read with enough to keep things interesting. After watching the TV show it takes a while to adjust to the huge differences in the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/18/2013

    " In this book, we learn more about Maura Isles, the medical examiner. The murders happen in a convent. Maura meets a handsome priest. Entertaining. The TNT show--not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/16/2013

    " One of my favorites of the series so far. Finally delving into the main characters' psyches more and getting to know them. Masterfully crafted story with a bit of a rushed ending but still dang good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Morgenstern | 12/5/2013

    " Excellent book and very quick read. Started this afternoon and finished this evening. Really like Tess Gerritsen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbone | 5/13/2013

    " Tess Gerritson is a good crime/ murder mystery writer ...its hard to put her books down one you start them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Q | 5/4/2013

    " A nice fast read. Kept me enthralled right to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel DeLappe | 3/29/2013

    " While most characters can get stale after a few books this ladies writing gets better. I have read four or five of her books and not been disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/12/2013

    " Another great book by this author. I love how she ends each chapter with a twist, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 1/5/2013

    " The more I read the Rizzoli and Isles series, the more I like it. I can't wait to get to number four. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Beck | 12/21/2012

    " These books get better and better, this is a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Mulvany | 10/24/2012

    " More of a romance novel than a crime thriller - which is very disappointing since the first two were incredible. Let's hope the romance-crud is over with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice Hoffman | 6/8/2012

    " A very fast paced read. There's nothing complicated about this story. It's a great quick read and very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rei | 3/12/2012

    " This was another great read. It keeps you wondering right up until the end, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bart | 5/25/2011

    " Good read. Some clever plot elements building on the medical examiner angle. In that regard, Gerritsen never achieves the impact of the early Scarpetta novels; it feels more like Quincy, M.E. reruns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margiek2000 | 5/24/2011

    " Book 3 of Rizzoli and Isles. Just keeps getting better and better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/11/2011

    " This is a great series and the TV show is just as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juli | 5/9/2011

    " This was my first book by Tess Gerritsen and i love it. Interesting charakters, great story, good written. I look forward to read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 5/8/2011

    " Not as good as the first two, but still had twists and turns, and moments so totally Jane. It was nice to learn more about Maura. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 5/3/2011

    " Totally not something I usually pick up-- I got this at our last Book Swap, and actually really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/16/2011

    " Loved this book, one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 3/31/2011

    " Murders at a nunnery! Interesting twisis and turns make this who done it very good reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 3/28/2011

    " Read this in 3 days. Loved it. Didn't think I'd like to read about "Medical Examiner" investigations, but couldn't put it down once I started. Going to read her book "Body Double" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 3/26/2011

    " Rizzoli is a little bit more sympathetic character in this book. Anxious to find out what the future holds for both her and Maura. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanu | 3/6/2011

    " So far, so good. Easy to read and engaging subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 3/3/2011

    " good read. a deeper mystery with all the personal loves and lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 3/1/2011

    " time to get going a little more on this series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/27/2011

    " I get annoyed when strong women act stupid w.r.t. men. (Which is not to say I never have, but still....) "

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About the Author
Author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen, a former phyisican, is the internationally bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, The Silent Girl, and The Surgeon, a work for which she won the RITA Award and the Nero Award. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which was made into a movie for television in 1993. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the inspiration for the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles. Gerritsen currently lives in Maine.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W., Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.