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The Sinner [Mass Market Paperback]

Tess Gerritsen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553815024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553815023
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel HARVEST, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series "Rizzoli & isles." She lives with her husband in Maine. For more information on Tess Gerritsen and her novels, visit her website:

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing 9 July 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my third Tess Gerritsen novel after reading The Surgeon and The Apprentice. While The Surgeon had me hooked from the get-go I was a little disappointed with the last two books.

This story starts with the discovery of a dead nun in a convent in Boston. Found beside her is another nun.....badly injured but still alive. Meanwhile, further across town the corpse of another victim is found in an abandoned building. Dr Maura Isles is the Medical Examiner on both cases and while she tries to figure out the why's surrounding each case she also finds herself having to handle the reemergence of somebody from her past.

Detectives Jane Rizzoli and Barry Frost are the investigating officers on both cases, bringing back the characters from The Surgeon and The Apprentice.

What I liked about The Surgeon was the page-turning drama involved in the search for a serial killer and the fact that the story wasn't focused on just one character. Ms Gerritsen has changed tact for The Sinner and I don't think it worked. The Sinner was disappointing because it didn't have that drama and instead the story seemed to focus more on the love-lives of Dr. Isles and Det. Rizzoli with the cases going on around them acting as mere background.

As for the was obvious who the baddie was in the last few chapters but there was no build-up and we still know virtually nothing about our baddie and that in itself was disappointing.

I know this review seems negative and that's not my intention. The Sinner is still a very good book but it lacked the punch I expected after reading The Surgeon. I've now started reading Body Double so we'll see how that turns out before I abandon all hope!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Series that has reached 'critical popular mass' 25 Mar 2005
By Kentspur VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tess Gerritsen was a doctor and it shows in her writing.
The scenes in hospitals, morgues and the the descriptions of medical 'stuff' ooze authenticity, but, I feel, with this book she has 'cracked it' as a detective novelist. I don't suppose she will be too worried about this validation from me, sitting as she will be on the millions of dollars made from the earlier books in the series, but here, with Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr Maura Isles, she has created characters that you really care about, which is the trick in making people buy not just one of your books, but all of them.
Let's be honest, this book is pants. The crime is ludicrous, the exposition silly, the coincidences amatuerish and the killer was a total 'well, who the Hell is he?' followed by frantic thumbing back. It doesn't matter.
I wanted to know how things were going to turn out for Jane and Maura. I like them (particularly Maura - foxy lady). They are real people. All that tosh about shooting people pales next to the thrill of their personal lives.
I don't feel this gooey about all detective fiction and that these characters do that to me means Ms Gerritsen has done it. Books that can be enjoyed whatever the shortcomings of the plot because the characters are involving. The Holy Grail. Nice one.
No five stars though. Write a decent plot and I'll relent
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PECCAVI.....I didn't give it 5 stars 12 Sep 2006
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Anyone who has read THE SURGEON or THE APPRENTICE will know why my expectations were sky-high for this, the third in the Jane Rizzoli series. Those two novels were excellent, full of tension, suspense and pace. But here, Tess has gone way off the boil and has somehow turned what should have been a crime thriller into something of a romantic piece of ho-hum that borders on chick-lit. Borders, I stress, without quite entering. Tess claims that The Sinner was a fresh new challenge for her - and I quote from the great lady herself :-

"I actually found THE SINNER one of my most challenging and satisfying books to write, because it was not a simple serial killer book, and I couldn't rely on that automatic internal drumbeat of tension that a stalking/serial killer novel has. Serial killers are actually easy villains to create and I always feel like I'm taking the easy way out when I do one of those. But taking an overseas corporate horror and turning it into a homicide case in Boston was a lot harder"

Well, if it was a lot harder, it shows. The corporate horror she refers to is, I suppose, at the core of the plot here but it really hardly ever shows its face. I am actually intrigued by corporate crime, fraud or corruption so if anything I would have welcomed it with open arms had I known this in advance. But while there are some gruesome murders early on, followed by the always excellent forensic and medical analysis, in truth the meat and bones of this story is represented by the continuing dilemmas in the private life of Detective Rizzoli, alongside those of her associate in the morgue Dr Maura Isles.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot and Characters but Something Missing 1 Nov 2003
By Veronica VINE VOICE
The Sinner is a decent medical thriller which I enjoyed, although not as much as the past two books by the author, The Surgeon and The Apprentice. The strength for me was the plot which had me guessing and the style of writing which was lyrical and descriptive.
The characters Jane Rizzoli (a detective) and Dr.Maura Isles (a forensic examiner) were interesting but it seemed strange that they both were successful professionally and yet hopeless with men and relationships in general. The book was written in a
way that made it seem as though only cold, extremely tough and blunt women can succeed in a professional arena. In the Surgeon I liked reading about a controversial, edgy female (Jane Rizzoli) and that still stands. However, I found some of Rizzoli's needless rudeness and nastiness towards anyone who shows her concern to be wearying this time around because it was so unnecessary in many cases and she came across as petty rather than angry about sexism in the police force.
I also found the dealing of the Catholic Church to be very heavy handed and biased. All the nuns were described many times as old and detached - not a single one of them was given any personality, depth or kindness. The only young nun was written about in an equally negative way. Secondly, both Maura and Jane were lapsed Catholics and were highly cynical about religion of any kind. Of course, this is fine, but there was simply no balance to the book as no religious characters were allowed to speak. In the end I found the constant sniping about faith and belief to be jarring.
Overall the Sinner is a competent thriller and the medical details were excellent. There were surprises and shocks along the way and the characters were believable if not always likeable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, as ever
A real page-turning thriller lightened by moments of romance.
If you want to understand all the terminology though, use the dictionary fiction of the Kindle :)
Published 12 days ago by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooops you did it again.
Another excellent and thrilling read. I solved most of the puzzles and I'd like to slap Frankie rizolli he's such an arse. Brilliant though love them onto book 4 now. Xxx
Published 1 month ago by mand237
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I did enjoy this book unfortunately not as much as the others I feel it turned into a bit of. Love story which is not what I'm I. To but hey still a good book by a great writer
Published 2 months ago by Blair Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab as always
This was gripping from beginning to end, kept you thinking and guessing. Another chapter in the lives of these 2 strong yet incredibly human women.
Published 2 months ago by rosie field
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab couldn't put it down
Keeps you gripped from start to finish. Well worth reading as are all her books. Enjoyed it immensely and plan on getting more.
Published 3 months ago by Marion Arundale
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
Loved this book from the first word till the last. Really didn't expect that ending. Can't wait to see what comes next.
Published 3 months ago by Ann Berrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant book, Tess as ever is top of her game, long may she continue to be for a very long time
Published 4 months ago by mozart69
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really enjoying the whole serious of Tess Gerritsen detective books, I'm on the last one now and feel quite disappointed they are no more yet
Published 5 months ago by Lydia Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
This series of books are just brilliant, if you love Criminal Minds and CSI then they are definitely for you!
Published 5 months ago by Chantelle Marie Legg
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Good book well written and an easy read. Would recommend to American Murder Mystery readers with hood medical input and interesting information
Published 5 months ago by Sheila
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