Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles #3)
By Tess Gerritsen
Genre: Mystery
Publish Date: August 2001
Personal Rating: 4 stars
Source: Borrowed from Library
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Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the cloistered convent lie two nuns–one dead, one critically injured–victims of an unspeakably savage attacker. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. Then another body is found 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 close to home–and toward a dawning revelation about the killer’s identity too shattering to consider.

My Review:
This book was so much better than The Apprentice, the previous book in the series. Why did I enjoy it more? The characters were more interactive, expanded into their personal lives, and showed their struggles with the cases extending into their lives. If you didn’t like The Apprentice, please give this book a try. I think you will think differently about the author and her ability to write stories.

Dr. Isles became more personable. Last book she was portrayed as a medical examiner who was very smart, but to me a cold person. There was really no interaction with other characters or activity outside of the office/morgue. This left me feeling like things were black and white with her. In this book, she is portrayed as a human being with feelings and struggles, not a perfect person with a perfect life. Her personal life is a larger part of the story. I liked that.

Rizzoli is dealing with issues of the case for various reasons. She is also struggling with some personal issues from the past as well as the new. We also get to learn a little more about her family, including the Golden Child, her brother, Frankie.

I really liked this book. It was a good mix of all the personal stories and the mystery. The mystery for me was awesome. I enjoyed it all the way to the end and the outcome was unique. Just a good blend of church, medical, and corporate issues blended into one.

Favorite Quote: “Dr. Isles! he called. “You grew up in the church. Isn’t there anything left of your faith?” She looked back at him. “Faith requires no proof,” she said. “But I do.”

What to Read Next? The next book in the series or try some of her stand alone titles such as Harvest or Bloodstream. Great books by this author as well.


  1. I liked this one too and will be reading the next one soon.

  2. Yaaay Dalene, thank you. I 'hated' The Apprentice, I couldn't believe she wrote that after an amazing The Surgeon so I did say I would give another chance.

    Sounds like she's back on track.

  3. Hi, Dalene. Missie and I are excited you're participating in the Why Buy the Cow? Challenge but unfortunately books you've borrowed from the library don't fall under the eligibility guidelines we've laid out. We've included a quick Q&A at the top of our May link-up post as to what books are eligible.

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