The Sinner

Version: Abridged
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: August 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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From the "New York Times bestselling author of "The Surgeon and "The Apprentice comes a chilling new novel of suspense featuring Boston medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, on the deadly trail of an anonymous madman who's committed an unholy crime. . . .
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 soulsof its characters, and the richly wrought depiction of the everyday war between good and evil, beats the unstoppable heart of an irresistible thriller.

Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the "New York Times bestseller "Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers "Life Support, "Bloodstream, "Gravity, and "The "Surgeon and "The Apprentice. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.
"The Surgeon
"A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds toward a tense and terrifying climax."
--"People (Page-Turner of the week)
"Creepy . . . ["The Surgeon] will exert a powerful grip on readers."
--"Chicago Tribune
"Grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go."
"The Apprentice
"Skillful and scary."
"--The Washington Post Book World
"An adrenaline rush from start to finish."
"Masterful . . . Gerritsen moves into the Thomas Harris class, though with a style all her own."
--"Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (6)

Evil money

Written by Coral from Williamston, NC on April 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Ms Gerritsen can twist the cork form a campaign bottle with her bear hands. The roller coaster of personal and criminal happenings keep you on point, This was showing how money can cloud the truth as if in todays world we don"t know this . This book was a page turner Love her attention grabbing writing.

The Sinner

Written by Pamela from Carbondale, IL on January 4th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A constant topsy turvy that held my attention to the end. I highly recommend.

The Sinner

Written by Kay on February 27th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A very interesting read and another good Maura Isles adventure. Rizzoli adds a spark to it also! Highly recommended.


Written by Anonymous on October 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another good one by Tess. I like the suspense and characters.


Written by Tymara McGill on June 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A good listen while driving but not the best of Tess. It had the medical stuff but I was able to tell what was going to happen. No real suprises--but still enjoyed it. The suspense was just not there. She is developing the main characters to continue though and sometimes the story is not the REAL story. Maybe the next one will be a steering wheel grabber.


Written by Angela Jones from Robeline, LA on December 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once again a good listen. Tess Gerittsen is the queen of suspense and twisted mind thrillers. This book keeps you guessing until the very end.

Author Details

Author Details

Gerritsen, Tess

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.