The Sinner (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #3)
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The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles #3)

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In the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light two nuns lie in a pool of blood - one dead, one critically injured - victims of a savage attacker. Maura Isles's autopsy of the dead woman reveals that she was murdered. When another woman is found mutilated beyond recognition, the case takes a stunning new turn and Maura finds herself drawn toward a dawn...more
Paperback, Large Print, 430 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Large Print Press (first published 2003)
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Raíla Soares
Even though I have already read and reviewed The Surgeon and The Apprentice, Tess' previous books in the series, I still feel that it's such a perkiness of mine to review any book written by this genious (I emphasize: genious!). Gerritsen, one more time, now through The Sinner, made me hook into her writing until the end, NOT letting me to put it down, despite a few flaws I found that I dare myself to point again.

A crime envolving two nuns, in the circuntances presented by Jane and Maura therewi...more
Bruno

Entrei neste livro completamente envolvido e aterrei nas últimas linhas bastante satisfeito. Mais um policial muito bom!

Tudo começa com as duas freiras que foram atacadas com uma violência brutal no solo sagrado da Capela. Uma delas teve morte. A outra entrou num estado mortalmente critico. Quem as atacou e porquê? Fiz todas as deduções e falhei em tudo. A ligação deste crime com o outro crime vai dar a um desfecho surpreendente e chocante!

E, é neste livro que a detetive, Rizzoli, e a rainha d...more
Lain
Rare is the thriller that can scare me enough to leave the lights on at night, while bringing me to tears. The Sinner did both. Filled with more twists and turns than a labyrinth, The Sinner throws a curve at both Jane Rizzoli and ME Maura Isles. Jane must deal with a huge obstacle in her life as well as her relationship with Gabriel Dean, and Maura must face her own ghosts in the form of her ex-husband.

This book serves as a pivotal point in the character development of both women, and is a mus...more
Gary
This book was good but not great. The author went to great lengths to develop her characters, but there is a limit to how much you can accomplish in one novel. Granted, there is a payoff for this type of character development in later novels when the reader is attached to them. This novel has a great story that is forced into the background by the information dump of the personal lives of the characters.
Even the mystery itself seems to be created to develop the characters. I plan to continue rea...more
Brenda
Feb 19, 2012 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tess Gerritsen/thriller lovers
Shelves: own-read
When Dr Maura Isles was called to the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light by Detective Jane Rizzoli, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But it certainly wasn’t the horrific, savage attack on two nuns, one of whom is dead, the other clinging to life. And medical examiner Maura was further shocked when doing the autopsy, to discover that the young novice, 20 year old Sister Camille, had very recently given birth.

The race is on to find the child, and to find the father...obviously he is a suspect! But...more
Reinaldo Lourenço
Bem... aí vao as primeiras 5* do ano :)
É de fato mto bom, custa um bocado parar de ler, mas qdo o comboio chega ao destino tem de ser...
Ainda bem que houve uma altura em q só comprava livros de bolso pq senao nao tinha conhecido esta autora :)
Agora tenho o 6º livro mas nao tenho o 4º e 5º... lá vou ter de dar um salto à bertrand na proxima 2a 2a feira do mês :)
Cornerofmadness
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Neide Parafitas
Os corpos de duas freiras são encontrados numa capela e a detective Jane Rizzoli e a médica-legista Maura Isles ficam encarregues da investigação deste caso.

Na autópsia de Camille (uma das freiras), Maura descobre que a jovem foi mãe, pouco tempo antes de ter sido brutalmente assassinada e iniciam-se as buscas para descobrir um bébé e o pai da criança!

Entretanto, num prédio abandonado, é também encontrado o cadáver, completamente irreconhecível, de uma mulher, o que faz com que as investigações...more
Zézinha Rosado
Fantástico!!! É a primeira palavra que me vem à cabeça ao terminar de ler este livro.
Esta autora é realmente muito boa e consegue prender-nos às páginas do livro como se a nossa vida dependesse disso.

Uma vez mais uma história muito bem construída, sem momentos mortos e/ou aborrecidos, a acção decorre com coerência e é muito interessante travar um conhecimento mais aprofundado com a vida particular da médica legista Maura e da detective Rizzoli, mulheres que apresentam uma carapaça dura, uma imag...more
LJ
THE SINNER – G+
Tess Gerritsen – 7th book
When two Boston nuns are found brutally beaten--one fatally and one with a scintilla of life left in her--it's up to homicide detective Jane Rizzoli to find the perpetrator. Medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles has the unlucky fortune to discover that the murdered nun hid untold secrets from the rest of the aging convent. Another dead body turns up, and the investigators must rely on their clinical analysis to determine who she is and why she was murdered.

Alt...more
Fergie
Having read three of Tess Gerritsen's novels in the Rizzoli & Isles series in the span of one week, I can now proclaim not only to be a fan, but also a readily, satisfyingly hooked one. There is something extremely gratifying in reading a crime thriller where the conclusion is far from predictable while never straying into the realm of absurdity. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles stray from their television counterparts, but as a reader, Gerritsen hardly has you disappo...more
Michelle
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. It also takes place in Boston and mentions Providence, RI, so I felt right at home. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Michelle♥
So this book took a different view point. We finally got to see more of Dr. Maura Isles and hear her voice.

This one was not as intriguing to me as the Surgeon was. I still want to continue on with the series to see where these characters go and how they develop.

Unfortunately, it was the plot that did not do it for me.

***Spoilers from here on out!****

Dr. Isles knows she's considered Queen of the Dead among her colleagues even though they've never said it to her face. She enjoys working with the...more
Jerry
We’ve read now five of Gerritsen’s popular Rizzoli & Isles series (“Sinner” is #3 in the set), and have enjoyed them all. As we fill in a few we missed and finish the set (nine total at the moment), we had to wonder if entertainment values would increase or decline with the images of TV stars Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander running around in one’s head, as we really enjoy that TV show, with protagonists quite true to the book’s characters. The good news is that those mind pictures only ad...more
Melissa Griffith
I've read Tess Gerritsen's first two Rizzoli and Isles books before this one. I really love the way that the case progresses and keeps you hooked in those two. This one, while still very interesting, is a very abrupt change from the first two books. And while I read both of the first two in five days, this one took me almost six weeks because when I set it down, I didn't feel all that strong of a need to pick it back up.

Between book two and this one, the setting moves from a blistering summer to...more
Barbara Mitchell
My copy of this book is a 2004 paperback edition of one of the Rizzoli and Isles series. Maybe you've watched the TNT television channel show starring the characters in which, for a change, I think the casting people really nailed it. And the characters are what makes this series so addicting to me. We have Rizzoli the cop, Isles the pathologist, the Rizzoli family who are as Italian as they come, and the incidental characters in the stories who usually ring true with me.

This story is unusual in...more
Sharon
Tess Gerritsen is a master of medical thrillers. I feel like I know Dr. Isles and Detective Rizzoli by now as I've read 3 or 4 of Gerritsen's books. I wasn't aware of the order of the books, and I've read newer ones before the first books in the series! I found it interesting that this book explained a lot to me of later books....for example, Jane learns that she is pregnant and she wasn't married to Gabriel. I didn't know the history!

What I love about this author is how she is able to weave tog...more
Marianne
The Sinner is the 3rd in Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli/Isles series. The action starts with a murder and an attempted murder in a convent of aging nuns. The murder victim is a young novice about to take her final vows, but during the autopsy Maura Isles finds that the novice has recently given birth. Another body turns up, a shooting victim without a face, hands or feet, and with some unusual nodules on the skin. Yet another body, this time in Providence, Rhode Island, shot with the same gun, brings...more
rufio
I did not enjoy this book at all. This one is all about Maura Isles, which is ashame because i found myself not liking her [book] character one little bit. Again I read these because of the TV show 'Rizzoli & Isles' but the Maura Isles in this book is completely different.

The storyline was actually quite interesting; a nun found dead in her convent but who could of done it? I think what would have made this book a better read was if it revolved more around that as opposed to 'will maura cho...more
Lynn Spencer
I definitely liked this book better than my first foray into the series. The book starts off with a horrifying killing at a cloistered order of nuns. While gruesome, the author leaves just enough clues out there to make me want to follow the trail of the mystery. I also like how Gerritsen weaves seemingly unrelated threads of story together.

In addition, the book has that something extra - good characters. In The Apprentice, I felt like the reader never really got close to the main characters, bu...more
Aditi
Three times a charm!

That is if you're thinking, *can* Tess Gerritsen, amazing writer, continue weaving gruesome stories about death and psycho killers.

Yes she can. She sure can. Watch her how.

This is the third book in the 'series' but it can pass as a stand-alone novel too. It introduces us to Maura Isles. Pathologist. Intelligently quirky character. She gives company to alpha-female detective Jane Rizzoli whom I love.

It's a fantastic book. The story is unique and shudder-inducing.

But if you ha...more
Bev Sykes
This actually comes in between "The Apprentice" and "Body Double." Explains some stuff that happens in "Body Double," but reading it out of sequence didn't matter. Still a page turner. The crime in this one is the murder of a young nun in the convent of a cloistered order and the near murder of an older nun, who remained in a coma. What is the connection between the nuns' murder and that of a faceless, hand-less and foot-less body found in an alley?

Jane Rizoli has just discovered she's pregnant...more
Chris
This is a book my wife and I listened to in the car on our way home from vacation years ago. I remember enjoying the book; however, listening to this again I realized that I didn’t remember the book at all. I really enjoyed this and so far it is may favorite of the Rizzoli and Isles series. In this book Dr. Isles actually plays a bigger role in the story where in the first two she was hardly in them at all.

The story was very well put together, and it held my interest very well. I even found mys...more
Asmaa
I need to read more of Maura and Jane.

I'm not familiar with the TV show but I absolutely loved everything about this book and the characters.
Bachyboy
I liked this. It had a bit more about the relationships of the two main characters. The death of two nuns created an interesting storyline, strangely linked to India. I preferred this to The Surgeon which was plain creepy. Why she allowed this cover I will never know!
Kris
Publishers Weekly
A grisly murder at a convent baffles Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Det. Jane Rizzoli at the start of this assured, richly shaded seventh novel from bestseller Gerritsen (The Apprentice; The Surgeon, etc.). The popular duo are called to Boston's Graystones Abbey when two nuns are discovered in an abandoned chapel, one dead and the other near death, both brutally bludgeoned. Red herrings are everywhere: Isles's discovery that one of the murdered nuns had recently given birth (f...more
Freyja Vanadis
I don't understand why female authors feel the need to have their female leads get romantically involved with highly inappropriate men. Patricia Cornwell has Kay Scarpetta get involved with the married Benton Wesley, which destroys not only his marriage but also his family as his children disown him. Kathy Reichs has Tempe Brennan not only get involved with the resident self-proclaimed lothario of the Montreal PD, she also won't let go of her soon-to-be ex-husband. And now Tess Gerritsen has bot...more
Katherine
Having read the books out of order; I do not think The Sinner was as good as Keepsake or The Mephisto Club. I did like learning more about the characters of Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli. Gerritsen has developed some wonderful main characters and a great supporting cast. I plan to read the entire series. I recommend reading The Sinner as it is part of a broader story. The plot was not bad but was a bit predictable. I still enjoyed reading the book and the character details kept me interested.
Janice
This book continues the character development of Jane Rizzoli, homicide detective, and Maura Isles, Medical Examiner. While trying to solve the murder of a young nun, as well as the attempted murder of another, both Jane and Maura are also dealing with relationships in their personal lives, Jane with a man who is also in law enforcement , and Maura with her ex-husband. This series continues to be suspenseful and gripping, well written.
Nancy
I loved the first two books in this series, but for some reason, book number three left me a bit empty. Not that I had read this book before, but there was something familiar about it. The book Devious by Lisa Jackson came to mind. Maybe it was because they both involved assaults on nuns, but I do not know.

The book series Rizzoli and Isles bears little resemblance to the television series, so you will have to separate one from the other. The characters names are the same, but their lifestyles ar...more
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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...more
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