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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  33 reviews
As a direct descendant of the 19th century vigilante gang, the Bald Knobbers, Ezekiel Woods, Jr. has been indoctrinated into a world ruled by violence and a literal interpretation of the bible his entire life. Now, over a hundred years later, Zeke continues his ancestors’ crusade, spending his days camouflaged as an aloof middle-aged grocery store sacker and his nights in ...more
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Published April 5th 2018 by OP Media
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Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

In 2018, I read my first horror book and probably my last. This is not at the discredit of the author, who did a fine job of invading my dreams and turning them into nightmares. I haven’t been this freaked out since Season 4 of Dexter and the Trinity Killer: holy moly my senses are on overdrive; paranoia being the top dog here. By the way, thanks a lot John Lithgow, you have officially ruined my fond memories of Harry and the Henderson’s.

Let me give you a little background here, I promise to be
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

I think that Sinner by Christopher Graves might actually be my very first horror novel, and I would definitely call this horror.

The Sinner focuses on a man named Zeke who is a direct descendant of what I could call a religious cult, although the blurb calls it a vigilante group. He is obsessed with ridding the world of "whores" which is basically every unmarried woman he sees.

Reading this book, to me, was like watching an episode of Criminal Minds, except you are in the killers and vict
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
RTC. This was purrrdy good for what it was!
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so the first person reviewing this, I even had to create a listing for it with the cover photo. Yey, look at me contributing to promotion of new authors world(or at least goodreads)wide. Christopher Graves' fiction debut Sinner was/is a screenplay, a some award winning on e too. Not sure what came first, probably screenplay, but either way this book sort of reads like one. It's a movie of a book, fast paced, action driven. The plot is your basic serial killer thriller, in this case religious ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Big thank you to Smith Publicity for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

Two genres I'll never say no to, horror and thrillers. Well, SINNER by Christopher Graves, is a great melding of the two! I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going into this one - I saw the title and the genres and decided to go for it. Oh man, if you're a fan of religious cults, then this is one you need to pick up right away.

Ezekiel Woods Jr., also known as Zeke, is a direct descendant of the Bald Knobbe
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The Bald Knobbers were a 19th century vigilante gang who followed and enforced a literal interpretation of the bible. They wore masks painted with horrifying faces and seemingly glowing orange eyes. The hood resembles horns, protruding several inches from the head.

Ezekial Woods, Zeke for short, is a direct descendant of the gang and honors their duty. By day, he is a grocery store bagger. By night, he tortures sinning women; to him, his nightly crusades are a series of baptisms. To say he is a
Melanie Marsh

I have somewhat mixed feelings about Sinner . On the one hand, the premise behind the story is a good one and interesting. On the other hand, it doesn’t feel like it was completely cohesive. There were parts of the story that felt like they just would never end and others where there wasn’t nearly enough information. For instance, the Bald Knobbers are mentioned, but the author really doesn’t tell much about who they are, so unless you take the time to look them up yourself, you have minimal
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zeke is a religious fanatic from a long line of murderous child abusing nut jobs who seem to think they are on a mission from God to dole out retribution. With an affinity for torture and murder that could only be surpassed by Leatherface, Zeke is racking up the body count as he rids the world of "sinners" who of course are women. Not all women are so easily dispatched as Zeke finds out the hard way when one in particular refuses to be his victim in a highly suspenseful heart stopping conclusion ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, for-review, kindle
One of the things that a horror story is supposed to do is make the reader feel uncomfortable...sometimes. If you don't mind that feeling while reading an entire book, Sinner is a book you might want to check out. The story involves serial killer, Zeke, who is a descendant of a vigilante gang who targeted immoral women in the 19th century. He has been raised with sick religious ideals and seeks out women who he attempts to "save" from what he perceives as loose morals.

I'll be honest, I didn't li
Alexa Dudley
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Mystery/Thrillers but I'd never read one with a religious theme quite like this one. And I must say, I really enjoyed it. Christopher Graves did a great job of writing both an extremely creative story and one that will keep you up at night--both because you don't want to put it down and because you're terrified. I'd never heard of the Bald Knobbers before reading this book but, I really enjoyed that there was a historical connection (although this added an additionally frighten ...more
Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much Smith Publicity for providing my free copy of THE SINNER - all opinions are my own.

This book is wicked, unsettling, and downright terrifying, but in the best way. The story centers around Ezekiel Woods Jr., also known as Zeke, who is a direct descendent of a 19th century vigilante group called the Bald Knobbers. In God’s name, they try to rid the world of women who they deem sinful, by kidnapping and torturing them. However, one woman manages to escape and now Zeke is on the h
This was such a fast read! Once I started I felt like I couldn't stop....I just had to keep reading to see how things ended. In fact I was so enthralled by this book I almost missed my stop on the train coming home from work. Zeke was such a messed up and disturbed character but reading from his point of view was interesting. On the other hand Dani was a great heroine and I found myself hoping she would survive. This book is definitely disturbing and I felt unsettled many times while reading but ...more
Kim Murray
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sinner did not disappoint at all! From the beginning the reader is pulled in to a very descriptive scene. You know right away that this is based with a religious theme and that our main character has some family issues that form his adult life. The scenes involving the victims are written with enough graphic detail so the reader can get the feel of what the author was conveying. There are some flashbacks throughout and from several characters so at times I had to review a few pages to make sure ...more
RaeAnna Rekemeyer
Apr 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sinner is the last book I would ever recommend to anyone. It’s painful and amateurish. Graves writes like he is a novice trying to come across as an accomplished writer. I can almost imagine him flipping through a writer’s handbook, pointing at a literary device, and thinking yes, I’ll try that one. His depictions of rape and incest are flippant, disrespectful, and offensive. His female characters may be strong, but they’re empty. It is disorganized, lacks cohesion, riddled with grammar errors, ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished SINNER by Christopher Graves yesterday. Which, I know, may not seem like much of a feat for me since it is just a book and that’s what readers do: we finish books.

HOWEVER, SINNER was my first horror read ever! Two months ago, I promised myself that in the spirit of the New Year I was going to try new things and change my reading habits: I vowed to explore book genres and read a little everyday. Historically, I would have NEVER touched a horror novel, never mind read one in its entiret
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sinner is told from many different narratives throughout the chapters. The only constant is that of Zeke who is a direct descendant of The Bald Knobbers and is continuing their reign of terror by selecting unsuspecting women and holding them captive in the cellar of his home.
Zeke is described as an outcast, someone who is constantly picked on by his fellow employees and usually keeps to himself. He is strange, unse
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy of Sinner, written by first-time author, Christopher Graves, and could not have been more impressed. This book was a heart-pounding, nail-biting, page-turning rollercoaster right up to the end with some truly terrifying surprise twists and turns. Horror fans will be pleased. Graves’ descriptive narrative is incredibly cinematic pulling the reader in and making them feel like they’re right there in the room with the characters, which can be truly terrifying at ...more
The Belle
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

I'll preface this review by disclosing the fact that I've read a lot of thrillers.

I've also read some horror. And I've read some twisted psychological novels that left me feeling dirty and shaking my head like ... "what in the actual hell?"

But then, I read Sinner.

Do I call it horror? Do I call it a thriller? I don't know.

What I do know, is that I can call it distinctly bone-chilling.

And I know I can call it terrifying. Seriously. This book lingered on the periphery my brain for weeks after I
Review by the Page
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re afraid of something, Sinner probably has it.

“Sinner” opens with a flashback to 1887 Missouri, where madam Minerva Yates is murdered outside her brothel by a group of men in horned hoods. They are known as the Bald Knobbers, a group of men who are religious zealots who believe it is their God-given duty to punish sinners, particularly women. Flash forward to the modern era and a descendant of this religious cult.

“Sinner” is written by actor and award winner screen writer Christpher Grav
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the 19th century there was a vigilante group known as the Bald Knobbers striking fear into the hearts of Missouri residents. The gang’s beliefs were deeply rooted in religion and a literal interpretation of the Bible, often leading to violent actions on women who were deemed impure. Ezekiel Woods, Jr. is a direct descendant from the Bald Knobbers and has decided it is time to carry on their mission. Known to those around him as Zeke, he is seen as the strange older man working at the grocery ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Told in flashbacks and present time, the story is about Ezekiel 'Zeke' and his religious mission, set out by his ancestors and members of a vigilante group called the Bald Knobbers, to punish the sinners. Dani, his most recent victim, is running low on time as she fights to survive and escape.

The full summary of the book had me right away. I'm not a religious person, but also not atheist, so it's always interesting readin
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it

Full review here:

I’m not a huge fan of thrillers, and besides the J.D Robb “In Death” series, I don’t often read mysteries. But when the publishers offered to send me this book, it sounded interesting so I was ready to give it a read. One of the things I noticed — and became very clear while reading — is that Sinner is an adapted screenplay. There are definitely elements of this book that still read as a movie, so while it’s still visual, there were
TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dani is trying to find her way in life and move on from her cheating ex-boyfriend by going out on a nice dinner date.
The evening soon draws to a close and Dani is filled with a great sense of happiness.

Until the shadows in her room come to life and reveal a mysterious figure in a mask.

Before she realizes it, Dani is abducted by none other than The Rattlesnake Killer. At his mercy, Dani experiences a firsthand world of horror and the twisted ritual where his victims are forced to face death or re
Amy W.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers (Thomas Harris) and horror (Stephen King), add this page-turner to your reading list. Just don’t read it at bedtime, unless you enjoy insomnia and/or nightmares.

Told in alternating perspective by the hunter (Zeke, serial-killin’ for the Lord) and the hunted (Dani, who just had her first decent date in years and is not about to go down like this), the story zips along from one disturbing sequence to the next. Snappy dialogue provides much needed comic re
Amanda Ellis
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Smith Publishing for review - thank you so much!

3.5 Stars
This book was an action filled, fast paced psychological thriller. This definitely had my heart racing and I was pretty impressed with the writing, storytelling, and plot. However, I do wish the characters had more depth and diversity, and I wish the book was a little long in order to give more historical and character context to the story.

You can read my original blurb below as well as my full review o
Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
SINNER is a pretty good read. It's about religion and violence. In these pages, the past and present collide.

As a direct descendent of the 19th century vigilante gang, the Bald Knobbers, Ezekiel Woods, Jr. has been indoctrinated into a world ruled by violence and a literal interpretation of the Bible his entire life. Ezekiel spends his days trying to fit in as a grocery store clerk. He is constantly picked on by his co-workers. He spends his nights in a farmhouse cellar. He prepare's his captiv
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. The plot of “SINNER” is gripping and never truly releases its grasp around your chest until you close the back cover. The end of each chapter is assurance you will turn the next page.

The characters are more than just “developed”. They are revealed in layers, peeled back, evolving throughout the book. I found myself conflicted regarding good and evil as linear characteristics. Sinner was compelling. Once I began, it was almost impossible to lay down. The tension, the excitement, the
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first horror story I have ever read. I am not usually one to like to read or watch anything with the word horror in it. That being said, when I got the copy of this book to review I wasn’t aware that it is a horror story, I was quickly drawn in and then there was no turning back. There were so many dark and eerie parts that made me feel like I couldn’t read it before going to bed at night because it would take over my dreams. I really liked this book and found it hard to put down bec ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The main character is a religious fanatic raised by an abusive and religious mother. His victims are women whom he believes are wicked. The story is sort of creepy and a bit violent but not out and out gory. Even though you know who the killer is from the start, it is still a bit suspenseful. All in all it wasn’t a bad read at all.
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