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The Sinner

(Tom Killgannon #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  28 reviews

In prison not everyone is guilty . . .

Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by his handler, DS Sheridan. His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his victims. The only problem is that Tom has to obtain that information from within
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Published July 18th 2019 by Zaffre
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Louise Wilson
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4

Tom Killgallon #2

Tom Killgallon is an ex-undercover policeman. He now works in witness protection. He's now living in Cornwall but he gets a visit from DS Sheridan asking him to return and go undercover to get information from a child killer. They want him to go into Blackmoor prison to get a child killer to reveal where he had buried the children's bodies. But when Ton got into prison the jibs not going to be as easy as he first thought. He must be treated like any other
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Sinner is the 2nd in the Tom Killgannon series. I didn’t know this but, I needn’t have worried you can read it as a standalone.
Tom Kilgannon ex- undercover Police officer and now he is in witness protection, is enjoying his life in Cornwall and it’s just starting to feel like home when he gets a visit from DS Sheridan asking him to return and go under cover and get information from child killer Noel Cunningham. To find out where the bodies of his victims are. Cunningham is in Blackmoor
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of The Sinner, the second novel to feature former undercover detective and current witness protectee, Tom Killgannon.

Tom (not his real name) is enjoying his life in Cornwall when DS Sheridan and DC Blake come calling. The terms of this quiet life mean that he can be recalled for service at any time and they are insisting that he go undercover in Blackmoor prison to get a child killer to reveal where he buried the bodies. All
Natalie M
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having not read the first book in this series, I don’t feel I needed to do so. Tom Killgannon is an undercover officer with a highly complex background which makes his character incredibly intriguing.

Tom is coerced into taking a job in Blackmoor prison where he is to obtain information regarding the location of the bodies of murdered children. What follows is an extremely clever plot. The highs are truly high, the lows extremely frustrating but all in the name of great writing!

Four-stars for
Alan Taylor
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Martyn Waites last novel, ‘The Old Religion’, found Tom Killgannon living in Cornwall, in the witness protection programme for reasons unknown to the reader, and getting caught up in pagan rites and farmers’ rights. In ‘The Sinner’, Tom’s past catches up with him as his ‘handlers’ demand that he enters Blackmoor prison in an attempt to persuade a child killer to reveal the location of his victims’ bodies. Tom is undercover, his true identity unknown to even the prison authorities and he very ...more
Lisa M
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I really enjoyed the storyline but just felt elements of it were too farcical for belief. In fairness however, I guess that applies to a lot of books!

I say disbelief because the storyline revolved around an undercover officer (Tom Killgannon) going into prison on the pretence of trying to get information out of a child-murderer (where he hid their bodies) but there was much more to this than Tom initially thinks. He is reunited (not in a good sense) with a high-grade gangster, Dean
Liz Barnsley
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I was a huge fan of The Old Religion, a dark tale, the first to feature Tom Gilgannon-and whilst the character still engaged me I have to be honest and say I wasn't QUITE as enamoured of this one although it was still beautifully written and especially in its second half a real page turner.

I'll get the less positive out of the way first- that being that the central premise the story relied on I found to be frankly rather unbelievable. There were at least two points in this book that I stopped to
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new author for me and the second in the series. I am glad to say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. A tense prison drama, hard and gritty where it needed to be but also with a human element. Plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and tapping my kindle faster and faster. Brutality as befits the setting. Plenty of heart in your mouth moments. Definitely worth reading. Almost five stars and highly recommended. Infact I enjoyed this book so much I have downloaded the first in the ...more
Kerry-louise Jones
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own-physical

A fast paced and well written story that I would definitely recommend.

This is the second book in the series but can definitely be read as a stand alone novel as the connections that had been developed between the characters in the first were clearly demonstrated and nothing that happened in this one seemed dependant on anything that happened in the other book.

I don't know why but I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book (I cant apologise enough to the author) but I was totally surprised by it. I
marjorie hall-venmore
#The Sinner # Netgally
This is one awesome bood. With more twist and turns that any maze has to offer. When Tom realises he's been recognised things start to get very very uncomfortable for Tom. Because he can not contact Henderson Sheldon who is supposed to be handling thing . Tom as no choice but to tray and deal With it himself. He start to question who he can and cannot trust. In parts this. book runs too near to the mark regarding his live,. With lives on the line the double crossing and
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a little confession to make. Yes, yet another one. Although I have the first book ('The Old Religion') in the Tom Killgannon series on my ever increasing 'to be read' mountain, I haven't actually read it yet. I know, I know where have I been all this time? Having just read the second book in the series called 'The Sinner', I now realise just what I have been missing out on. I can't believe I haven't read the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Sinner' but more about that in a ...more
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Sinner…

A person who transgresses against divine law by committing an immoral act or acts.

This novel blew my flipping socks off. This is the second instalment of the Tom Killgannon series, but rest assured you can easily read this as a standalone. I did and at no point did I feel like I was missing any major plot point. The plot moulded and transformed into an all-encompassing shadow. It started off small but quickly broke free of its bonds and showed its monstrous side. I lapped this story
Michelle Ryles
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-read
Newcastle born Martyn Waites is one half of the husband and wife thriller writing team publishing under the pseudonym Tania Carver. Although I haven't read any Tania Carver books, the name was well known enough to me to pique my interest in the Tom Killgannon series that Martyn Waites has published under his own name. I own a copy of the first book in the series, The Old Religion, and I was hoping to read it before I started book two, The Sinner, but as always there are too many books and so ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stars from me

Oh wow, I completely loved The Sinner by Martyn Waites! I haven’t read anything of his before so had no idea really what to expect but after the first couple of chapters I was completely hooked and frankly a bit gutted when it ended.

Tom Killgannon’s character in The Sinner was thoroughly engaging and the subplot with Noel Cunningham was just as interesting as the main ‘undercover’ op vs gangster Dean Foley thread. In fact I found the relationship between Tom and Dean to be
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book really does take you on a rollercoaster of emotion. Strong narrative, tight writing and plenty of tension. This book follows Tom Kilgannon on his second outing by Martyn Waites, building on things learned in the first book we find out even more in this. Tom gets sent on an undercover mission into Blackmoor Prison, so far so simple, he doesn't realise he is being set up nor the characters from his past he will come face to face with. I don't want to relay the plot as its more ...more
Lel Budge
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tom Killgannon was an u dear over cop, responsible for putting away notorious drug baron, Dean Foley.

Now in witness protection, Tom lives a quiet life in Cornwall. But, as part of this deal, he is on call for the odd undercover operation. So, when the child killer, Noel Cunningham says he may be willing to give up the whereabouts of his last victims bodies, Tom is sent to prison to find out more.

He ‘befriends’ Noel and is about to get the information, but a face from his past, Dean Foley,
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel about Tom Killgannon, who is an ex undercover policeman, now in a witness protection programme and based in Cornwall. As part of his witness protection rules, he is requested to pose undercover as a prisoner at Blackmoor Prison. He is placed as the cell mate of a notorious child killer, with the aim of finding out where he buried two of his innocent victims. However, he is unaware that his old adversary Dean Foley, is also a prisoner there and hates Tom with a vengeance. ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sinner is a high action, pacy thriller that left me scared to turn the pages because of what was going to happen next. The tension was almost unbearable! I loved the writing and the way Martyn Waites brings to life the dismal atmosphere of the prison. There's an interesting cast of characters and I was rooting for Tom Kilgannon all along (even when ...) I was terrified for him when the plot twists started coming fast. I really liked the way the writer showed different sides to the prisoners ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this thriller. Loved the characters & some of the “lorry car park” scenes were set in a town ten minutes away from where I live which was interesting ... I read it as a stand alone as I hadn’t realised that it was part of a series but it read fine although I wish I had read the first book soon for more background. Will definitely look out for other books by this author. (I received this book free from net galley)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this by chance on good reads and saw how high the rating was. I decided to give it a read. I'd read feed back that it was #2 for Tom Killgannon but could be read seperately. I was absolutely hooked from page 1, a powerful prologue that got me immediately. All books must have an ending and I was hoping that the ending did justice to the bulk of the story. I feel like it did end well..... Leaves it open for book #3

Well written, suspenseful and somewhat creepy!
Stephen Gourlay
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked The Old Religion - and this is better.
Undercover cop sent into jail to get information. Comes across old enemy and ensuing fight for survival.
Love a good prison drama and this doesn't disappoint. Plenty of action and tension but character interaction both in and outside of prison really interseting.
Character of Tom fleshed out in this one.
Looking forward to seeing where we go next.
Andy Wormald
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following on from The Old Religion which for me was one the outstanding reads of last year, Martyn Waites brings us The Sinner which dare I say takes us to another level in chillingly exciting thrillers.

Here we find Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer approached to go under cover in a local prison to gain the confidence of a child killer and to find the whereabouts of where he has buried the bodies, however, this is not going to be a straightforward job as no one inside the prison
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living in witness protection, ex-undercover police officer, Tom Killgannon, finds himself summoned back to work by a local task force headed by DS Sheridan. His mission puts him inside Blackmoor prison, where he is tasked to befriend Noel Cunningham, a child killer, to try to ascertain where he has hidden two of his victims’ bodies that have never been found. A prison is a dangerous place at the best of times, but Tom’s life is put at risk when he is identified by Dean Foley, a convicted ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by a local police task force, headed by DS Sheridan. His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his final two victims.
The catch? Tom has to obtain that information from within Blackmoor prison itself.
Undercover and with no back-up, Tom soon runs into danger.
In the prison is convicted gangster Dean Foley. He used to run
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for the advance copy of this book, which is the second, book featuring Tom Killgannon.

I read this one straight after reading The Old Religion and am so glad I did.

I love the character of Tom Killgannon, although some things are slightly unbelievable he is a good person at heart.

This novel has lots of twists and turns and plenty of prison drama, and touches on loyalty.

The writing flows so it is an easy read.

Martyn Waites has obviously done his
Tony Stephens
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not read anything by Martyn before so this was a pleasant surprise. The book grips you from the start and does not let go. A pretty unique premise and you feel for the character as he becomes more isolated. I will certainly be reading the next book from this excellent author.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Martyn Waites (b. 1963) is an English actor and author of hard-boiled fiction. Raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, he spent his post-university years selling leather coats, working in pubs and doing stand-up comedy. After a stint in drama school, Waites pursued life on the stage, performing regionally in theaters across England. TV and commercial work followed, and he continued to act full-time until ...more

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