Title: The Sinner
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Publication Year: 2003
Genre: Fiction, Crime
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
I think this is the strongest book in the series so far. Pity that it took until the third book to really get there, to be honest – if it wasn’t for my love of all things series, and of my desire to finish what I start, I might not have lost interest before I got here.
Maybe it’s my love of all things mysterious and conspiracy-theory, particularly relating to the Catholic church, but my interest was piqued right from the discovery of the body that opened up this book. It’s definitely not Gerritsen’s writing style that hooked me. (I find it fairly cheesy and overwrought, to be honest.) Rather, it’s the plot twists and details that really manage to catch my attention.
I really liked the subplots that are introduced in this book to do with Rizzoli’s pregnancy, and Isles’ relationship with a mystery man (I won’t tell you who until I review the next book, so I don’t spoil it for you!). But I have to say that these two elements lent the novel quite a bit more of a personal touch than the previous installments.