The Sinner

The Sinner

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"The basis for the highly anticipated limited series on USA starring Jessica Biel premiering August 2nd, The Sinner is an internationally bestselling psychological thriller by Germany's Patricia Highsmith On a sunny summer afternoon by the lake, Cora Bender stabs a man to death. Why? What would cause this quiet, kind young mother to stab a complete stranger in the throat over and over again, in full view of her family and friends? For the local police, it's an open-and-shut case. Cora quickly confesses and there's no shortage of witnesses, but those questions remain unanswered. Haunted by the case, the police commissioner refuses to close the file and begins his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora's past, a harrowing descent into a woman's private hell. A dark, spellbinding novel, where the truth is to be questioned at every turn, The Sinner has been a bestseller around the world, and is poised to be a summer smash with the coming TV adaptation, already hailed as one of the most anticipated shows of the summer. "The Sinner is unnerving and weird and guaranteed to stick with you weeks later." -Sarah Weinman, editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives and Women Crime Writers "Hauntingly insightful and sensitive." -The Guardian"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780143132851
Branch Call Number: HAMME
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Brownjohn, John

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darladoodles
Oct 09, 2017

I had hoped to read this before watching the limited series on USA, but did not get my turn until after the series had finished. In retrospect, I believe that was the order that worked best for me.

Cora is one disturbed young woman and as I read this book I saw some glimpses of Patricia Highsmith's work, but also "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest came to mind. Throughout the investigation of the murder on the lido, Cora is interviewed by police, a professor at the mental institution and her lawyer. Sometimes her rantings and ravings are downright whackadoodle and for a good reason. The household she grew up in was downright despicable. It made me cringe to see how her mother behaved using religion as a crutch to beat her own family into submission. How crafty the evil one is to masquerade as religion in a household like that.

This is one twisty, dark journey into the world of Cora Bender. I am giving it three stars, not because I "liked it" but to give the author credit for making Cora's world so believable.

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