Within the walls of a cloistered convent, a scene of unspeakable carnage is discovered.
On the snow lie two nuns, one dead, one critically injured - victims of a seemingly motiveless, brutally savage attack.
Medical examiner Maura Isles' autopsy of the murder victim yields a shocking surprise, but the case takes a disturbing twist.
The body of another woman has been found. And someone has gone to a lot trouble to remove her face, hands and feet.
As long buried secrets are revealed so Dr Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, find themselves part of an investigation that leads to an awful, dawning realisation of the killer's identity...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/12/2009
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780553824544
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Review by si
The elements of extreme personal threat, against Dr Catherine Cordell in The Surgeon and Det. Jane Rizzoi in The Apprentice,which over-hang the first two novels in this series are gone. As are the serial killer's musings.In The sinner we have white-collar crime, corporate cover-ups, the death of innocent bystanders. We also get more of Rizzoli & Isles's private lives: families, lovers, ex-husbands, children. And a 'Bridget Jones' happy ending.As a whole the book as involving & enjoyable. The mystery engaging.The killer's actions are less believable and the final confrontation struck me as being more about the novel wanting a big set piece finish than a logical conclusion to events. It's difficult to reconcile the killer's decisions in retrospect. And the relationship between the killer and their employer/ex-employer? is never explained.Tess Gerritsen is one of the best modern crime-writers I've read. This book is perhaps only let down by the re-positioning of characters, for a projected series, over-shadowing the central crime.