The Sinner - Petra Hammesfahr & John Brownjohn

The Sinner

By Petra Hammesfahr & John Brownjohn

  • Release Date: 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 105 Ratings)


The basis for the "instantly gripping" (Washington Post) limited series on USA starring Jessica Biel, The Sinner is an internationally bestselling psychological thriller surrounding an unexplained murder

On a sunny summer afternoon by the lake, Cora Bender stabs a complete stranger to death. Why? What would cause this quiet, kind young mother to commit such a startling act of violence in front of her family and friends?

Cora quickly confesses and it seems like an open-and-shut case. But the police commissioner, haunted by these unaswered questions, refuses to close the file and begins his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into the depths of her own psyche and the violent secrets buried within.

A dark, spellbinding novel where the truth is to be questioned at every turn, The Sinner is now a smash summer hit, with the TV series hailed as one of the best new shows of summer.

“As I read [the novel], I kept going, ‘I know where this is going—there’s no way this could be interesting.’ And then it would just take a com­pletely different direction.” —Jessica Biel

“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


  • The Sinner

    By RaeRaeJayJay
    I enjoyed the book and recommend it. My only complaint is about the translation. I found it difficult to follow at first. It got easier as I progressed. I have a working knowledge of German which helped. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the unexpected ending.
  • Confusing

    By Carrinles
    Very confusing to read. The story is all over the place and therefore difficult to follow. I had to stop halfway through chapter 4. I'm surprised I made it that far...
  • Really clunky

    By turner89
    I blame the translation; just made the conversations and thought processes sound so juvenile. Like everyone was in a truly bad high school play.