The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen: 52 in 52 Book #32

The Sinner

As I’m sure you all expected, I’ve managed to read another Tess Gerritsen novel. The Sinner is the third book in the Rizzoli & Isles series and, as the plot no longer references The Surgeon, it makes for a fresh and stimulating new plot to get your teeth into.

After the homicide of a nun in a chapel, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr Maura Isles go out in search of the culprit. In an intriguing and twisting investigation that includes babies, ex-husbands, India and cover-ups. You see a lot more of Maura than in the previous books and she interacts with Jane a lot more closely. It’s great to see the beginnings of a brilliant working and, I suspect, personal relationship between these two women.

It is a fact that I do like strong female characters to read about, but believable ones. I think Tess Gerritsen does a great job of developing not just one but two amazing female leads. Throughout the book we see a side of Jane Rizzoli that wasn’t present in the previous novels and we see the chinks in her armour more clearly. However, this enhances how much of a tough and determined woman she is but allows the reader to get closer to her and empathise with her. Maura’s past and insecurities are also brought to light in this novel and I love how Tess has managed to contrast her so well with Jane: whilst Jane is resilient, tomboyish and doesn’t take any rubbish, Maura is fashionable, more feminine but still maintains an air about her that others may find intimidating.

Whilst this book isn’t nearly as graphic as the previous two, it does brilliantly detail the deaths and autopsies. The description is still superb and I think that whilst the personal development of the characters took more precedence I this book, this in no way detracts from the way the investigation and victims are portrayed.

I would say these books are great but read them in order. The friend who got me into this series hasn’t read them in order and actually hasn’t read this particular book either. I feel you get a better sense of the characters and how they grow if you read them in order but this book could stand alone if you’re not bothered by such things. Highly recommend.



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