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Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora's past, a harrowing descent into a woman's private hell.
Hailed as Germany's Patricia Highsmith, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel. At the top of the best seller list, The Sinner has been reprinted 16 times and sold over 760,000 copies at home. Translated into 11 languages, this is the first Hammesfahr title published in English.
©1999 Rowohlt Verlag GmbH, Reinbek bei Hamburg; English translation copyright 2007 by John Brownjohn (P)2017 Tantor
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By Donna on 06-04-17


I was sold by the blurb describing the book.... I was not disappointed. Just the perfect blend of excellent writing, plot and character development.

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By Alixandra Hice on 08-13-17


At first the story was convoluted. Actually it was convoluted the whole way through with Cora's vacillation between truth, lies, and obstructed memories. But it was also interesting trying to keep up with it all. The story does require concentration. But that's the fun part. The author's ability to spin yarn after yarn interspersed with morsels of truth, is admirable. To think and write like an emotionally compromised woman and still construct a compelling (albeit confusing) story is pure genius. For those who couldn't muster the wherewithal to follow the plot, they certainly forfeited a treat. I loved this book! It was impeccable brain exercise with a reward for the reader. It induced such a range of emotions and feels. All the characters were carefully portrayed... right down to the wise and lovely Mario. This book is a kaleidoscope of conversations, guilt, lies, mental and emotional trauma, abuse, and finally redemption, all tied up with a beautiful bow of humanity.

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By MR SONER KIZILTAS on 09-04-17

Would recommend to a friend

Great story, lots of detail and twists and turns. I liked the fact that it was quite dark and narrator played the parts well, very much looking forward to the TV series!

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