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The Sinner

Written by:
Petra Hammesfahr
Narrated by:
Christa Lewis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2017
13 hours 34 minutes
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 bestseller list, The Sinner has been reprinted sixteen times and sold over 760,000 copies at home. Translated into eleven languages, this is the first Hammesfahr title published in English.
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Tammy Berrie

I thought this book was powerful! Made even better by expert narration. The narrator WAS Cora, capturing her mental status with the minutest change of pitch and tone. Dark and spellbinding as promised. While I agree that it is long and drawn out, I think it has to be! Cora's psyche is a dark and twisted labyrinth. Cora is constantly dropping little clues that you didn't realize were clues at the time - so I can absolutely see why some have backed up to re-listen. If fact, I may let some time pass and listen to the entire production again so I can catch what I missed the first time. Bizarre and engrossing - catastrophic religious fervor and a complicated (to say the least) relationship with her sister, helps set this apart from some standard psychological fare. Bring on more Hammesfahr English translations!

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Debra C.

Difficult to follow at times. Took a long time to get through the book because I had to keep going back a few chapters to catch what I didn’t understand. It really dragged.

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Blondelle O\\\'Garro

This book was interesting from the start. A great listen!

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Stacy S.

Descent story line but way too long and dragged out.

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