The Sinner

The Sinner

Book - 2007
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Publisher: London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780143132851
Branch Call Number: M HAMMESF PETRA
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 20 cm


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SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Jul 20, 2018

TV series based on this book, 2018 Golden Globe nominatee: Best Miniseries; Best Actress, Jessica Biel.

Oct 09, 2017

I had hoped to read this before watching the limited series on USA, but did not get my turn until after the series had finished. In retrospect, I believe that was the order that worked best for me.

Cora is one disturbed young woman and as I read this book I saw some glimpses of Patricia Highsmith's work, but also "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest came to mind. Throughout the investigation of the murder on the lido, Cora is interviewed by police, a professor at the mental institution and her lawyer. Sometimes her rantings and ravings are downright whackadoodle and for a good reason. The household she grew up in was downright despicable. It made me cringe to see how her mother behaved using religion as a crutch to beat her own family into submission. How crafty the evil one is to masquerade as religion in a household like that.

This is one twisty, dark journey into the world of Cora Bender. I am giving it three stars, not because I "liked it" but to give the author credit for making Cora's world so believable.


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