Sunday, April 8, 2018

Review: THE SINNER by Petra Hammesfahr

Publisher Bitter Lemon Press
Length 338 pages
Format paperback
Published 2018 (first published 1998)
Series standalone 
My Copy provided by the publisher

The Sinner is a complex and intense psychological crime novel which highlights the unpredictable nature of repressed memories when combined with underlying violent tendencies. 

Having watched the Netflix series, I was interested to see how much the adaptation deviated from the book. The answer? Not much. 

That said, author Petra Hammesfahr's book does provide a richer narrative with the focus near exclusive on Cora, everything else, including Policeman Grovian, and Cora's husband is mostly background noise; don't get me wrong, those characters play their part, but the attention is as it should be - on Cora as she slowly unravels her past while confronting the present. 

My rating: 5/5 stars. The Sinner is a highly evocative book; gripping and intense, the story sure to keep churning around the readers head long after the last page is turned. 

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