Petra Hammesfahr wrote her first novel at the age of seventeen. After landing a bestseller with The Quiet Mr. Genardy , she has had one successful book after another and is today one of Germany’s best known crime writers. She lives near Cologne.
On a sunny summer afternoon by the lake, Cora Bender stabs a man to death. Why? What would cause this quiet, kind young mother to stab a complete stranger in the throat over and over again, in full view of her family and friends? For the local police, it’s an open-and-shut case. Cora quickly confesses and there’s no shortage of witnesses, but those questions remain unanswered. Haunted by the case, the police commissioner refuses to close the file and begins his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.
A dark, spellbinding novel, where the truth is to be questioned at every turn, The Sinner has been a bestseller around the world, and was made into a TV series by USA Network.
Praise for The Sinner:
“The Sinner is unnerving and weird and guaranteed to stick with you weeks later.” -Sarah Weinman, editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives and Women Crime Writers
“Hauntingly insightful and sensitive.” –The Guardian
“The best psychological suspense novel I have read all year . . . a brilliant study of a woman driven to the edge of madness.” –Sunday Telegraph
“Petra Hammesfahr’s The Sinner demonstrates why she is one of Germany’s bestselling writers of crime and psychological thrillers. It’s grim, delves deep into the human psyche, and keeps you gripped.” –The Times (London)