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5 Stars Out Of 5
September 7, 2008
I am so surprised more people do not know about this author and book!! This is the best book I have read this summer and Rogers is in the same league as Ted Dekker and Robert Liparulo - anyone who loves those authors really should open their eyes to this new author. YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK.
Wow! And wow again! As far as I am aware, this is a break out novel for Sharon Carter Rogers, and she just made it to the top of my authors-to-watch list. Sinner is a story that, while somewhat predictable in outcome, is a compelling journey. Rogers weaves a tale of past and present to a surprise living-connection between two engaging characters. CK Ivors is a name without a face to most of the world. But to her charming entourage she is boss, author, and Superman collector extraordinaire. The Sinner is mystery man, vigilante and urban-legend all rolled into one. Hes been quiet for years but hes on the move again wearing a cool grey coat. CK Ivors is desperate for the subject of her next book and finds it in The Sinner. CK and her team are some of the most engaging characters and I do mean characters I have met in my reading of late. Rogers does a fabulous job of making the reader fond of this unlikely collection of talent that hunts down the famous Sinner legend, and eager to read more of their collaborations. The conclusion of the story finds CK confronting the past and The Sinner confronting forgiveness. Its a soft approach to the message that is accessible and uncomplicated. Sinners in both camps forgiven and otherwise will find this a poignant and fitting end. Im amazed at how adept Rogers is at pacing and transition, as well as the already mentioned character development. She weaves a tale of ins and outs that could leave you needing a score card, but does it without so much as a moment of confusion or anxiety. What should happen at just the right time does, leaving the reader wholly gratified and not the least bit disappointed. Dont know where she came from, but this is one author I wont miss next time!
This was a book that was difficult to put down! I'm excited to find a Christian author that can write such a wonderful suspense novel. I will definitely be looking for future works by Sharon Carter Rogers.
I met SCR through MySpace and am grateful to her and the Nappaland Literary Agency for the opportunity to read her debut novel, Sinner.What you'll find with this novel is all the elements that make a good story coupled with an easy to read narrative voice. The opening grabs you quickly. Who is this stranger and what has the priest done to deserve such treatment?Then we're introduced to one C. K. Ivors, true crime writer and amateur sleuth, and her band of misfits. I really liked Galway. Every book should find a way to include a conspiracy theorist, they're such a hoot. One thing that really impressed me is SCR's character development. Even minor characters are well-rounded, believable folks you can relate to.Something really fun for me was the journal entries ending each chapter. They were interesting and kept you guessing. You know they're there for a reason, but how do they relate to the present situation CK is working on?As the story progresses and the evidence is examined by CK and company, it becomes clear that one of two things is going on.1) There's a line of vigilantes throughout history, pre-dating the Civil War, who've taken upon themselves to bring justice to ne'er-do-wells.2) The Sinner is something otherworldly. After all, we learn he has incredible strength, he 'sees' the evil doers in his dreams and he's more than a hundred and fifty years old. And a few other things I won't give away. :-)The Sinner is obviously haunted by guilt, hurt, anger--as well as his dreams. He can't escape them until he puts an end the evil he sees happening.SCR proves also that it's possible to write a gripping tale of suspense and mystery with minimal graphic violence and virtually no profanity. This is a nice change from much of what I read these days. Especially the violence. I think it's much more effective to wonder just what the Sinner did to his victim at times. I'm telling you this guy was creepy. And yet SCR made him very human and l