Netflix have outdone themselves yet again with one of their most addictive and best TV shows. Based on the 2007 book by Petra Hammesfahr, The Sinner is a show that takes you on a journey of suspense and edge to unearth a plot that never ceases to enthral.
The show is less than five minutes old before you’re sucked in. Cora Tannetti, played by Jessica Biel, appears to be a normal young woman enjoying the day at the beach with her husband and young son. Suddenly, for seemingly no reason, she snaps to an unprecedented level of rage that results in her stabbing the man of the neighbouring couple seven times in a shockingly brutal frenzy. Hooked already!
Confusion ensues as to why she committed such a heinous crime, and Cora herself cannot explain her uncharacteristic actions. It appears to be a cut and dried case, with no fight or defence of her actions – only the lack of motive is questionable. Enter Detective, Harry Ambrose, played by Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Spaceballs), who has his own issues to deal with, but refuses to believe this is just a killing with seemingly no explainable motive, thus being Cora’s only hope to find the answers that explain her actions.
A series of flashbacks from Cora’s past, from childhood to womanhood, merged with the intrigue from current day events, makes The Sinner a tremendously paced psychological thriller, one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in a very long time, I’m rating it that highly. The acting and chemistry between Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman is excellent, showing exactly why they are household names.
With twists and turns throughout that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, The Sinner will keep you guessing until the final flashback as to what really happened to invoke this violent murder. I cannot recommend this show highly enough.