The Sinner

John Pullman and Jessica Biel turn in exceptional performances in this tight thriller on Neflix

The Sinner on Netflix starring John Pullman and Jessica Biel, series 1.

This is a psychological thriller that follows Harry Ambrose (John Pullman) as a police investigator trying to uncover Cora Tennetti’s (Jessica Biel) buried motive for stabbing to death a stranger on a beach.

There are many dark recesses in Tennetti’s mind and she struggles to come to grips with what she’s done while trying to unlock the secrets in her brain that will – hopefully – shed light on her crime.

Along the way we are introduced to varied and colourful characters intertwined with Ambrose and Tennetti.

The flashbacks were jarring at times with uncomfortable scenes and language that left me unsettled.

[I thought Nadia Alexander turned in a stunning performance as Cora’s sister Phoebe (the older version) especially in the last two episodes when the material was particularly dark and disturbing.]

Along the way we discover Ambrose is far from an ordinary police officer and there is clearly something troubling from his past too.

If you’re looking for a good thriller with some psychological depth then I would definitely recommend The Sinner.

[I only found out afterwards that The Sinner is an adaptation of a book by Petra Hammesfahr.]

I felt the final twist was rushed and didn’t make a lot of sense until I looked it up. Full credit to Pullman and Biel for pulling an amazing performance out of the bag.

Overall, well worth watching even if there are some harrowing parts.