Petra Hammesfahr, born in 1951, has not had an easy life: she left school at thirteen and became pregnant by an alcoholic husband at seventeen. It is a life that has provided inspiration for her bittersweet family crime novels where the sweetness of childhood and the horror of adults meet. Hammesfahr has written over twenty crime and suspense novels and writes scripts for television and film. She has won numerous literary prizes, including the Crime Prize of Wiesbaden and the Rhineland Literary Prize.
Praise for The Sinner "In this intelligent, haunting novel Hammesfahr has etched with precision the thoughts of a woman pushed to the edge of madness." Der Spiegel "Masterful psychological thriller that holds you by the throat until the bitter end." Stuttgarter Nachrichten "Hammesfahr is our Stephen King. Her horrifying psycho-thriller is powerfully seductive." Brigitte "Expertly told tales that describe those initially innocent chain reactions triggered by human frailty" Die Welt