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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hill Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spinbobbin | 2/11/2014

    " this is a really good book. written in a way that u feel like ur in the inner most circles of police crime solving. lots of twist and turns . now on book three of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 2/8/2014

    " A unique look at a common, but no less tragic for it's frequency, pathology. Hill handles the numerous strands of plot and emotion with dexterity and sensitivity. The ending is particularly eloquent......because really, what explanation wold help us understand and accept the monstrosity described? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody Heifner | 2/6/2014

    " Great series. I am going to start book 3 soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/6/2014

    " Although the mystery is not quite as compelling as the first of the series set in small town Lafferton, UK, we get to see much more of DCI Simon Serailler, and try and understand what drives him, and what are his motivations (often obscure even to him). This plot starts with the disappearance of a young boy outside his home, and then turns to a great portrait of how a case like this affects the police, the community and the family. Simon is turning into a fascinating character, who we will thankfully see in print at least one more time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candy | 1/30/2014

    " This is definitely a series that must be read in order. Events carry from book to book, and not everything is resolved. Hill does an excellent job getting into the heads of her characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/21/2014

    " A bang-up sequel to a bang-up first in series (The Various Haunts of Men). I am THIS close to ordering a copy of the third and fourth in the series from England. Hill breaks every rule in the genre to brilliant effect. Brava. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/13/2014

    " The author wants to give darkness/bad endings precedent over lightness/closure. I gave this series another chance, and got what I expected. Do I like it? This is like watching a show for 2 hours and then seeing the words "to be continued". Good writer, get the point, like the characterizations, however the little bits of light could be brighter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/9/2014

    " Looking forward to more from this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Sanford | 12/12/2013

    " Totally caught me off guard. Great read with dynamic triplets dominating the action. Simon Serrailler and his family are the real mystery of the book, unfolding behind a backdrop of murder and kidnapping. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for more Simon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2013

    " 3.5 stars if I could give them. Hill's books are all about character development, so much so that I wouldn't really call them mysteries. There are some crime cases to be solved within the plot, but the people drive the story. Hill makes the people so interesting, though, that I want more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/27/2013

    " This is the second book in this series, it seemed to read much quicker and I enjoyed following on with the lives of the main characters. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline Corry | 10/12/2013

    " These books are a bit slow in the beginning and I feel like there are often too many characters with similar names, but I do like the storyline that sort of flows through the two I have read so far...so I will read another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibliophile | 10/9/2013

    " Not particularly well-written and Simon Serrailler seems like a pastiche of Elizabeth George's Lynley and P.D. James's Adam Dalgliesh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/2/2013

    " Rated 3.5. Another book in which medical issues are combined with criminal pursuits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 8/28/2013

    " Didn't like it as well as The Various Haunts of Men, but it was still a good read. Very interesting that the "mystery" is not actually solved and one must read the next in the series to figure out what's going on. I do like Hill's characters and am enjoying getting to know them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 8/18/2013

    " I'm slightly disappointed with this book, not sure about the characters or the plot, I will try the next in the series and then decide whether I can put up with a DCI who's a borderline sociopath! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxane | 5/17/2013

    " The 2nd in the Simon Serrailler series - love Ms Hill's writing (like comfort food for the reader). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 3/29/2013

    " This is no where near a simple whodunit. The issues are complex. The characters are complex. The ending is complex. Somewhat depressing but a wonderful book all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Coleman | 3/6/2013

    " Another cracker from Susan Hill but have the third book ready to start reading straight away... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genny | 12/24/2012

    " Nothing was tied up in this book so I had to move to the third book in the series immediately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 11/24/2012

    " My brief notes state, Excellent. This book was even better than the first in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janneke Lewis | 9/3/2012

    " Brilliant - plan on reading the series. They are wonderful stories, exquisitely written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 7/1/2012

    " Definitely a page-turner but a bit dark for me. I was hooked before I realized that the victim was a child (I don't read those anymore) so I had to skip the scenes of the little boy after he'd been abducted. Strong writing. Many subplots left unresolved, which I suppose is good for a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/28/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already ordered the next 2 in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 3/7/2011

    " Liked it as much as the first. Guess I'll have to get the third and fourth! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/20/2011

    " Great series. I am going to start book 3 soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 2/3/2011

    " Not as enticing as her first novel in the series, but still good. Good enough to read the third book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/3/2011

    " 2nd in a series. Liked the characters, plot, and writing. Currently reading the first in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 12/13/2010

    " A unique look at a common, but no less tragic for it's frequency, pathology. Hill handles the numerous strands of plot and emotion with dexterity and sensitivity. The ending is particularly eloquent......because really, what explanation wold help us understand and accept the monstrosity described? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 10/8/2010

    " I found this very painful to read. Couldn't bear the lack of a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/8/2010

    " I read this volume in the series first & was immediately engaged. I felt that the characters were very authentic & I came to care for them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/16/2010

    " This is the second of a series -- my bookstore sells it as a "staff pick." That's just crazy. The ending is so bad that I feel cheated of my time and money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/19/2010

    " I liked this book better than the first. While some things aren't resolved the way you might think they should be, they're still resolved and you have closure. As with the first book, I love her atmosphere and characters. I will most definitely read the third installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/16/2010

    " My brief notes state, Excellent. This book was even better than the first in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/9/2010

    " Rated 3.5. Another book in which medical issues are combined with criminal pursuits. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Hill

Susan Hill, a full-time writer since 1963, has written over forty novels, numerous nonfiction books, novellas, short stories, and several books for children. She was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards for her adult novels, as well as the Smarties Prize for a children’s book.

About the Narrator

Steven Pacey’s extensive work in the West End includes the role of Alec in Dolly West’s Kitchen, Stanley in The Birthday Party, Hamish in Things We Do for Love, and Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves—for which he earned an Olivier Award nomination. He was also directed by Harold Pinter in his successful productions of Celebration and The Room. Pacey has appeared in numerous television roles, including Tarrant in Blake’s 7, and has made over three hundred radio broadcasts.