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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,037 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hill Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Simon Serrailler Mysteries Release Date:
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Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An outstanding crime thriller from one of Britain’s best writers. Taut, inventive, tragic, intriguing, and full of unexpected twists, it’s a must-have for all mystery collections.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hill blends just the right measures of darkness, tension, and human interest. Her consistently well-crafted plot and believable characters make this a welcome addition to the series. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “An almost flawless novel.”

    Spectator (UK)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katrina Tan | 2/17/2014

    " Her novels are more about the exploration of the human mind, rather than police procedural work, and the ending always leaves you a little discombobulated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen O'brien | 2/15/2014

    " Another great Serrailler mystery - totally addictive! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 2/14/2014

    " Not sure where this series is going. I expect there to be unanswered questions at the end of a book in a series but almost everything was left hanging, and there are still many characters and subplots from the 2nd book that haven't been resolved or even shown how they are relevant. Almost every chapter in this book seemed to introduce a new set of characters; unfortunately, many of them were killed off by the end of the book. Of course, I still plan to read the next one as I must see if anything ever gets resolved! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lourdes Fernandez Venard | 2/11/2014

    " Susan Hill's books are not the usual traditional mystery stories, and that puts off many crime fans. By my rating, though, you can see I very much like the Hill novels. This one picks up a few months after "The Pure in Heart," which dealt with the kidnapping of 9-year-old David Angus. In this book, there's another kidnapping, but this time the kidnapper is caught -- more by blind luck than great policing. This happens fairly early in the book, so the novel is not a mystery nor a police procedural. Instead, Hill deals with the way crimes affect the people involved and their families -- both the victims' and the criminals' families. These novels are also very much a look at the Serrailler family and this one continues in that vein, with some major happenings. I wouldn't recommend this book without reading the others that came before. If you're a fan already, this one doesn't disappoint. "

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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. In addition to her writing, she edits short-story compilations, writes a monthly column for the Daily Telegraph, and runs a literary magazine, Books and Company. She has also formed a publishing company, Long Barn Books, inspired by her lifelong admiration for Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press. 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.