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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: July 2011 ISBN: 9781482980905
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raypor | 1/24/2014

    " I am liking the detective in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally McRogerson | 1/23/2014

    " As riveting as the previous two Serrallier novels. Her subject matter is so varied but her writing never falters from the excellent. The plots are well crafted too. None of the dreaded loose ends! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LB | 1/17/2014

    " Death, death, death, and more deaths; departure, departure, departure. Deranged murderers. Not much else to this one by Susan Hill. It' s too much death happening to different people in a short span of time in a village environment to be remotely realistic. I would like to read more mystery and less death scenes. Though Hill's characters are interesting, and there are many, they are bounced in and out of the story until death overcomes them, or they are left for a follow-up in the next book in the series, or just left to get on. However, I will read the next book in the Simon Serrailler series, hoping he will become more colorful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 1/14/2014

    " After reading this third book in the seires, my comment is, what an amazing series. These books have become a yearly ritual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Turi | 10/4/2013

    " I love the repeating characters in the Simon Serrailer series. They are not static and the author is able to show how the murders affect not only the family members but the town of Lafferton and it's police force. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Dix-McLaughlin | 8/27/2013

    " I was surprised to find out "who done it". While not a horror story, it is horrible to any parent considering the abduction of a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janneke Lewis | 8/21/2013

    " If you read the second Simon Serrailler book you have to read this one. Another well written book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/21/2013

    " Good, not the Best in the series... but she's different, not rote at all... similar to E. George in some ways, with touch of Tara French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyma | 4/11/2013

    " Very involving in all aspects and all characters; many changes in Serrailler's life and work in this one, plus it ties up a couple of loose ends from the previous in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Ward | 2/12/2013

    " I like the way the novels link with each other; I feel I'm getting to know the characters really well. Looking forward to the 4th in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 1/10/2013

    " So dark but so good- lots of complex issues and complex characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dereka | 5/5/2012

    " I liked this enough to go to the library and get more of her books...and I read it rather than listened to it so that is saying a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liliane | 1/6/2012

    " So far seems to be a decent mystery, well written with realistic characters. Finished it yesterday. I liked it although a bit grim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 9/11/2011

    " At least one end was tied up from the second book, but it's getting a little old. Will try one more book and see if it better. Reading three so close together is an interesting exercise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Hoog | 8/9/2011

    " Susan Hill's books are excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 7/11/2011

    " I am enjoying this mystery series by Susan Hill. This one is just a little too dark for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/22/2011

    " I have fallen hard for Susan Hill's Serrailler series. I'm on book e, trying not to finish it in two days. I cannot get the next book, until Monday and i don't want to be without her over the weekend. Like I said... I've fallen, HARD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 3/8/2011

    " Still liking this series! But oddly unresolved cases and somewhat unlikable protagonist... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 3/3/2011

    " Found it to be quite slow but it does tie up several plot lines from the previous book. I just started reading "A Place of Execution" by Val McDermid which has a similar story line (missing children) but I find it less plodding and more of a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/28/2011

    " 4 1/2 stars. I really like the characters in this series. "

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

    " At least one end was tied up from the second book, but it's getting a little old. Will try one more book and see if it better. Reading three so close together is an interesting exercise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ira | 1/29/2011

    " A terrific thriller combining police detection with multiple human interest stories. Although set in England, it reads like the best of American Mystery fiction.

    This is first I've read in a series featuring the same Inspector Simon Serrailler. can't wait to read the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/28/2011

    " Susan hill does it again! I really like the Simon Serrailer series; not because of this specific character particularly, but they are realistic, complex and full of humanity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/2/2011

    " I really thought that the 1st in this series was the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/27/2010

    " I liked this one better than the first two. I can't wait to dig into the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Birgit | 11/15/2010

    " This one must have a lot of catching up to do in the next one?? I liked it, but I'm left with a very unfinished feeling.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 10/4/2010

    " Well written, somewhat dark-toned, mystery / procedurals (this review is for the first three "Simon Serrailler" books). Nicely drawn characters and unexpected twists. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 9/12/2010

    " Pleased to note that Siman is an artist...
    "

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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.

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.