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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,838 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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A woman vanishes in the fog up on “the Hill,” an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she’s new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterly and satisfying thriller from one of Britain’s best-loved mystery writers.”

    Ruth Rendell

  • “A gripping whodunnit and a subtle study of the mind of a psychopath.”

    Daily Mail

  • “This book must be judged as a potential successor to the great sequences of detective writing by PD James and Ruth Rendell...excellent.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “A taut and suspenseful mystery…dark but entirely convincing…Hill’s fine writing and nuanced insight into human nature should appeal to fans of such masters of the psychological thriller as P.D. James, Elizabeth George and Ruth Rendell.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nevermore | 2/9/2014

    " This may topple right off my "currently reading" onto my "gave up" shelf. It is making me think that my "gave up" shelf probably needs fine tuning. There are many reasons to give up and for me, sheer boredom and indifference would be what ended this one. I read a lot of murder-mystery. A lot. And a lot of it is bad. I think I might even prefer a bad book to a book that makes no impact on me at all: at least then I could rail on a bit about what makes it bad. I had to give two stars because the author can write a sentence. I have read books where that seemingly basic skill has been lacking. Also because the author tries to populate the book with characters and that is encouraging. What the author has failed to do is make me care. I don't care what happens to the main character or the bad guy. I can't even remember the detective/police person and it has only been a couple of weeks since I started this!!! That just about says it all, eh? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 2/2/2014

    " This is the first book by Susan Hill that I have read and I am hooked. My mother read a different title of hers last week and felt the same way. The Serrallier family is an interesting group of doctors with the exception of Simon--DCI/Artist. I enjoyed the different perspectives on holistic and non traditional medicine and was fooled by the ending--not the killer but where the story ended. I am moving on the the next title, pleased to find a great mystery series to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shirley | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent book! Didn't realize Susan Hill also wrote "The Woman in Black" which I saw as the stage play in London several years ago. Anyway, as always the setting being England is a huge draw, but this first book in the Simon Serrailler series added to the enjoyment by being a great plot. People disappearing in a small town, relationships within the police force and in the town all well-drawn, make for a great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/30/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book. I had to stop reading it. "

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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.