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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: April 2011 ISBN: 9781482980455
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Kathy | 1/30/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Hager | 1/25/2014

    " Just finished this, excellent mystery. The characters are well developed, great writing and an interesting plot that keeps you guessing until the end. This is the first book I've read by Susan Hill and I can't wait to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 1/12/2014

    " The first Simon Serrailler book and probably my fave one. Susan Hill doesn't really focus on action in her crime novels, but I like the way she goes deep inside the psychology of her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2014

    " Great book. Veddy English. LOTS of character threads to keep up with, but she winds them to and fro and really moves the story along. I'll be looking for more of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen Viney | 12/26/2013

    " I'll try the next one in the series. I liked the book, but Simon Serrailler was such a minor character that I felt like this was a prologue, not first in the actual series. We'll see. I enjoy British mysteries, so I'm predisposed to like the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bibliophile | 11/27/2013

    " I had high hopes for this one because it came with a blurb by Ruth Rendell - but instead it's rather formulaic, characterizations are minimal, and the detective is, frankly, a bit of a twit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Federico | 9/10/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this title although I wouldn't have called it a "Simon Serrailler" book since he was hardly in it. The ending was a bit of a shocker but reasonable. Look forward to the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre S. | 2/26/2013

    " A good read. Lots of character development. Somewhat stunned by late developments in the plot, and a rather hurried wrap-up, or It would have had 5 stars instead of 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selma | 10/18/2012

    " A perfectly creepy intriguing modern British suspense mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2012

    " Ho hum. Predictable mystery - I would read the next one if I didn't have anything else to read but was not overwhelmed with this formula murder story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/29/2012

    " Interesting...but I hated the ending! It felt unresolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Hardwig | 1/22/2012

    " Hill doesn't write your typical mystery--this is more like a novel with a mystery in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/10/2012

    " Brilliantly written, very atmospheric and a stunning ending. Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylie Martin | 12/5/2011

    " was ok, i'd read another, not much of a who-dun-it, more of a theres been murders, oh this is suddely the suspect, trips up - ah its him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody Stiles | 11/9/2011

    " It was a very, very good book. I liked meeting all of the characters and was saddened to lose some. Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 5/18/2011

    " I'm not sure what rating to give this book 1 for the very poor ending or 4 stars for a book that kept me turning the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting that the main character of the series is not in the starring role.
    A good, interesting read.
    I cried at the end. Sigh... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/17/2011

    " British psychological mystery along the lines of PD James and Elizabeth George. Well written with complex characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisaann | 4/12/2011

    " Excellent police procedural. I've found a new author and can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/10/2011

    " This was very slow to develop, probably because there is a relatively large cast of characters to set up. I did get more interested about half way through the novel. Big surprise for me at the end. I'm going to read another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 4/4/2011

    " Two stars are quite right. I would not read another in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/28/2011

    " Gripping. I'm definitely going to read the next one in the series. I'm not a fan of serial-killer mysteries, but the various characters and the high quality of writing kept me hooked, even though I guessed the killer half-way through. I want to meet these characters again. "

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

    " So close to meriting 4 stars, but there must be a penalty for the plot turn! I liked the writing, the story was good and long in the right way; leaving me looking forward to picking it up again as soon as possible. Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 martha | 2/22/2011

    " Trying to find more mysteries in the manner of Elizabeth George, P.D. James, Peter Robinson--even Martha Grimes. This one was okay and I'll probably read another--but more of a 2 1/2 star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/14/2011

    " First in a series of books featuring DCI Simon Serrailler. "

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

    " Good start to an interesting series. Thriller. Maker you want to read her next book in her Simon Serailler mysteries. "

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

    " I read the second in the series before this one, and even though I knew what was going to happen, it was still a good read. I really like the characters in this series. The personal interactions and family dynamics are interesting and the story lines are good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 1/30/2011

    " Good fleshed-out characters, nice twists to the the plot. Well-written, and I'll look for more by this author. "

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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.