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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hill Narrator: Steven Pace Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Simon Serrailler Mysteries Release Date:
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Hill’s readers met the enigmatic and brooding Simon Serrailler in The Various Haunts of Men and got to know him better in The Pure in Heart and The Risk of Darkness. The Vows of Silence, the fourth crime novel featuring Chief Inspector Serrailler, is perhaps even more compulsive and convincing than its predecessors.

A gunman is terrorizing young women in the cathedral town of Lafferton. What, if anything, links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with the rifle the same as the killer with the handgun?

With the complexity and character study that earned raves for The Pure in Heart and the relentless pacing and plot twists of The Various Haunts of Men, The Vows of Silence is truly the work of a writer at the top of her form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hill tackles Val McDermid territory with a bit more subtlety and a close look at love—how it begins, persists and ends—that may have readers turning to their significant others for a reassuring kiss.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This top-notch, tautly plotted British mystery series just keeps getting better. Serrailler is a satisfyingly complex character with a challenging job aided by a supporting cast of strong and believable characters.”

    Library Journal

  • “The fact that The Vows of Silence is light on what traditionally constitutes a mystery plot hardly registers. It’s the intelligence of this brooding series that rivets a reader’s attention.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the November 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ellen Johnson | 2/17/2014

    " A recounting of tragedy after tragedy with few connections between them. The detective Serailler is a likable character, but the book didn't really hang together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynne | 2/7/2014

    " I've now read the first four of the series. I like it a lot, but it is strange in some ways. The first book, for instance, hardly featured the protagonist at all; it was mainly about a new employee who was attracted to him. The next three, we have the protagonist, but I don't much like him. He's a cold fish who treats women badly. However, the mysteries are good, and I really like the guy's sister, a doctor. This is a really good series, and I don't have to like the protagonist, as evidenced by my current feelings for Thomas Lynley. "

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

    " This series of books is brilliantly written but I am starting to have slight misgivings. Firstly the tone is so melancholy - you wouldn't want to be depressed when you are reading these. Also aside from the murders there are too many deaths. Serailler will have no family left soon. I will read the next one but then I have to read something light with a bit of humour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sammcnair | 1/31/2014

    " This book was about 1 or more snipers killing young women in the town. It was kind of depressing--there were more deaths than just the murders! However, the author does a pretty good job of throwing in more stuff from day to day living so that it has highs and lows. I like this serial, because the "regulars" progress through their lives. That, however, makes it more essential to read them in order! "

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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.