Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered - dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death, but keep some details secret while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.
Then Simon's former sergeant, the ever-cheerful Nathan Coates, tracks down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, and no dental records. Nothing. Alan Keyes does not exist.
The seventh in the best-selling Simon Serrailler series, A Question of Identity is Susan Hill's most thrillingly imagined crime novel to date.
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"Another brilliant novel from Susan Hill"
I have listened to all the previous books in the Simon Serrailler series and, thanks to Stephen Pacey's superb narration, feel I know all the characters intimately. I am transported into the world of Lafferton; choirs, village fetes, hospices and the murky underworld of the heavily "disguised" criminal. Book 7 does not disappoint - it is as powerful and well-written as all the other novels in the series. I can't wait for the next one which I hope will come soon!
"Susan Hill: a question of identity"
I always enjoy the Simon Serrailler books.As always, there is an excellent plot, interesting characters and excellent narration.
"A gripping thriller"
I had never read anything by Susan Hill so this was an experiment - and a very successful one. She writes in a gripping way and keeps you guessing throughout as to who is the 'baddie'. Also nothing ever seems too far fetched. It could all happen in our own town.
I found it an excellent audiobook and it certainly helped me through several long journeys and many boring computer tasks.
I thoroughly recommend this story if you like crime and being kept guessing throughout.
Susan Hill has done it again, I've listened to all the Simon Serrailler novels from book 1 through to 7 and have absolutely loved getting to know all the main characters, its almost like they are real people the whole stories are so well written. Steven Pacey does a fantastic narrator's job bringing the whole text to life. Can highly recommend book 7 in the Serrailler series, definitely worth a listen as a stand alone crime novel or as a follow on from book 6 and all the other books in the series. I simply can not wait for audible to get in book 8 once its released now having just finished book 7 tonight, its definitely left me wanting more.
Another brilliant Serrailler story from Susan Hill that I really couldn't stop listening to. What I love about this series is the mixture of characteristion that is sometimes reminiscent of PD James and the familiarity of the lives of the extended Serrailler family. Steven Pacey has the perfect voice for this series too. If you have never listened to this series start with Book 1 - I'm envious of all you've got to look forward to !
"Series begins to get tiresome."
I enjoyed this series to begin with but now the characters are getting in the way of the story rather than wanting to know them more I am getting bored with how utterly miserable they all are. I know that crime fiction isn't laugh a minute but you need some lightness in the dark.
I probably won't read any more of these.
Steven Pacey is always good. Consistent and a nice voice.
"Another great tale of the family name I can't spell."
Keeps you thinking about who did it, and the result was a surprise to me. Simon continue to suffer in love but there is a new family twist!
"Don't want finish the series"
Story line not as complicated as usual so less intense. Have enjoyed Steve Pacey's narration best of all. He is brilliant.
Nicely narrated by Steven Pacey.
I quite enjoyed this book, it did take a little while to get into it as characters were introduced and I couldn't work out relationships or why they were mentioned. however I stuck with it on the second attempt and it was OK. Some parts were strange in that characters behaved in a way one wouldn't expect, but overall a good story, and well read.
I am a fan of Susan Hill's Serrailer novels. They are beautifully written, intelligent and gripping - psychologically accurate with complex, totally believable characters. The side stories of the Serrailer family whic run alongside but are separate to the thriller plot line make these truly literary novels and not confined to the crime genre.
The reader is excellent.
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