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A Question of Identity | [Susan Hill]

A Question of Identity

A particularly unpleasant murder - that of a very old woman in a housing project - rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
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A particularly unpleasant murder - that of a very old woman in a housing project - rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive "sign" on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another. Initial investigations discover that the mysterious "sign" left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence. All indications suggest that this person has simply vanished. Or is he right under their noses? Simon Serrailler is obliged to delve deeper and scratch out answers, in this addictive mystery of surpassing darkness by the best-selling Susan Hill.

©2013 Susan Hill (P)2013 AudioGo

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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 05-27-14
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the Best in the Series"

    I've read the entire Simon Serrailler series, pretty much back to back and have enjoyed the entire ride. I was planning to review each one individually but sort of fell behind. But it's safe to say they are all very good books in my mind. And the narration by Steven Pacey is over the top great. He is the reason I came across this series of books to begin with. So this is more of a review of the series as a whole than this individual book, so take it any way you want.

    Susan Hill is a master story teller. There is so much more to these books than the detective work. The way she brings out all the characters and side stories is truly elegant. I feel like I know the characters personally from Simon himself, to his various love interests, his sister and her kids, father and coworkers - it’s an ever-changing environment and Susan bring it to life beautifully. The detective stories are part of each book, but not always the main focus and it’s fine.

    The way Simon and his team go about solving cases seems more authentic than many of the books I have read in the past with more showy special forces or super cop types of lead characters. At first it seemed odd, I kept waiting for things to get more fast paced, until I got into the flow. It's a nine to five job and there is more to life than work and Susan blends the two together effortlessly.

    If you’re looking for a good series of books that are a joy to listen to and capture your imagination and heart, you can’t go wrong with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Delray Beach, FL, United States 07-28-15
    Cynthia Delray Beach, FL, United States 07-28-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Starts slow but worth it"

    Great story after the initial few chapters which feel very random. It all works out to a rather predictable ending but the telling of the story is good and not so dark that you wonder who you are for reading/listening to it in the first place.

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    JayM New Hampshire 07-12-15
    JayM New Hampshire 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great series and Steven Pacey is amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Question of Identity to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I really looked forward to listening every day.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't stress enough how fantastic Steven Pacey is. I've listened to a lot of audio books and he blows the others away. He manages to have a voice for each character that is so subtly distinctive that you always know immediately who is speaking. He does men, women, children, creepy characters -- all brilliant. If I read the book instead I wouldn't have been able to get into it like I do when I listen t Steven Pacey.


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