Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up an exhausting and difficult case for SIFT – Special Incident Flying Taskforce – and is on a sabbatical on a Scottish island when he is recalled to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have vanished and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter? But then one of the Cathedral wives goes missing, followed by another young married woman.
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"excellent - nothing else to say really!"
over last few months ive listened to ALL the susan hill books in the 'serrailler' series. there are 5 books currently (hope more will be written) crime is my first choice to listen to & these books fit the bill exactly. all i ask is a good story, well written & well narrated which all these books are. really like steven paceys narration - he is excellent. also grown to actually like several of the characters in the stories. can only heartingly recommend listening to all 5 books. you really wont be dissapointed
I can't rate the combination of Susan Hil and Stephen Pacey highly enough. Her writing is so natural, and the characterisation and dialogue are more important to me than the plots (of which there are always several on the go). His narration is perfect. Each member of the cast has such a distinctive voice that even when a scene opens with dialogue I always know who is speaking.
I have really got to know the characters well over the five books, and Susan Hill is not afraid to kill key members off, in a way which is very lifelike.
I'm just sad that I've reached the end of the audiobooks, though I think she has written at least one more.
I've enjoyed a number of Susan Hill's books featuring her interesting and sensitive detective Simon Serrailler. I thought this was the best so far. The main characters are believable and make an impression on ones mind. The book is not only a pacy detective story but also fleshes out the personal and working relationships of Serrailer which adds an extra dimension of enjoyment.
"enjoyed every word"
I am a great fan of all of Susan Hills work. This one was excellent. the characters are well written and you care what happens to them. You feel truly sorry when one of the main characters disappears and is a victim to the strangler. I did guess who the strangler was just over half way along, but even so it was v enjoyable to see the plot develop.
"As good as ever"
I always enjoy The Simon Serrailler series as they paint a picture of the community. My only slight quibble was the choice of murderer - I did not think we were given quite enough clues to make it a convinving selection.
The saga of Simons career and family continues. Still holding my rapt attention and has me begging for more.
"As good as usual"
I have read or listened to most of this series and they are all excellent. Even if you actually guess "who did it" which you might, the main point of the book is the story as a story and Hill's sympathetic exploration of the life of prostitutes and also of grief and how you emerge from grief. A good whodunit and an excellent and sensitive story.
"Honest, Realistic, Sensitive...and Gripping!"
Never knowing who was next! A character may be introduced to move the story forward, or they could be the next victim....you can never guess. And the people you think you might dislike you actually find a fondness for. As always DCS Serrailler's flawed character works well, and his character not being at the forefront of all the action is a welcome change from other 'detective heroes'.
So many! Ruth's unexpected spiral from 'normality'; the moments of friendship between Abi and Hayley; Leslie's 'thoughts of murder' of his work colleague; Hayley going to see Abi's children. But I especially liked the moment Judith turns up on Simon's doorstep...I have hoped for that and it was well timed!
I so desperately don't want to spoil the story for others.....the scene where the woman comes round and doesn't know where she is, what is happening around her....the clever way you do not know WHO the person is! All the time you are listening for a clue...and then wondering where she is. Was she attacked? Will she be attacked again? Will she survive? And....WHO IS IT?!? Listen and enjoy the tension!
I did!! Following two days in bed with flu but not well enough to start leaping about I indulged! To say I got grumpy when someone interrupted me would be an understatement!
Brilliantly narrated as always by Steven Pacey. His speed and timing are a perfect match for the Serrailler books!
"bit of deja vue"
brilliantly narrated as always by Steven Pacey. writing is crisp, well observed and as competent as always. Trouble with this story is the denouement is identical to one of her previous books - police have no idea who the killer is till he walks into the kitchen of an associate and tries to kill them. Unlikely to the point of laughable but that being said it is a good read. Susan Hill has the excellent technique of making you care and share with the victom's murder and at times I find this quite disturbing.
Less packing, more of the murder story
Cut out all the incidental stories, main topic could have been a short story
most of them
Compared to other Serrailer books I have read I found this boring
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