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The Risk of Darkness Audiobook

The Risk of Darkness: Simon Serrailler 3

Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.
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Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.

©2006 Susan Hill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Nancy 09-10-12
    Nancy 09-10-12
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    "Nail biting story and brilliant narration"

    I found the first book in the series quite difficult to get into, but once I did I was hooked and am now in the middle of Book 4. I like the fact that the main character, Simon Serrailler is quite socially awkward and has many contradictions, and but most of all I think the narration is the one of the best I've heard. Steven Pacey is excellent and the story moves quickly through many twists and turns.

    This is a great audio to run to and I've found this last week I've gone a km or more out of my way to keep listening. Would definitely recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-15-15
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-15-15

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "An Excess of Story Lines"

    I listened to the first three books in this series pretty quickly and enjoyed the writing and the characters. Simon Serrailler and his family are full of surprises and offer real depth to the works. In this book, the family dynamic changes considerably, setting up lots of possibilities for future revelations.

    "The Risk of Darkness", I think, has at least one two many plotlines - one in particular could easily have been eliminated altogether without damaging the overall story. Hill is a very serious writer - the gloom factor is pretty high, even for readers who don't much care for a lot of humor in mysteries. In this listen, it's a bit of overkill.

    This was satisfying in that some questions from earlier books are answered. So, despite being a bit less impressed by this addition to the series, I am willing to continue to the 4th book - but I need a little break before the plunge.

    Steven Pacey is one of the main reasons for pursuing the Simon Serrailler series - his narration is fantastic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 03-22-12
    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great sequel to Pure of Heart"

    amazing story and amazing performance by Steven Pacey. Can't wait for the next Susan Hill Nove.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 11-09-14
    Alice 11-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.

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    "Sticking with the series a little longer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Risk of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    I only know the audio--I do love the way Steven Pacey narrates.


    Any additional comments?

    This book resolves much of the unfinished business that left me irritated by the previous one in the series. On the other hand, Simon's reputed horrible treatment of the women he dates is revealed in full detail. I know protagonists need to have flaws, but this one of his and the way both his sister and the author deal with it are frustrating to me.
    This book seems to be about "this is just how some people are and they can't be understood or changed." Not my favorite, but at least facts get resolved and Simon finally gets to experience being dumped. On the other hand, he can't seem to have empathy for the women he dumps even then. He still seems to see himself as a blameless victim of all women--incredibly self-centered.
    There are also almost too many story threads and it gets hard to keep track of them. But I do find myself wanting to keep listening/reading to find out what will happen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thalyta PotchefstroomSouth Africa 08-08-07
    Thalyta PotchefstroomSouth Africa 08-08-07
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    "Susan Hill a master"

    I immensely enjoyed The Risk of Darkness, not only because it is well written, but also because of the very interesting and surprising plot. Hill runs several story lines alongside each other and you get to know the characters very well. I've certainly become a fan.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 02-16-15
    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2010

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    "5 Stars Minus 3"
    What made the experience of listening to The Risk of Darkness the most enjoyable?

    This is my fourth book by Susan Hill and each time I finish one I vow to listen no more. But, like other readers I keep coming back hoping each time that this will be the one where she finally decides to finish a book with a logical ending! I end up trudging through hour after hour of details about the lives of the characters and get about 5% of the actual plot's story line. Then, after spending those hours I get to the end and nothing has been explained about the actual plot! Quite frustrating! So...great stories. Great narrator. Terrible endings!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 12-30-14
    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2012

    looking for a good read

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    "her books are great"

    I found her books because of the narrator Steven pacey. great job. she has a unique style the author.


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    Shannon 08-30-07
    Shannon 08-30-07
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    "Darkness review"

    Although this book held a lot of promise initially, the characters came in and dropped out with no purpose. The end was also extremely disappointing leaving me hanging on several levels. Not sure what her point was??

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    Anna 02-25-12
    Anna 02-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Frustrating characters"

    I have read the first two of this series which were ok but this one streached my patience so far I could not even finish the book.
    The characters act against basic comon sense so often it became infuriating. Everyone displays bad judgement occassionally, its enivitable, but not so often and with such predicatable results.

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    Kindle Customer 03-19-15
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    "Too much going on"
    What did you like best about The Risk of Darkness? What did you like least?

    I loved the resolution of the previous story, i liked the way she ended the story and the other characters affected by the outcome. I did not like all the other stories, it started to feel too busy and not coherent...it felt too busy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok. I am just tired of british authors not allowing their main characters to have success in their personal live.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He is the only reason I keep reading, he is excellent.


    Do you think The Risk of Darkness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, would like to find out what happened to Eileen and Ed.


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  • Christine
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    12/12/07
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    "Another gripping instalment beautifully read"

    For those who were frustrated by the unresolved ending of The Pure in Heart, the second novel in the series, this third book brings matters to a conclusion. Very easy to get into, if you have listened to or read the previous two, as the central characters, DCI Simon Serailler, DI Nathan Coates and Dr Cat Derebon have become very familiar. However, I found this an altogether darker book than the previous two. An air of danger, menace and general moral decline pervade the story. Some extremely unpleasant crimes are committed, some by people who are pure evil, some seeking retribution and others by people who have been brought to the edge by tragic events. As before, I found the novel more about the exploration and development of the characters: the difficulties they face, the opportunities which are presented to them, the choices they make, rather than a concentration on police procedure. Once again, Stephen Pacey?s reading is impeccable. Very highly recommended.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    4/5/09
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    "Main story hampered by a subsidiary one"

    The main crime story in this book is gripping and, while it is out of the ordinary, it is not out of the realms of possibility, whereas a extra story, about the irrational behaviour of a bereaved man, which is largely irrelevant spoils the book by being ridiculous. I would have given the book 5 stars had it not had this subsidiary thread. The reader is excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    11/1/08
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    "Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!!"

    What a terrific writer! Susan Hill doesn't put a foot wrong here. Again and again her insights into the characters of good and 'evil' characters ring true. I was profoundly moved by the ending. I was so sad to leave the world of these novels. Stephen Pacey is arguably the best narrator on this site. Read the three books in the right order. Thoroughly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Littlehampton, United Kingdom
    3/29/15
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    "What an amazing trilogy!"

    Loved each of these books for their attention to detail, vivid portrayal of the characters and ability to allow total immersion in the stories. As you listen to each book it further develops individual character strengths and weaknesses, their lives and ambitions.
    Could not put this down and look forward to more Susan Hill books, so well read by Steven Pacey

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosslyn
    Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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    "MIDDLE CLASS PRETENTIONS"

    I am finding these Simon Serrailler books weak in plots with no skilled detection work taking place. I realise it is personal preference but I am constantly irritated by the middle-class lives, behaviour and pretensions. Do I really need to know the characters are drinking from Emma Bridgewater mugs, that avocado plays a big part in every salad, or listen to repeated descriptions of doctors and their children living in such idyllic conditions in the farmhouse? Personally I prefer the down to earth Ruth Rendell's Wexford and his colleagues, alongside P D James' Adam Dalgleish. Narration, as usual, excellent. Definitely a book to fall asleep whilst listening!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dave B
    Camberley, England
    10/26/14
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    "Brilliant narrator. Good story."
    What did you like most about The Risk of Darkness?

    This was a well narrated story. Steven Pacey brings life to all the characters. I thought the storyline was ok, but the narration did it for me.


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

    Steven brings all the characters to life brilliantly. His accents are spot on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lipsticklula
    2/11/09
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    "Wonderful"

    Another fantastic book in this series - can't wait for Susan Hill to write another. Brilliantly read by Stephen Pacey. Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • exy
    12/2/14
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    "Dissapointed"

    "Simon Serrailler Trilogy, Books 1-3"
    I listened to the first Serrailler books in order.
    This review could be applied to any one of the three books in the trilogy, or all three.
    The narrator was excellent. The material, especially in book 3 was very black, do not listen if you are at all emotionally disturbed by the loss of a loved one, a sub plot involving hospices that has no bearing on the main plot. The crime story in this book could have been gripping, however, far too many characters are introduced that lead nowhere, or just stopped when they were getting interesting.
    It seems that there was no conclusion to the main 'thriller' story in the book.

    I will not be buying any more books in the series as they seem to be a never ending story cut into pieces for the commercial gain of the author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    7/8/09
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    "The Pure in Heart part II"

    In terms of story line this is really a continuation of the previous book, The Pure in Heart, and it turns the pages just as well as the last thanks to the writer's skill and the superb reading of Simon Pacey.

    As for subject matter, Susan Hill explores the deterioration of British society of recent years, painting a very grim portrait of life in this materialist and godless culture. She has a sharp eye for observation and sadly it all rings too true. This single novel could easily replace a truckload of academic study for future historians.

    But so much for posing the problem, Hill fails to convince when it comes to the answer.

    Perhaps, rather conveniently the story introduces a young Church of England clergywoman (incorrectly called a priest), who acts as a focus for asking if God has answers for we disintegrating British or if he doesn't matter anymore. Like too many real CoE churchmen, she has no grasp of biblical doctrine and is little more than a shallow new age pedlar of 'faith'. When she should have plenty of answers she gives none, and the reader is left unconvinced by this cardboard cut-out idea of what church people have to offer the disenchanted. Susan Hill would have done well to research her subject better for this character. She may even have been able to answer the difficult questions she asks in the book.

    The police station characters continue to fascinate and Simon Serailler's family still reflect the middle class in all its messy glory, trying to find a place in this brave new world which is coarse, brutal and punishing, both mentally and physically. There is little reward in quality of life.

    Roll on the next installment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • LINDA
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "Simon Serrailler Trilogy, Books 1-3"

    I bought the 1st 3 Serrailler books together as the blurb was quite adamant they should be read in order, or listened to in this case.
    This review could be applied to any one of the three books in the trilogy, or all three.
    Steven Pacey did a great job with very weak material.
    There were far too many characters introduced that had nothing to do with the story.
    There were character story arcs that lead nowhere, or just stopped when they were getting interesting.
    There was no conclusion to the main 'thriller' story in the book.
    I listened to all 3, felt the same way about all 3, and as the end of book 3 approached seriously began to doubt that all the previous storylines were going to be resolved and explained, and unfortunately it turned out I was right to doubt.
    I will not be buying any more books in the series, it was so frustrating to have the books finish so abruptly with no conclusion to the main storylines.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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