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The Various Haunts of Men: Simon Serrailler 1 | [Susan Hill]

The Various Haunts of Men: Simon Serrailler 1

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.
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Publisher's Summary

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated, and needs to know, perhaps, too much. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events. From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in what promises to be a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.

©2004 Susan Hill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sue
    Littlehampton, United Kingdom
    2/14/15
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    "Brilliant storytelling, superb writing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A terrific read, great characters and storyline. You become drawn into the twists and turns of the plot as if you are on a rollercoaster ride, it is hard to stop listening to Steven Pacey's strong narration and by the end you feel emotionally drained.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were well drawn and totally believable as were the places.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I must admit to shedding a few tears at the end!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant book, one of the very best I have listened to and I can't wait to listen to more from Susan Hill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G. Di Benga
    Suffolk, UK
    1/14/15
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    "Gripping"

    Excellent author, very sympathetic characters and extremely good reading by Steven Pacey. I will be going straight on to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Cork, Ireland
    8/9/10
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    "Absorbing"

    An excellent listen. This is first book I have read by Susan Hill. She creates believable characters within the context of an intricate story-line. As well as serving up the conventional 'whodunnit' and police procedural elements, she manages to explore several other themes as well and weaves them all together very skillfully. The narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom
    3/17/10
    Overall
    "very good book"

    pulled me in quickly and kept me till the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Billingham, United Kingdom
    2/6/12
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    "Not for the men"

    I came to purchase this audio having been mesmerised by Stephen Pacey's narration of "The Heroes" and, possibly by the similarity of the cover to Reginald Hill (a favourite author). I certainly cannot complain about the narrator.
    Possibly reviews say as much about the reviewer as the subject. That may well be true in this case , however, I was disappointed by the all to obvious perspective of a female author. I quite enjoyed the central character but the love at first sight angle was unconvincing and unnecessary to the plot. Minor characters indulge in repetitive, tedious female angst and were unconvincing.
    The new age angle was initial interesting but petered out. As for our hero Simon Serrailler - he can allegedly draw and women fall over themselves through his good looks and taste. Apart from that he seems little different to any other policeman and he contributed nothing to the solution of the crime (was it actually solved?).
    Whilst I can see this is setting us up for future books, I for one will not be buying those if they also take about 12 hours listening to get going.
    Sorry to disagree with a previous reviewer but I really do think that this will appeal to one half of the population more than the other.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Deeside, Flintshire, United Kingdom
    3/5/10
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    "Middling"

    Loved the character of Freya. Hated all the mumbo jumbo about alternative therapies and how quickly the patients who had some were feeling so fantastic. Not very believable. Kept me engrossed enough while I was painting the living room, but I am glad it was an audio book as I might not have kept reading it if it was in paperback.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • susan harper
    7/27/15
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    "Familiar and enjoyable"

    Comfortable to listen to.....susan hill makes her characters come to life. For some this book may seem a bit of a plod, but for me with a busy life it slots in very nicely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    7/20/15
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    "Good Story"
    If you could sum up The Various Haunts of Men in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, Thrilling Superb


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense and the enthralling story line.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Slick


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is an emotional rollercoaster


    Any additional comments?

    Would look for the author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie-Claire Krzysica
    7/20/15
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    "Great performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Various Haunts of Men the most enjoyable?

    The narration was excellent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Hill? Why or why not?

    I have started the next book in the series already.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

    Freya Gratham


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • baby_moz
    Gloucester, UK
    7/20/15
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    "Well worth a listen"

    This was a slow burner with an explosive ending. My interest was not captured from the beginning. But I stuck with it and the pay off was worth it. Once the story picked up momentum it was totally gripping and I found myself unable to stop listening for the last half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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