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Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.
©2006 Susan Hill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • A User
  • United States
  • 07-12-12

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What disappointed you about The Pure in Heart?

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  • 04-28-17

What ending?

I love The narrator .. he could make anything seem interesting.. but I wasted 11 hours listening to this story only to find the end a complete disappointment !.. it was as though the author couldn't be bothered to think of an ending or resolution to the murders throughout the book.

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  • ORed
  • 04-24-17

Not so neatly wrapped up

Where does The Pure in Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was absorbing and well written. Expertly narrated. It was unsatisfying in as much as the mystery is set to continue into the next book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pure in Heart?

The family secrets that Simon Serailler isn't yet aware of

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

He is amazing at giving each character a different personality. His diction is pitch perfect.

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

Sleepy Lafferton - secrets don't stay buried...

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  • Julie G
  • 03-30-17

Riveting

This is the second book I have read about Simon, his work and his family. I am totally involved in this group of people and can't wait to get onto the next one. Well done Susan Hill, you have me hooked

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  • Phil davis
  • 01-08-17

Dissappointing

Would you try another book written by Susan Hill or narrated by Steven Pacey?

Yes but not a Serrailler

What was most disappointing about Susan Hill’s story?

Too much padding, more about his feelings and his family , very little about the crimes or his hunt for the criminal.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end

Do you think The Pure in Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not unless ,like earlier Serraliers it concentrates on the crimes and not his life and family

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  • Ann D
  • 10-10-16

Excellent story and narration.

Any additional comments?

I'm loving this series of books. The author gives us characters with real depth. The story here is very engaging and the personal issues for various characters mean it is never 'flat' as some action focused crime fiction can be. This is not to suggest that this is lacking in the story of the crime or Police and Pathology procedure. That is all very well written, conjuring real atmosphere. I'm very much looking foward to the next in the series.

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  • S S.
  • 08-25-16

Gripping but oddly unfulfilling

I think I shall have to get used to Susan Hill not being the usual crime writer. Things get left unsolved, people you expect to live die, and much as I liked this book (and the previous one In the series) I longed for a different ending. Still it was well written, maybe the next one will tie up some ends, maybe not.

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  • Rona
  • 08-18-16

Excellent!

Superb, both story and writing - you want to know more about the lives of these characters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-17-16

Fantisic , wonderful

If you could sum up The Pure in Heart in three words, what would they be?

A book I listened in 2 days , It gripped me from the beginning . great story, great twist and wonderful characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

A lot but i am more interested in more books by this lady

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

yes yes yes and yes

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

excellent

Any additional comments?

I am very picky about books , they have to be realistic and gripping , the story has to flow and the narrator has to read the book flawlessly , I must return 8out of 10 books , so if i review its because the book is a must read and ticks all the boxes

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-06-16

Glad it was just a free offer!

Got this on a 3 for 2 sale and glad I didn't use a credit for it.
The central character of Simon seems a ludicrous cliche with his drawings being of "Mayfair Gallery" standard and basically it's all about his family. Of you like an Aga saga with a twist, fine. Can't say what really irritated me without spoiling the story for those who might like this sort of h

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  • C. Bublik
  • 05-23-16

Is it strange that I find the lead character so unsympathetic?

I've listened to 2/3 of the first three books in the Simon Serailler trilogy and can't say I'm gagging to listen to the third. I spent half of the first book liking Freya and the other half hoping that she would disappear because she was so annoying about Simon S! The second book was left unfinished and Mr Serailler became even more patronising and positively dripped with misogyny. As for his sister: it must hurt to be so perfect - mustn't it?!

Having said all that, there is something about the writing that kept me listening. Maybe it's the pace, the setting or the family set up but i didn't switch off so it must have something going for it after all.