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The Pure in Heart Audiobook

The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Australia 03-14-15
    Amazon Customer Australia 03-14-15

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    "Enjoyable"

    If you are looking for a crime novel the books in series may not be for you. While I love the writing, the central family and the narrator I find the crime secondary to Serallier Family. It gets a little melodramatic at times. Having second that I do enjoy them and off to purchase my third now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 12-30-14
    Paul New York, NY, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Solid read"

    Not as dramatic as the first book but equally enjoyable. I enjoy the detail and character development very much. This is becoming one of my favorite series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 01-16-13
    Suzanne 01-16-13
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    "Love Susan Hill's Serrailler books!"
    Would you listen to The Pure in Heart again? Why?

    Probably not; I don't reread books (or listen to them twice).


    What other book might you compare The Pure in Heart to and why?

    Anything by Ruth Rendell. They are just a cut above most of the quickly hammered out books.


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

    He reads beautifully and the subtle difference in voices of characters is masterful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't say without ruining the story for others.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ina Goldsboro, NC, USA 04-21-06
    Ina Goldsboro, NC, USA 04-21-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Disappointing"

    I typically like British mysteries/thrillers because the plot evolves slowly and logically and the action is suspenseful without car chases and blazing guns. But this was a huge disappointment. The author introduces plot lines and then forgets about them. What happened to the Americans? Why were they introduced? What happens to Diana? And Karen? And Gunten? Did he get the job? Plot resolution is non-existent, and the characters are generally unbelievable. While many characters at first glance appear to be complex, the author manages to make them incredibly unlikeable and flat. Don't waste your credits on this one - try "Gentlemen and Players" instead!

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    Linda 04-20-17
    Linda 04-20-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Character Driven Mystery"

    This is a story about people who are involved, directly and indirectly, in a child abduction. The emphasis on characters and how they react to the crime. Some characters are admirable, some are not.

    I love mysteries that are about "the puzzle" - who did it, how they are caught, and everything is wrapped up at the end. This is not that kind of mystery. Even so, I enjoyed this book very much. The writing and narration are excellent.

    This series is also about the entire Serrailler family. They are a unique group of people with a story that I find very captivating.

    I would strongly recommend reading this series in order. I have read the books out of order and enjoyed them. However, I fully expect I will read them all a second time and I will read them in order.






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    Beverly Biggs 04-16-17
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    "Disappointed"

    Felt like nothing was resolved. Seems like part of a story. Liked the characters but just seems unfinished.

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    Greg 05-12-16
    Greg 05-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "That's it for me"

    I hate books without endings. Please don't tell me that what Hill wrote in the last chapter was the ending. This one "ended" not with a bang, not with a whimper but rather petered out. No more Susan Hill for me. Steven Pacey is a good narrator--worth more listening.

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 11-07-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Getting more noir-ish"

    A little sadder, still so well written, great dialog if only it were not so so very bleak. Bleak is the closest I can come to describe the vein of emotion that runs through the story.

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    Hagatha Houston, TX 05-26-14
    Hagatha Houston, TX 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "11 hrs 37 mins and still waiting for a plot"
    Would you try another book from Susan Hill and/or Steven Pacey?

    Loved Hill's "The Various Haunts of Men" Steven Pacey has a pleasant reading voice but sometimes hard to tell when there was a character change. Maybe he was just as bored as I was.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Wilkie Collins


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ok


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pure in Heart?

    You could cut any scene or character and it wouldn't change the book. Seems to be just unrelated descriptions of people and their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have ended the book with a serial killer taking out all of the characters. Oh, except for the children. And the labrador.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A User United States 07-12-12
    A User United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I am just a user of thsi website

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    What disappointed you about The Pure in Heart?

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  • Amazon Customer
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Excellent series"

    I was delighted to find the series of Simon Serrailler books on Audible, after stumbling across the first one more by luck than design. Great characters that feel totally real and make you care about what happens to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. Davis
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2"

    I downloaded this book after reading "The Various Haunts of Men" by the same author. It is a very good read and I was not dissapointed. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the sequence as I found the main character (Simon Serraller) a complex and fascinating character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    6/16/09
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    "Excellent read"

    Whereas this novel's predecessor was a page turner but had little depth, this follow-up turns the pages just as easily but also engages heart and brain. I came away from this book with a new admiration for the author as someone who not only has something to say through her stories, but does so with lightness of touch that thankfully doesn't punch you in the face.

    The characters are full of life-like contradictions that play out in a compelling drama that never sets out to offer easy answers. What it does do intead is confront the reader with the uncomfortable reality that within every person, whatever their position in society, lies the capacity for both good and evil and that it is not always easy to tell the two apart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anon
    3/6/09
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    "The pure in heart"

    I had already read the book but found revisiting it this way excellent.The reader is superb with just enough change of voice to keep the listener interested. Although I have also read the next book it will be my next one to listen . Can be thoroughly recommended for good writing and a cracking storyline Susan Hill is a master of the understated menace and surprising twist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keziah
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    7/18/06
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    "Excellent until the end..."

    What a disppointing end to a great book. It just suddenly stops, I was so suprised as in 'The Various Haunts of Men' you find out 'who-dunnit', in this book you don't! Having said that, Susan Hill really brings the characters alive. grrr..I really wanted to find out what happened though....

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lady J.Y.E.Page
    7/5/06
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    "Wonderful and realistic"

    I thought that this book was wonderful. All of the characters were completely real. We all know people like this. Splendid. Top marks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/28/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ORed
    4/24/17
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    "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...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/16/17
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    "A second cup of tea"
    Any additional comments?

    You know when you're trying to get a second cup of tea from a teabag, having had a really good strong first cup? That's a bit what this book is like. It's good, but not as good as the first cup, and shows worrying signs of the author having fallen in love with her hero, although she is honest about what a despicable cad he is when it comes to women. There's not much going on in the way of detection, but an awful lot of mental anguish and people coming apart in prolonged and repetitive detail. Given the context, that's understandable, but I thought I was buying crime fiction rather than misery lit. The book was narrated extremely well as usual, and well enough written for me immediately to order the third as soon as I'd finished it, however. Fingers crossed...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie G
    3/30/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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