The Risk of Darkness

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: Simon Serrailler, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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A kidnapper is at large; a schoolboy has disappeared. There are no leads, and no closure. The police have failed, and morale at Lafferton Station has collapsed. Then DCI Simon Serrailler receives a call: a child has been snatched in Yorkshire. Has the abductor struck again? The Risk of Darkness picks up where The Pure in Heart left off. It is set in a world in which a widowed husband's crazy grief turns to obsession and violence, and women - both old and young - feel threatened. Meanwhile handsome, reserved Simon Serrailler, who has broken so many hearts, gets a taste of his own medicine....

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Love this Series

I love this series with its many interesting characters. This may not be the best book in the series on its own, but it carries the story of Simon forward in new and interesting directions. I highly recommend that you start with the first in the series and continue. Delightful hours of listening.

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Steven Pacey-A most excellent UK mystery narrator

Over a period of 3 weeks, while recovering from surgery, I have been kept company by the wonderful UK mysteries written by Susan Hill and narrated by Steven Pacey.

These take place in mostly current times, though I estimate Hill has been writing the series over the past 10-15 years so current events and tech has changed from "Dashing to a pay phone" to a 15 year old with a cell phone..In other words these aren't vintage novels.

Steven Pacey has a wonderful ability to bring Hills writing to life, especially when it comes to characters voices. I've listened to all 8 books and have come to know and enjoy the dialogue between Simon and Cat,the arguments between teen Sam and his sister that lead to anger and typical sibling bickering, and to know the stern father of the 3 triplets and his wonderful second wife-just thru Paceys intonation. Spectacular-especially with Paceys cultured accent that can swiftly change to Cornwall or Northern or Scott accents--how does he do that?

I've read negative comments about the series-not exciting enough, no plot etc. This hasn't been my experience at all.

Hill doesn't write shoot 'em up mysteries with American gumshoes and car cases. His cop shop is full of men and women who work hard and with diligence to discover the perp.

Try it-I bet you'll like them!

Well worth the credits

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One and a half mysteries

The book has a major plot line that is solved half way thru the book, so it felt either odd or like a bonus that it kept going. There are a number of ongoing issues with several characters, then all of a sudden, the book ends, not really with a cliff hanger, just an abrupt stop with many unresolved questions. Time to read then next one. I would have been pissed if it weren't available.

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Beware.....a duplicate

When I started listening to this book, I knew immediately I had heard it before. And sure enough, I already have this book in my library but this one has a different cover art than the first one. Same length and same narrator. Both are unabridged. If you listen to a LOT of books, as I do, you may not remember titles that you listened to some time ago and end up buying it twice. I gave this one a one star for that reason. The original one got 4 stars from me.

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The Story of a Family

This series focuses on people more than procedure. I enjoy police procedurals. I also find myself captivated by the Serrailler family.

I strongly recommend reading this series in order. My first reading of these books was done out of order. I have now re-read the first three in order and enjoyed them more. The characters are fascinating if not always likable.

This is a unique series of stories unlike anything I have read before.

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now the series starts to move

after a touch-and-go start in the first couple books, the author finally hit their stride here.

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One of a kind and one of the best.

I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series. The characterization is so complete.

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Disturbing

I found this to be very disturbing. Such an emotional and evil story line. Perhaps too many plots taking place in it. The author must have been in a very dark place when she wrote this. Not sure if I will continue with the series.

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Disturbed People

The subject of the story was dark and handled exceptionally well by the author. The narrator was superb. I was a bit put off by a couple of seriously disturbed characters in the book. Perhaps it’s just me, but they seemed to be a bit forced. In spite of this, I thought the book portrayed life very accurately. Sometimes there are no answers.

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  • Isabelle
  • 04-13-13

Frustrating

I want to like these books, but I am disappointed. Though definitely a detective novel, this book doesn't quite fulfil the demands of the genre. I struggle to identify with the main character, he is a bit 2-dimensional.



I will listen to the next one in the series because I have already bought it (on a 2 for 1 offer) but unless it becomes a lot better, I won't get any more.



Beautifully narrated though.