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The Betrayal of Trust: Simon Serrailler Book 6 Kindle Edition
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Simon Serailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case.
Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Half of Lafferton is afloat. A landslip on the Moor has closed the bypass and, as the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are exposed.
It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of the missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, last seen carrying a tennis racket while waiting for a bus. But that was sixteen years ago.
How long will it take to trawl through the old, stale evidence and assess it anew? The Lafferton force is struggling with staff shortages and economies, and Simon has to do a lot of the legwork on his own. Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for extra funding for the hospice which is threatened with cuts and closures.
All of the Simon Serailler novels offer more than merely a murder mystery, and The Betrayal of Trust is no exception: it takes a brave, truthful look at old age and the associated problems of terminal illness which, in the future, will bring our society to the brink of painful conflicts of conscience.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
Susan Hill's gifts are displayed here to dazzling effect: her empathy and understanding of the human heart, her brilliance when evoking character and her tremendous powers of exciting storytelling.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Susan Hill's Serrailler detective series
'Susan Hill's Serailler novels, with their persuasively drawn copper and his equally well-rounded family, are a real treat.' Daily Express
'Brilliantly compelling prose' Daily Mirror
'A crime series that specialises in sidestepping conventions, always to exhilarating effect ... These books succeed in harnessing all the genre's addictive power while maintaining a complexity and fascination entirely their own.' Independent
'Beautifully drawn characters' Spectator
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
'Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning' Ruth Rendell
- ASIN : B005LPE6IQ
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (6 October 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 3739 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 482 pages
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I would like to know what made Susan Hill paint quite such a bleak picture of the Swiss clinic where one of the characters goes for the purpose of assisted suicide, only to change her mind at the last minute and return to Lafferton. This is a very complex theme to tackle within the scope of a detective novel, especially when intertwined with another sub-plot involving dementia and an unscrupulous care home owner. It seems a rather heavy burden to lay on the reader.
In comparison, the portrayal of the rapidly-burgeoning love affair between Simon and Rachel seemed to me trite and cliched. I couldn't quite believe in it, and was rather bored by it. In fact this was the point at which my interest really switched from Simon to his sister Cat and the rest of the family, and it will be to find out what happens to them that I carry on reading.
Exploitation, dominance and manipulation should not belong in the patient/carer sphere, but here Hill examines the difficult zone of terminal illness.
Heavy rains and floods reveal first one skeleton, then another. The first is identified, the second is a mystery. Simon Serrailler must investigate, working almost on his own as police cutbacks see drug busts getting more staff than his investigative team. And then at what promises to be a dull evening, an official dinner at which he wears his police hat, he falls instantly in love: never a convenient time, for all sorts of reasons. In the midst of love at first sight we see a different Serrailler, not in control of the situation, distracted, wracked by longing.
This is the sixth in the series, but unlike other crime series you can read these in or out of order. Of course there are references to long-running storylines – all related to the Serrailler family - which may pass you by if you read them out of order, but that will not affect your enjoyment of the story. Susan Hill crafts her book well, as both stand-alone detective story, and long-term story arcs. But if you can, read from the beginning.
most of it was great, but i felt it could have run to at least four more chapters. what a great shame, because this book was really shaping up to be first rate: attempting the difficult issue of assisted suicide, for instance, with what felt like a (fairly) open mind. i think if Susan Hill were not such a respected novelist - indeed, if this was a first book by an unknown writer - her editor would have pressured her to resolve all the threads thoroughly at the end, and not dump everything in an inconclusive heap.