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The Pure In Heart: Simon Serrailler Book 2 (Simon Serrailler series) Kindle Edition
|Length: 381 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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A gripping and unusual procedural...A must-read.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Deft prose...[with] thoroughly engaging and believable characters...Strongly recommended.-- "Library Journal"
Hill's smooth and engrossing style creates riveting suspense...An astonishing conclusion.-- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
'All the ingredients for the perfect English crime novel are here.' (The Daily Mail)
'A tantalising mystery.' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'For the first time in years, P.D. James has serious competition.' (Literary Review) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0058CBBGC
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (27 June 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 4423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 381 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 150,541 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It was interesting to find out more about Serrailler and his family though, but not to the detriment of the plot of the missing child which seemed to be thrown in for good measure. He appears to be good at his job, but in his personal life his attitude towards women isn't that good. Having said that, Diana Mason should stop the self pitying what did I do wrong attitude, grow up and have a bit of self respect, and stop chasing around after him when it's blatantly obvious he doesn't want her.
Would an American no matter how rich, seriously offer £1 million for a project on the same day that he'd heard about it. Not very likely.
And so a character on the social housing estate prepares 'white toast'. So what! This comes across as being snobbish, and the author obviously thinks that eating white toast is working class, and that the middle classes only eat wholemeal toast.
As well as these niggles, I found the plot somewhat flat with very little action, an unresolved ending, and with the crime secondary to Serrailler and his family.
The only redeeming part for me was Andy, after coming out of prison and getting himself involved with a car theft, finally appears to have something going for him.
I've already bought the third book which I'll read, but if it's written in the same way, I may not bother with any more.
A good proofreader should have been employed by the publisher as well as it's full of errors.
At its heart is a a really tiresome character - DCI Serraiier - who moons about his dead colleague Freya (killed in the first book). Their "relationship" seems to have consisted of a meal in an Italian restaurant - there's an "affecting" scene in this book where he takes a colleague to the same restaurant and the memories come flooding back - give us a break! Then there's his equally tiresome family including a "handicapped" sister - does anyone use that term nowadays? - and a sub-plot about mercy killing (which, again, is unresolved).
The appearance of Diana and "old flame" who is pursuing Simon was really a subplot too far and from then on I started to flip ahead - so e=much easier to do on a Kindle - in the hope of rejoining the plot. I don't think I missed anything significant.
Hill's attitude to the "handicapped" is not the only annoying element of her world view. The contrast between the cozy, middle=class world of the Seraillers and the working class characters is marked. Apart from DS Coates - who, we are repeatedly reminded, has "escaped" from his council estate origins - all the working-class characters are unpleasant caricatures. (I think Hill must watch a lot of old black-and-white British movies) And the details all underline this - the smelly trainers, the white bread toast!!!
And we have two characters introduced late in the book - the Chief Constable and DCS Chapman -who fulfill the same role which is to reassure the investigating team (and us, presumably) that they have done everything possible and by the book to find the missing child.
So, if you're looking for a police procedural which focuses on the crime and its solution - look elsewhere.