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There's a difference between deft plotting and simple cruelty to readers, and Ms Hill's writing belongs in the latter category, at least in the case of this book. The inexplicably irresistible Simon is so sketchily portrayed as hardly to warrant full character status, and the "twist" ending simply makes the previous pages' reading seem like a huge wasted investment. Deeply flawed and disappointing despite the acceptable quality of the writing itself. This reader will not be continuing on with the series.
Very disappointed in this book, which was bought after the series was recommended by the Duchess of Cornwall. It is very formulaic and frankly boring to read - I cannot wait to get to the end, and not for a good reason.
As some others have stated, nothing much happens for the first 200 pages. Serrailler is a minor character throughout and the love struck main character is rather pathetic. I slogged on to the end but it's all a bit Ambridge on sea. Not motivated to keep going with this series.
Susan Hill's characters lack complexity – the goodies are simply too good. The mystery of the killer's background is left unsatisfylngly unresolved and the dialogue is trite. The author seems to see herself as a champion of mainstream medicine and patronises the reader by omitting any references to orthodox medicines many mistakes and limitations. Her tacit defence of middle class values is frankly nauseating.
yes, I hated it, it was aweful! How much more do I have to say, really, that is it. Too many characters, characters not clearly defined, boring, no suspense, I finished it only thinking that it might improve towards the end, it didn't. A waste of money at the small amount that you charged me, will never get any more of that uninspired an aweful collection, susan Hill would be well advised to look for another career, what boring writer.