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Having enjoyed this series of books I set about Book 10 with great anticipation. I found it very readable but not particularly engaging. There is little in the way of suspense & the main characters lack interest. The book finishes very abruptly, so much so that I thought I had pressed fast forward & was trying to find the rest of the story! It may be that like many series the time has come for it to draw to a close. For me it was wholly unsatisfactory.
I always look forward to catching up with Serrailler and his family and was pleased that Susan Hill decided to resurrect the series. Unlike some reviewers, I did enjoy Book 9, although I must admit there was not much action. However, I am a little disappointed with the current offering. It ticks the boxes in that there is a lot of information about Simon's family and his current, somewhat difficult, personal situation. I did not find the robbery plot line enthralling because it seemed very slow-moving and did not build tension. I felt that Simon, as the principal and potentially most interesting character, was treading water a lot of the time, drifting between Lafferton and London, between criminals and angels. A little slow for my taste!
This was more of a return to form than the comforts of home. The books are most enjoyable. Serrailler fans will love it of course and continue to long for TV adaptations. A great series of books and a lifetime of important work. She is a national treasure.
It seems ages since the last book. It took me awhile to re-establish the conclusion to the previous book. It follows the usual pattern regarding Simon's family and to some extent his personal life. Sadly, nothing compelling about the book at all. Laboured and uninteresting. Not recommended at all.
I had read that the last Serrailler novel would be the final one. I was overjoyed when I realised a new book had been released. As with previous books in this series, nothing gets done once I’ve opened the first page ( apart from sleeping and eating) Wonderful to have Simon, Cat and the family back. I like how Susan uses a sub plot too, both gripping. Thoroughly enjoyed this book: I can’t get enough of Serrailer and, the last line! You can’t leave it there, Susan!
This latest visit from Simon Serrailler is another absorbing read, but sees our hero with very deep psychological wounds from his attack. He has complex cases to deal with and does so with his usual mix of intuition, compassion and intelligence. As always, Susan Hill’s characters are drawn with a deep understanding of what makes people tick, and the plot is believable and brilliantly paced. Just the odd moments don’t ring entirely true and the ending is inconclusive, but Serrailler’s many fans will be hoping that he accepts the help he needs and will be back with more cases before too long.
This book was absolute tosh! There was no decent plot going on. Starts a bit promising with the robbery and then you never hear anything about them again, just lurching from one pointless storyline to the next! What the point of the baby storyline was I’ll never know, and mainly was just about him and the mental problems he was having,and the ending was rubbish! Disappointed is an understatement!