'I loved this book...Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when Susan Hill does the result is stunning' Ruth Rendell
Susan Hill has won both the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards and been shortlisted for the Booker. She is the subject of one of the Vintage Living Texts. She runs her own publishing business, Longbarn Books, and edited the literary magazine, Books and Company. Her novels are set for GCSE and A Level, and her play, The Woman in Black, has been running in London's West End for 15 years.
"A gripping whodunnit and a subtle study of the mind of a
psychopath" * Daily Mail *
"I loved this book. Masterly and satisfying" * Ruth Rendell *
"This book must be judged as a potential successor to the great sequences of detective writing by PD James and Ruth Rendell...excellent" * Daily Telegraph *
"She has the priceless ability to construct a solidly-researched narrative that keeps the reader turning the pages" * Independent *
"Hill's first crime novel has a grip of steel" * Woman and Home *
Taut prose, well-drawn characters, and an atmospheric setting are a winning combination in this psychological mystery, British author Hill's first book in the Chief Insp. Simon Serrailler series. Police Det. Freya Graffman, a recent transfer to the cathedral town of Lafferton, is puzzled by her first missing-person case-a respectable middle-aged woman who never returned from her morning run. Soon after, a troubled 22-year-old woman disappears from her morning walk, and an elderly grieving widow goes missing after attending a seance. Freya, working alongside the enigmatic Serrallier, frantically tries to connect the dots as the missing-person reports pile up. Verdict Narrator Steven Pacey brilliantly captures the voices of the colorful characters of Lafferton-especially the psychopath who offers first-person accounts of his crimes. Fans of Ruth Rendell and Peter Robinson will cherish this gripping story, which is chock-full of twists and surprises. ["Readers will be instantly drawn to her likable characters and beautiful landscape and will be carried along by the plot, right up to the shocking final twist. Fans of British mysteries will love this new series and Simon Serrailler as well," read the starred review of the Overlook: Penguin hc, LJ 1/07.-Ed.]-Beth Farrell, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.