The Risk of Darkness : Simon Serrailler

  • by Susan Hill
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: Simon Serrailler
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.You should listen to Susan Hill's brilliant Simon Serrailler trilogy in the correct order which is as follows:

Book 1: The Various Haunts of Men
Book 2: The Pure in Heart
Book 3: The Risk of Darkness

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Another gripping instalment beautifully read

For those who were frustrated by the unresolved ending of The Pure in Heart, the second novel in the series, this third book brings matters to a conclusion. Very easy to get into, if you have listened to or read the previous two, as the central characters, DCI Simon Serailler, DI Nathan Coates and Dr Cat Derebon have become very familiar. However, I found this an altogether darker book than the previous two. An air of danger, menace and general moral decline pervade the story. Some extremely unpleasant crimes are committed, some by people who are pure evil, some seeking retribution and others by people who have been brought to the edge by tragic events. As before, I found the novel more about the exploration and development of the characters: the difficulties they face, the opportunities which are presented to them, the choices they make, rather than a concentration on police procedure. Once again, Stephen Pacey?s reading is impeccable. Very highly recommended.
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- Christine

Simon Serrailler Trilogy, Books 1-3

I bought the 1st 3 Serrailler books together as the blurb was quite adamant they should be read in order, or listened to in this case.
This review could be applied to any one of the three books in the trilogy, or all three.
Steven Pacey did a great job with very weak material.
There were far too many characters introduced that had nothing to do with the story.
There were character story arcs that lead nowhere, or just stopped when they were getting interesting.
There was no conclusion to the main 'thriller' story in the book.
I listened to all 3, felt the same way about all 3, and as the end of book 3 approached seriously began to doubt that all the previous storylines were going to be resolved and explained, and unfortunately it turned out I was right to doubt.
I will not be buying any more books in the series, it was so frustrating to have the books finish so abruptly with no conclusion to the main storylines.
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- LINDA "I read books as well as listening to them."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2007
  • Publisher: Audible Studios