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
©2006 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 12-12-07

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 29-03-15

What an amazing trilogy!

Loved each of these books for their attention to detail, vivid portrayal of the characters and ability to allow total immersion in the stories. As you listen to each book it further develops individual character strengths and weaknesses, their lives and ambitions.
Could not put this down and look forward to more Susan Hill books, so well read by Steven Pacey

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 10-09-12

Nail biting story and brilliant narration

I found the first book in the series quite difficult to get into, but once I did I was hooked and am now in the middle of Book 4. I like the fact that the main character, Simon Serrailler is quite socially awkward and has many contradictions, and but most of all I think the narration is the one of the best I've heard. Steven Pacey is excellent and the story moves quickly through many twists and turns.

This is a great audio to run to and I've found this last week I've gone a km or more out of my way to keep listening. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Carole T. on 15-01-15

An Excess of Story Lines

I listened to the first three books in this series pretty quickly and enjoyed the writing and the characters. Simon Serrailler and his family are full of surprises and offer real depth to the works. In this book, the family dynamic changes considerably, setting up lots of possibilities for future revelations.

"The Risk of Darkness", I think, has at least one two many plotlines - one in particular could easily have been eliminated altogether without damaging the overall story. Hill is a very serious writer - the gloom factor is pretty high, even for readers who don't much care for a lot of humor in mysteries. In this listen, it's a bit of overkill.

This was satisfying in that some questions from earlier books are answered. So, despite being a bit less impressed by this addition to the series, I am willing to continue to the 4th book - but I need a little break before the plunge.

Steven Pacey is one of the main reasons for pursuing the Simon Serrailler series - his narration is fantastic.

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