The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler Series #6)

The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler Series #6)

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Susan Hill's readers met the enigmatic and brooding Simon Serrailler in The Various Haunts of Men and got to know him better in the four mysteries that followed.
In The Betrayal of Trust, she has written the most chilling and unputdownable book yet. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a

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Susan Hill's readers met the enigmatic and brooding Simon Serrailler in The Various Haunts of Men and got to know him better in the four mysteries that followed.
In The Betrayal of Trust, she has written the most chilling and unputdownable book yet. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave––and a skeleton––are exposed; twenty years on, the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. The case is reopened and Simon Serrailler is called in as Senior Investigating Officer. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night. She was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her mother had killed herself two years after she disappeared, unable to cope. Cold cases are always tough, and in this latest mystery in the acclaimed series from Susan Hill, Simon Serrailler is forced to confront his most grisly, dangerous, and complex case yet.

Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
The Betrayal of Trust is the sixth novel in the series, and it showcases the virtues, particularly characterization, that a literary writer can bring to the police procedural. It's a sad novel, filled with illness, death and dying, but beautifully written. Some readers might be put off by its darkness, but it has the ring of truth on every page.
—The Washington Post
Booklist

"The updated plotlines of the cathedral town's residents will be part of the fun attached to watching Serrailler and his crew solve the two mysteries...this series has many devotees, who find in the enigmatic Serrailler the same appealing mix of intelligence and sensitivity that characterizes P. D. James' Adam Dalgliesh."

Chicago Sun-Times
“Hill knows how to keep those pages turning.”
Parade
"Hill, an award-winning novelist, shows just how good crime writing can be in this sixth installment of her series featuring Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler."
Ruth Rendell
"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does it, the result is stunning.”
— Booklist
"The updated plotlines of the cathedral town's residents will be part of the fun attached to watching Serrailler and his crew solve the two mysteries...this series has many devotees, who find in the enigmatic Serrailler the same appealing mix of intelligence and sensitivity that characterizes P. D. James' Adam Dalgliesh."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does it, the result is stunning." - -Ruth Rendell

"Thoughtful mysteries...elegant prose."

-Maureen Corrigan
"It's the intelligence of this brooding series that rivets a reader's attention."
—P.D. James
"Eagerly awaited by all aficionados of crime fiction."
Bookpage (November 2011)
"If you like your crime fiction with strong overtones of serious literature, look no further than Hill . . . Some suspense novels are demonstrably character-driven and some are plot-driven, while others are atmospheric and haunting. Hill manages to combine all of those elements seamlessly, not favoring one over the other, all the while imbuing her narrative with a social conscience rarely displayed in genre fiction . . . As I wrote of Hill in a review of The Various Haunts of Men (2007): 'Fans of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell can rest easy, knowing that those authors' tradition of fine storytelling will move forward at least one more generation.' I stand by that 100 percent."
—San Francisco Book Review
"The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill is a superb mystery."
-Patrick Anderson
"Beautifully written… Hill is giving us a timeless panorama of life and death in an English town, one in which a murder investigation is only one drama among many."
-Parade
"Hill, an award-winning novelist, shows just how good crime writing can be in this sixth installment of her series featuring Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler."
-Ruth Rendell
"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does it, the result is stunning.”
From the Publisher
"Compelling...Fans and newcomers to Hill's series (The Vows of Silence, 2009, etc.) will appreciate the characters' deep humanity." — Kirkus

"The updated plotlines of the cathedral town's residents will be part of the fun attached to watching Serrailler and his crew solve the two mysteries...this series has many devotees, who find in the enigmatic Serrailler the same appealing mix of intelligence and sensitivity that characterizes P. D. James' Adam Dalgliesh." — Booklist

"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does it, the result is stunning." - -Ruth Rendell

"Thoughtful mysteries...elegant prose." — The New York Times Book Review

"It's the intelligence of this brooding series that rivets a reader's attention." — Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post

"Eagerly awaited by all aficionados of crime fiction." — P.D. James

"If you like your crime fiction with strong overtones of serious literature, look no further than Hill . . . Some suspense novels are demonstrably character-driven and some are plot-driven, while others are atmospheric and haunting. Hill manages to combine all of those elements seamlessly, not favoring one over the other, all the while imbuing her narrative with a social conscience rarely displayed in genre fiction . . . As I wrote of Hill in a review of The Various Haunts of Men (2007): 'Fans of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell can rest easy, knowing that those authors' tradition of fine storytelling will move forward at least one more generation.' I stand by that 100 percent." — Bookpage (November 2011), Top Pick in Mystery

“Hill knows how to keep those pages turning.” — Chicago Sun-Times

"The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill is a superb mystery." — San Francisco Book Review

Kirkus Reviews
DCI Serrailler reopens an investigation of a missing girl when her body is found. The quiet Cathedral town of Lafferton is hunkered down for a storm whose hard rains uncover bones that have been hidden for years. DCI Simon Serrailler discovers that the bones belong to Harriet Lowther, a teenager who went missing nearly 15 years ago. While he tries to determine who would hurt a perfectly harmless schoolgirl, the investigation must be reconsidered in light of the discovery of a second set of bones in the same area. Meanwhile, Si's sister, Dr. Cat Deerbon, is settling into a new routine after the loss of her husband while providing steady support to longtime patients like Jocelyn Forbes. Just as Simon trusts his instincts when it comes to interviewing suspects, Cat has a second sense about what may be ailing Jocelyn, and the news isn't good. Blended with these stories is the thread of Lenny Wilcox and her longtime life partner Olive, who's been kicked out of yet another care home. Olive's dementia and temperament make her impossible for Lenny to live with. Will Dr. Fison's new facility offer Olive a more permanent home? Actions build to a never-quite-realized climax whose incompleteness is the only flaw in this otherwise compelling story. Though the many threads of the tale never fully come together, each throws new light on the ethics of death and dying. Fans and newcomers to Hill's series (The Vows of Silence, 2009, etc.) will appreciate the characters' deep humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780701180010
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Series:
Simon Serrailler Series, #6

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Ruth Rendell
Not all great novelists can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does it, the result is stunning.

Meet the Author

Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards, and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is the author of fifty-six books. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it is also a major feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Her crime novels featuring DCS Simon Serrailler are currently being adapted for TV.

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Betrayal of Trust 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The problem with reviews are that they are personal opinions for the most part. I always read them and if there are a preponderance of negative reviews. I usually am influenced by that. I have read all the previous books and really enjoyed them. So i decided to go ahead and read this in spite of the many bad reviews. I'm glad i did. This book was just as enjoyable as the others. The characters are so dear and familiar. They are the main focus. If you listen to the negatives, you will miss another chapter of the Serrailer family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In general, I like Susan Hill's work, but this book seems obsessed with dementia and terminal illness. Part of the plot, but greatly overdone. Not sure why. Also, book jacket and the above overview both state it is Joanne Lowther who was missing for 20 years. Yet, the text of the book is clear that it is Harriet Lowther and the time is 16 years. Sloppy work by the publisher. Really sloppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a book about end of life illnesses, dementia, hospice care, or the debate about assisted suicide, you may want to read this book. The mystery or police procedural coverage is lost in the other material and the ending is totally unsatisfactory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other review. They plot never develops completely and the ending is unresolved as well. Multiple stories within the book that start to come together and then you turn the page and the book is finished??? This is the first book I have read by this author and I am not sure there will be a second! Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many idiotic reviews of this excellent book. When I see so many like this, I always suspect spam by jealous, less capable writers. I was particularly impressed with the clown who complained that tg,he characters in this book were one dimensional. Either this person cannot read, or they are lying deliberately. I am a reader who is more interested in character development than plot, and I am telling you one-dimensional is the last thing characters in this book are. Some of them are unlikeable, but they are richly nuanced and unlikeable. If you have liked her other books, don't fall for the sabotage reviews.
Bellas-Gran More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a new, well written English mystery series. This was not it. I have read and own everything by P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Colin Dexter. I own them because they are so good, I love to re-read them. The characters and stories are richly drawn, complex and believable. This was the first book that I have read by Susan Hill. I will not waste my time or money on another. This one is already in the Goodwill box. Maybe others she has written are good, but I hate reading a book that when I finish it I feel like I have wasted my time. Comparing this writer to P. D. James is insulting to P. D. James, and Serrallier is no Adam Dalgliesh by any stretch of the imagination. Hill's characters are flat and unbelievable. Her story line is confused and unbelievable. I agree with the other post that the mystery and police procedural aspects of this story are lost in her convoluted, rambling threads about dementia and assisted suicide. The ending is extremely weak. The character of Serrallier appears to be deciding that he is going to bury his findings regarding a double murder because the murderer is now suffering from dementia. He also muses that there is no forensic evidence, ignoring (?) the van in the driveway that could have been used to transport the bodies. The book simply ends on that note. Although of course the murderer is no longer fit to stand trial, I don't think a character, a Police Officer, who is portrayed as having a strong sense of justice could or would do this. There is an accomplice who engineered the cover-up there are two families who have lost innocent loved ones. There are police officers who have been working this case along with Serrallier. It is an improbable ending. I also noticed the errors on the dust jacket and in the above Overview. One wonders if anyone at the publisher ever even read this book.
xxxLS More than 1 year ago
I didn't buy this book because I heard so many negitive comments about it. I have read and loved all the other books in this series and have ordered the last A Question of Idenity and hope it is as good as the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of this series. I loved this book. Maybe because I know the characters and how they have developed over the years. I read it in a day and could not put it down. I hope Susan Hill continues this series.
i-READ-BEFORE-COMMENTING More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a morbidly depressing book the likes of Dr. Kevorkian then this is the book for you, there are two many subplots and to many unrelated characters that are left hanging in the wind I don't even know why some of them were in the book the plot never takes them anywere. They are like little novels about a bunch of unrelated people and stories. Do not believe the description of this book on the listing, it is totally inaccurate. Do your self a favor and money and buy a different book.