The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler Series #6)

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Susan Hill?the Man Booker Prize nominee whose ghost story The Woman in Black is now a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe?has written her most captivating work in The Betrayal of Trust. The English town of Lafferton is ravaged by flash floods. A shallow grave is exposed; the remains of missing teenager Harriet Lowther have been uncovered. Harriet was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her death twenty years before had led to her mother?s suicide.

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Overview

Susan Hill—the Man Booker Prize nominee whose ghost story The Woman in Black is now a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe—has written her most captivating work in The Betrayal of Trust. The English town of Lafferton is ravaged by flash floods. A shallow grave is exposed; the remains of missing teenager Harriet Lowther have been uncovered. Harriet was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her death twenty years before had led to her mother’s suicide.

Cold cases are always tough, and in this mystery in the enduringly popular series, Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler must confront his most grisly, dangerous, and complex case yet. Susan Hill’s understanding of the human heart, her brilliance when evoking characters, and her tremendous powers of storytelling come into full force in The Betrayal of Trust.

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Editorial Reviews

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781468300659
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Simon Serrailler Series , #6
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 321,919
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hill is the author of the famous ghost story The Woman in Black, now a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe, as well as seven acclaimed mysteries starring Simon Serrailler. She lives in England, where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Not a mystery or police procedural

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Not worth the time

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Reader beware

    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.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    In general, I like Susan Hill's work, but this book seems obsess

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    I was looking for a new, well written English mystery series. Th

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    I didn't buy this book because I heard so many negitive comments

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    I have read all of this series. I loved this book. Maybe beca

    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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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