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Maureen CorriganThe death that will haunt you long after reading Susan Hill's new mystery, The Vows of Silence, is a natural one. Granted, a serial killer is on the loose and young women are being murdered, but it's a mundane killer—cancer—whose "crime" is most shockingly dramatized. In this, her fourth police procedural featuring the dour Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, Hill overturns the usual priorities of the crime novel and devotes her most searing passages not to the twisted rituals of the sniper but, rather, to the exhausting hospital stays and quiet deathbed struggles of a likable minor character in the series…The fact that The Vows of Silence is light on what traditionally constitutes a mystery plot hardly registers. It's the intelligence of this brooding series that rivets a reader's attention.
—The Washington Post