The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler Series #1)

The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler Series #1)

by Susan Hill
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The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler Series #1) by Susan Hill

A lonely woman of fifty-three vanishes in fog; a fat twenty-two-year-old never returns from an early morning walk . . .

Experienced policemen know that most missing persons either turn up or go missing on purpose. But fresh young D.S. Freya Graffham won’t drop it — until she discovers what links the people who disappear on “The Hill,” young and old, men and women, even a little dog. Susan Hill writes with compassion, humour and a unique understanding of the details of daily life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856197144
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 07/27/2004
Series: Simon Serrailler Series , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

Susan Hill has won both the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as well as winning a Smarties prize for one of her children's books. Her most recent publications are the much-praised collection of short stories The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the bestselling crime novels, The Various Haunts of Men, The Pure in Heart and The Risk of Darkness. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story, The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and has been running in London for more than eighteen years.

Susan hill is married to the Shakespeare scholar, Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. She lives in Gloucestershire where she runs her own small publishing firm, Longbarn Books.

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The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill (Simon Serrailer Mystery series - Book 1) British author, Susan Hill weaves a chilling story set in the small cathedral town of Lafferton. Filled with strange disappearances, the New Age movement and alternative medicine, The Various Haunts of Men will leave a lingering impression. Freya Graffham came to Lafferton seeking a new start, peace and quiet, a change from hustle and bustle of her London career as a police officer. But, when she meets Chief Inspector, Simon Serrailer she finds herself out of her element. His quiet demeanor and commanding presence seem to draw her in and she soon finds herself in love. Her mind is torn between Simon and a lonely woman, whose disappearance she is investigating. When others quickly begin to disappear, Freya fears that they may be linked. Will she and Simon explore the possibility of a relationship? Is Lafferton dealing with a serial killer or just an odd coincidence? My Thoughts: This was very intriguing book. It explored the idea of alternative medicine and how disciplines like acupuncture and complementary treatments can go hand in hand with regular medicine. The New Age movement with it's spiritual healers and "psychic" surgeons is definitely interesting. I liked the way Hill, was able to develop Freya Graffham's character and make the reader understand her motivation in not only moving to Lafferton but in her search for Angela Randall. She seemed to have some strange connection with this woman, that wouldn't let her file the case away as just another missing person. That's the kind of detective I would want! Hill was able to give the reader a glimpse into the tangled and warped mind of a serial killer through the taped confessional. It was chilling and as the name of the novel implies, haunting. The book started a little slow for me, but when it did pick up speed, it barreled to a startling conclusion that I certainly wasn't prepared for, but seemed only fitting.
pagese More than 1 year ago
This book had such potential, but fell flat in my opinion. The description makes the book sound like a mystery/thriller, but it's written more like a drama. It felt like it was extremely drawn out, and at times I was completely bored. I picked the killer out half way through the book, but never really understood why he killed. There wasn't much momentum through the book. The shocker at the end was completely unfulfilling. And why it's called a Simon Serrailler mystery is beyond men. You barely see the man throughout the book and by the end you know next to nothing about him.
terpOK 10 months ago
I purchased the book because I wanted a new series to read. I read her "Woman In Black" then started this one. I had trouble following it bouncing from person to person, sub-headings would have helped. I found it tedious and took too long for the threads to merge. I don't recommend reading this and probably won't continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. Tightly plotted, peopled with interesting characters, surorising ending.
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MARYOHVA More than 1 year ago
Well-written, taughtly-plotted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to follow the thread - everytime I had to put it down to answer the phone (or whatever), I had a hard time getting back into it - this is not one of my favorite books. Just didn't seem to progress smoothly - and Simon is hardly mentioned at all throughout the book