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 ...
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. "From the Paperback edition."
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I would compare this author to the English writer Martha Grimes in her ability to capture the English character and landscape. This book was recommended by a friend and once I started it I couldn't put it down. Neither could she.
Susan Hill has written a slew of books but this is the first in the Serailler English mystery series of which there are now four, at least in the US. Serailler is thoughtful and unique. He is one of triplets His character is deep and well defined. All the characters in this book draw you into their story.
On the other hand, Serailler doesn't enter the story until the book is half over, tho he is mentioned. The ending is exciting and makes you want to continue the series.
Be willing to put aside a good night's sleep-there's no good place to stop reading!
Jan 18, 2008
Simon Serralier Debut Mystery
The first in a trilogy of British mystery procedurals featuring Inspector Simon Serrallier combines fine story telling abilities as well as strength of plot and a cast of characters that make this a great read..A series of disappearances seem as if they must be related but the police are puzzled as to what ties them all together and what the fate of those citizens may be. There is no fairy tale ending here as it proves to be as unforgiving as the fates of the missing. You will want to follow Hill's next installment after this final shocker of an ending.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-05 Weaving together a variety of subtly interrelated narratives, British author Hill (Air and Angels) embeds a thoughtful reflection on alternative medicine into a taut and suspenseful mystery, the first of a new crime series featuring Chief Insp. Simon Serrailler. Having transferred to the small cathedral town of Lafferton from London's "Met," police detective Freya Graffham explores her new community and becomes fascinated by Serrailler, her enigmatic superior. Though she fits well within the local police force, she finds herself unable to let go what seems like a routine missing persons report on a middle-aged spinster. When yet more townspeople turn up missing, her hunch is verified and a serious police search begins, bringing her into closer proximity with Serrailler at the same time it exposes her to danger. A dark but entirely convincing ending may startle some readers, but Hill's fine writing and nuanced insight into human nature should appeal to fans of such masters of the psychological thriller as P.D. James, Elizabeth George and Ruth Rendell, who provides a blurb. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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