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The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill

The Risk of Darkness (2006)

by Susan Hill

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Good, not the Best in the series... but she's different, not rote at all... similar to E. George in some ways, with touch of Tara French. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
The third in the Simon Serailler detective series. As good as the first two, some unresolved crimes and issues from previous books are addressed, and new directions charted for the characters going forward. I find this series as compelling as anything of its type I've ever read; there hasn't been a predictable development in any of the three entries so far, yet everything makes utter sense in the end. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Nov 1, 2017 |
The unique and well-written characters give the reader more to focus on than just the crime rate in this fictional English town. So far, an excellent series. Reminds me somewhat of Peter Robinson's books....the tone is dark and there are no easy answers as to why the criminals commit these crimes. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
Well written, somewhat dark-toned, mystery / procedurals (this review is for the first three "Simon Serrailler" books). Nicely drawn characters and unexpected twists. Recommended. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |
This is a chilling book with two key storylines. One is continued from the previous book, ‘The Pure in Heart’, in which children are disappearing. The second explores the line where grief and anger descends into madness, where we can be threatened in our homes, in the streets which are familiar beneath our feet, and will never feel safe again.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler is called to Yorkshire where a child has been abducted. Is it the same modus operandi, is it the same kidnapper?
Simon is also squabbling with his sister Cat about how he treats his girlfriends. She thinks he isolates himself too much, he likes women but doesn’t want them to get too close. All the regular day-to-day life of the Serrailler family continues from the previous two books, providing a warm framework of family and community, into which barges the threat of violence. Cat, with a newborn baby, struggles to balance baby caring and the demands of a GP. She feels responsible for her patients, the ordinary people of Lafferton.
Meanwhile, we get glimpses into the lives of these ordinary people in their homes. Are they going to be victims or criminals? Susan Hill blends invisibly the fear factor of crime fiction and the security blanket of familiar family lives, daily routine, eating breakfast, squabbling with each other, going to work. I turn the page, not knowing what is going to happen next, wanting to know but not wanting it to happen. She is a master of her craft.
Read more of my book reviews at http://www.sandradanby.com/book-reviews-a-z/ ( )
  Sandradan1 | Nov 5, 2015 |
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Blighted souls and the bleak lives they lead overwhelm the plot of Hill's diffuse and meandering third thriller to feature Chief Insp. Simon Serrailler.
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Simon Serrailler's story began in "The Various Haunts of Men" (about a serial killer) and continued with "The Pure in Heart" (about a kidnapped schoolboy). Susan Hill is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, nor to face up to the realities of stress in an ordinary English police station. Her third crime novel, "The Risk of Darkness", even more compulsive and convincing, follows up the child abduction and explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement, which turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror. Meanwhile, handsome, introverted Simon Serrailler, whose cool reserve has broken the hearts of several women, finds his own heart troubled by the newest recruit to the Cathedral staff: a feisty female Anglican priest with red hair..."The Risk of Darkness" is packed with action and adventure. Like "Various Haunts", it hinges on a terrific twist, which comes as a complete surprise to the reader; and like "The Pure in Heart", it deals in depth with complex daily problems.

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Simon Serailler takes on the case of an obsessive widower engaging in increasingly violent acts, a case that is further complicated by Serailler's troubled feelings for the Cathedral's newest recruit, a red-haired woman Anglican priest.

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