Risk of Darkness

Risk of Darkness

A Simon Serrailler Crime Novel

Book - 2007
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Simon Serrailler’s story began in The Various Haunts of Men (about a serial killer) and continued withThe 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 likeThe Pure in Heart, it deals in depth with complex daily problems.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: [ Canada ] : Seal Books, 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9781400025077
Characteristics: 493 p ; cm


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Apr 14, 2014

I enjoyed reading this Susan Hill novel. Her stories are really great but I wish she would clean up the bad language. Too many F. words.I am sure she could replace them with something else without taking away from the story line.

polar_bear Mar 23, 2012

This book contained some excellent moments, really spooky and realistic. But what I mostly felt about it was confusion. It wasn't really a mystery since the crime was resolved by a quarter of a way through the book. Then it was a matter of examining the traumatic effect of it on various nearby characters. There were so many players, all inter-related in various ways. The chapters were short, and the narrator of each was different from the last, so it was easy to lose track of what was happening. The author brought great insight to the relationships between the characters, enough for me be curious about reading another in the series. Certainly the book was at times chilling, but I couldn't recommend it on its own. Finally, at the end there was no real resolution; all the characters just seemed to be ready to move on. It wasn't very satisfying.

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