The Betrayal of Trust: A Simon Serailler Mystery

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Overlook, Nov 10, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Susan Hill's readers met the enigmatic and brooding Simon Serrailler in The Various Haunts of Men and got to know him better in the four mysteries that followed. In The Betrayal of Trust, she has written the most chilling and unputdownable book yet. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave––and a skeleton––are exposed; twenty years on, the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. The case is reopened and Simon Serrailler is called in as Senior Investigating Officer. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night. She was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her mother had killed herself two years after she disappeared, unable to cope. Cold cases are always tough, and in this latest mystery in the acclaimed series from Susan Hill, Simon Serrailler is forced to confront his most grisly, dangerous, and complex case yet.

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Review: The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler #6)

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Mixed feelings about this book. I liked Simon Serrailler a lot more than in previous books, and the plot was passable. There were several separate stands to the plot that all came together in the end ... Read full review

Review: The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler #6)

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Another interesting book in this excellent series. The main plotline is about the discovery, after flood damage, of two bodies one of whom is identified as a local teenage girl who disappeared some ... Read full review

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Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards, and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is the author of fifty-six books. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it is also a major feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Her crime novels featuring DCS Simon Serrailler are currently being adapted for TV.

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