Heavy rain falls on Lafferton, flooding the cathedral town and causing a landslip out on the moors. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed.
It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago. But a cold case isn't a priority for a police force already struggling with staff shortages and cuts: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone.
Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for funding to prevent the closure of the local hospice that offers respite to so many of her patients.
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Hugely enjoyable... This is a satisfying crime story and a fearless examination of controversial issues surrounding terminal illness - Daily Mail
The Betrayal of Trust isn't only a page-turner - though it certainly fulfils that expectation - it's also a thought-provoking novel about those who suffer and those who care for them - Guardian
Hill can't write a bad sentence and her characters are all completely convincing - no more so than her long-serving detective Simon Serrailler - Daily Mirror
Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence - Scotland on Sunday
Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable - Country Life
A crime series that specialises in sidestepping conventions, always to exhilarating effect... These books succeed in harnessing all the genre's addictive power while maintaining a complexity and fascination entirely their own - Independent
Susan Hill has been a writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham; and have been shortlisted for the Booker. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle and A Kind Man; and she has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories. She is also the author of the bestselling Simon Serrailler cases. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London’s West End since 1988. She is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.