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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THE VARIOUS HAUNTS OF MEN 1. 'I loved this book. Masterly and satisfying. The result is stunning' Ruth Rendell 2. 'This book must be judged as a potential successor to the great sequence of detective writing by P.D. James and Ruth Rendall ... excellent' Daily Telegraph 4. 'Gripping ... and subtle' Daily Mail - reviews
Fans of Hill's earlier work like The Woman in Black will appreciate that she can still weave a jolly good story... Minor characters acquire an extra dimension in Hill's experienced hands... Crime fans on the look out for intelligent examples of the genre will enjoy The Risk of Darkness - Time Out
The Risk of Darkness is an almost flawless novel - Spectator
Hill has a genius for tackling controversial issues head on while paying tribute to the quotidian detail of ordinary people's lives. This series has become indispensable for lovers of quality crime fiction - Daily Mail
This is 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. The Risk of Darkness reminds us that the other side of darkness is light, and that risk-taking, in fiction as in life, sometimes pays off brilliantly - Independent
A writer of the calibre of Susan Hill is never going to produce a mere whodunit... this is a complex novel, weaving themes of loss, family, the vulnerability of women and what happens when people choose isolation over intimacy with others - Daily Telegraph
They can stand on their own...this is a really good novel regardless of fiction genre - Savidge Reads
Susan Hill has been a professional 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. 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.