In the peaceful cathedral city of Lafferton, a gunman is terrorising young women. What - if anything - links the attacks? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun or do the police have two snipers on their hands?
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler is in charge of the case, but he is also struggling to deal with a tragedy at the heart of his own family. Two forthcoming events - a local fair and the high-profile cathedral wedding of the Lord Lieutenant's daughter - only add to the pressure...
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Susan Hill's crime novels are getting better and better... The main plot is straightforward enough - who is the killer and will he be caught? - but the narrative is so streamlined and effective that it races beautifully along until it smacks against the buffers of an unexpected but entirely convincing ending - Spectator
I stayed up gone two in the morning and by the end there were tears in my eyes - Daily Telegraph
Delicious agony...The suspense-building techniques of Alfred Hitchcock have long been locked into Susan Hill's literary apparatus and they are given full rein here - Daily Express
As always, Hill creates a marvellous cast of characters with absorbing contemporary concerns - Daily Mail
A triumph: cunningly plotted, shrewdly characterised. Hill has an understanding of evil that is both acute and disconcerting - Literary Review
Eagerly awaited by all aficionados of fiction -
The psychology and pace of the whole - and the quality of the writing - are utterly absorbing - Country Life
Masterly story telling from an accomplished writer - The Good Book Guide
It's a wonder it hasn't been snapped up for telly - Scotland on Sunday
A captivating read - Observer
Full marks to Susan Hill for her ability to face the unfaceable - Eurocrime.co.uk
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 56 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. Her crime novels featuring DCS Simon Serrailler are currently being adapted for TV.
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King’s College London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. Susan Hill was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours.