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The Betrayal of Trust : A Simon Serailler Mystery

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Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Lafferton is underwater and a landship on the Moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave--and a skeleton--are exposed; 20 years on, the remains of a missing teenager have finally been uncovered.

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The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill is the sixth book in the DCI Simon Serrailler Series. As always, Susan Hill offers a mix of police procedural and social commentary. This time, crime very much takes a back seat as social and moral issues are explored. The Betrayal of Trust is the series darkest and most enthralling of novel so far. Author Susan Hill sheds light on many dark and often unspoken issues. Aging, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and living with a terminal illness are all examined closely. Virtually all of the well rounded characters are dealing with death and grieving in one way or another. Simon's sister, physician Cat Deerborn, is still grieving the loss of her husband to cancer. One of her patients, Jocelyn Forbes, is stricken with Motor Neuron Disease, also known as ALS, and is trying to come to terms with this. The town of Lafferton, where all of the action takes place , is struggling to fund a hospice, and yet another person agonizes over care homes for her partner, now stricken with dementia. If this book sounds dark, it is. However, as many of us have struggled with aging parents, terminal illness, palliative care as well as relatives who have wish for assisted suicide, I suspect that this novel will resonate with many of us. I found the situations dealt with to be stark and true to life , and I congratulate Susan Hill on her ability to tackle dark and challenging issues without sentimentality but with realism and compassion. This novel was a powerful, dark and illuminating read. It will stay with me for a long time. 4.5 stars.

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Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Lafferton is underwater and a landship on the Moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave--and a skeleton--are exposed; 20 years on, the remains of a missing teenager have finally been uncovered. The Betrayal of Trust

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Series Title
Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mysteries
Publisher
Harry N. Abrams
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
368
Author
Susan Hill
ISBN-13
9781590202807
Publication Date
November, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.10 x 6.20 x 1.30 Inches
ISBN-10
1590202805

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The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill is the sixth book in the DCI Simon Serrailler Series. As always, Susan Hill offers a mix of police procedural and social commentary. This time, crime very much takes a back seat as social and moral issues are explored. The Betrayal of Trust is the series darkest and most enthralling of novel so far. Author Susan Hill sheds light on many dark and often unspoken issues. Aging, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and living with a terminal illness are all examined closely. Virtually all of the well rounded characters are dealing with death and grieving in one way or another. Simon's sister, physician Cat Deerborn, is still grieving the loss of her husband to cancer. One of her patients, Jocelyn Forbes, is stricken with Motor Neuron Disease, also known as ALS, and is trying to come to terms with this. The town of Lafferton, where all of the action takes place , is struggling to fund a hospice, and yet another person agonizes over care homes for her partner, now stricken with dementia. If this book sounds dark, it is. However, as many of us have struggled with aging parents, terminal illness, palliative care as well as relatives who have wish for assisted suicide, I suspect that this novel will resonate with many of us. I found the situations dealt with to be stark and true to life , and I congratulate Susan Hill on her ability to tackle dark and challenging issues without sentimentality but with realism and compassion. This novel was a powerful, dark and illuminating read. It will stay with me for a long time. 4.5 stars.
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I would like to add a ...
I would like to add a slight dissenting note to these reviews. I found this book extremely depressing which given the subject matter is not surprising, but the relentlessly glum tone and the incessant heaping of distressing relationships and illnesses on the characters and their loved ones throughout this series has gone too far in my opinion. Many crime novels are depressing, but those that I enjoy tend to have a more vivid style of writing or are lightened by humour even if it is rather dark.
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The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill is the sixth book in the DCI Simon Serrailler Series. As always, Susan Hill offers a mix of police procedural and social commentary. This time, crime very much takes a back seat as social and moral issues are explored. The Betrayal of Trust is the series darkest and most enthralling of novel so far. Author Susan Hill sheds light on many dark and often unspoken issues. Aging, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and living with a terminal illness are all examined closely. Virtually all of the well rounded characters are dealing with death and grieving in one way or another. Simon's sister, physician Cat Deerborn, is still grieving the loss of her husband to cancer. One of her patients, Jocelyn Forbes, is stricken with Motor Neuron Disease, also known as ALS, and is trying to come to terms with this. The town of Lafferton, where all of the action takes place , is struggling to fund a hospice, and yet another person agonizes over care homes for her partner, now stricken with dementia. If this book sounds dark, it is. However, as many of us have struggled with aging parents, terminal illness, palliative care as well as relatives who have wish for assisted suicide, I suspect that this novel will resonate with many of us. I found the situations dealt with to be stark and true to life , and I congratulate Susan Hill on her ability to tackle dark and challenging issues without sentimentality but with realism and compassion. This novel was a powerful, dark and illuminating read. It will stay with me for a long time. 4.5 stars.
Most helpful negative review
I would like to add a ...
I would like to add a slight dissenting note to these reviews. I found this book extremely depressing which given the subject matter is not surprising, but the relentlessly glum tone and the incessant heaping of distressing relationships and illnesses on the characters and their loved ones throughout this series has gone too far in my opinion. Many crime novels are depressing, but those that I enjoy tend to have a more vivid style of writing or are lightened by humour even if it is rather dark.
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The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill is the sixth book in the DCI Simon Serrailler Series. As always, Susan Hill offers a mix of police procedural and social commentary. This time, crime very much takes a back seat as social and moral issues are explored. The Betrayal of Trust is the series darkest and most enthralling of novel so far. Author Susan Hill sheds light on many dark and often unspoken issues. Aging, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and living with a terminal illness are all examined closely. Virtually all of the well rounded characters are dealing with death and grieving in one way or another. Simon's sister, physician Cat Deerborn, is still grieving the loss of her husband to cancer. One of her patients, Jocelyn Forbes, is stricken with Motor Neuron Disease, also known as ALS, and is trying to come to terms with this. The town of Lafferton, where all of the action takes place , is struggling to fund a hospice, and yet another person agonizes over care homes for her partner, now stricken with dementia. If this book sounds dark, it is. However, as many of us have struggled with aging parents, terminal illness, palliative care as well as relatives who have wish for assisted suicide, I suspect that this novel will resonate with many of us. I found the situations dealt with to be stark and true to life , and I congratulate Susan Hill on her ability to tackle dark and challenging issues without sentimentality but with realism and compassion. This novel was a powerful, dark and illuminating read. It will stay with me for a long time. 4.5 stars.

Susan Hill Simon Serr...

Susan Hill' Simon Serrailler mystery series still wows me. There have been better & best titles, never a disappointment.Many plot facets this time, that get summed up very satisfactorily. Trouble with his own life, that of his extended family, she keeps in mind keeping him a real person (yes, it is fiction, no worries).Cold case, also addresses a touchy subject, sensitive to the times... One thing: man, these Brits drink coffee at ALL hours... I was almost kept awake via sympathetic caffeine!

The only problem I had...

The only problem I had with this book was that one of the main strands of the plot didn't really link in with the others very strongly. But on the other hand I like the way you never know quite what is going to turn out to be significant in these books, which is much better than other more predictable crime fiction.

Reason for Reading: Ne...

Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I love this series! And eagerly await each new installment which, unfortunately only come out every other year, but boy! is it worth the wait! Simon is working on the cold case of skeletal remains which were easily identified by a genetic abnormality but soon after the finding of this body more remains are found close by; this time in a shallow grave. Simon must decide if they are related and how. This time the victim is an unknown and proves difficult to identify. A most intriguing and stimulating case with many twists, turns and avenues. As usual with Hill's books, while the case is the main focus of the book it does not take up the whole spotlight. Simon's character and personal life, along with that of his family continues on in an established story arc throughout the books. The other topic that permeates this book is that of the elderly/terminally ill and death. Susan Hill explores this theme from many angles giving us characters who are doctors, nurses, caregivers and patients who are simply elderly, suffering from dementia or dying from terrible terminal illnesses. She explores hospice care, private clinics, those who are content with their life and now death and those who are angry at the world for their illness and impending death. She explores the controversial issue of self-assisted suicide from both sides , while making a sympathetic character who deals with the issue and at the same time dealing with the crime that it is in England and most of the civilized world. A page-turning, thought-provoking, addictive read. And a highly recommended series. For some reason I started this one in the middle, so I have to keep reminding myself I have the first three books awaiting my reading pleasure.

Youll see a number of...

You'll see a number of negative reviews here that are mostly people who are disappointed that Hill doesn't stick to the usual mystery structure in these books. If that is a deal-breaker for you, then this series probably isn't for you. But there is a lot else to recommend them. For one thing, the narrative scope of these novels goes way beyond the individual books. So a novel may stop in the middle of a case. Or a novel may close with the close of a case, leaving a whole bunch of sub-plots unresolved. It is not as if the cases or the volumes are treated completely arbitrarily, but the structure is like that of O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels--what really matters is the narrative arc of the whole series, the structure of the individual novels is secondary. Also, Hill uses the mystery as a vehicle for dealing with a lot of serious life issues. Difficult familial issues, illness, death, suicide, spiritualism, having and raising children, loss, giving of and protecting oneself and on and on. She creates three-dimensional characters, puts them into these life situations and lets them play out realistically. Thematically, they all contribute to the overall arc of the work. As far as plot goes, some feed into the main plot significantly, some do not. So, if you are looking for a respite from all the serious issues in your life, or you need for a mystery to stick closely to a particular structure, then you'd be better to look elsewhere. If you are willing to put yourself into Hill's hands a bit and let the eternal worries and crises of life play out in your story, then these novels are definitely worth a try. From a literary standpoint, rather than a generic expectation standpoint, Hill usually does all of this quite well. Here, I think, she is a bit heavy-handed in pushing her theme hard in seemingly every facet of the story, but all in all this is another strong outing for Hill's Serrailler series.

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