Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Armchair Novel Review: The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill

The Betrayal of Trust
by Susan Hill

Hardcover, 368 pages
Also available as an eBook

I have to admit that what first caught my attention, besides the great title, was the recommendation by P.D. James. 

Susan Hill is a new author for me and I am really glad I have discovered her. This is her 6th book in the Simon Serrailler crime series. 

Heavy rains and flash flooding have ravaged the countryside of Lafferton, just outside of London. The remains of a young woman are found, opening up a 16-year old cold case involving a missing local girl. Soon more remains are found and Simon Serrailler is scrambling to find a connection between the two victims while dealing with old evidence, dead-end leads, and an almost non-existent police budget. Balanced with his investigative work is his own rich inner life; love, art, and family - making Serrailler a fascinating 3-dimensional character. 

Susan Hill is known for her literary fiction as well as her mystery writing and it shows. In this mystery she manages to weave in parallel and deeper mysteries of the head, heart and body and how ultimately we betray ourselves as much or more than each other.

Other books in the Simon Serrailler series:
The Various Haunts of Men
The Pure in Heart
The Risk of Darkness
The Vows of Silence 
The Shadows in the Street

Learn more about Susan Hill at her website or at Random House Canada