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The Soul of Discretion: Simon Serrailler Book 8 [Format Kindle]

Susan Hill
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Revue de presse

"This is modern crime writing with a dark, fierce edge - and all the better for it" (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

"A wonderful storyteller. she is also one of those rare crime writers whose books invite a second reading" (Scotsman)

"Hill's Serrailler novels have developed into a series whose appeal stretches beyond their genre... The secret of Hill's narrative style is that she forces the readers to invest emotionally in her characters. And then she makes ghastly things happen to them... It sounds easy, but it isn't" (Spectator)

"The Simon Serrailler novels are in a league of their own; literate, detailed and full of drama - they stand head and shoulders above the majority of crime novels. This is the eighth novel in the series and is the darkest and most disturbing yet. It is also the best." (CrimeSquad)

"Kept me turning the pages, gripped" (Woman & Home)

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The eighth Simon Serrailler case

'Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning' Ruth Rendell

The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.

When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton’s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone – not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.

Meanwhile, Simon’s sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS. But an urgent call about her and Simon’s father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home.

To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital (2 octobre 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0701187646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701187644
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Super ! 1 novembre 2014
Par asi
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Pour les fans : un bon moment de lecture. Ne manquez pas de vous plonger rapidement dans ce dernier opus de la série.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Soul of Discretion 2 octobre 2014
Par Damaskcat - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Simon Serrailler is asked to take on the most dangerous and difficult job of his career. Naturally he has mixed feelings about it but his overwhelming feeling is that the job must be done. His family - sister Cat and her children and his father, Richard and stepmother Judith - are used to him being incommunicado from time to time but for Rachel, his partner, it is difficult to deal with. She isn't finding it easy living with Simon.

While Simon is preparing for his new undercover existence there is a rape in Lafferton and an elderly woman hears strange noises at night in the empty building next door to her flat. Simon's sister, Cat, needs to find another source of income and their stepmother, Judith is wondering whether her marriage was all a mistake.

I found this a tense and harrowing read and probably, in my opinion, one of the best books in this excellent series. It does not shirk the difficult issues of terminally ill people, child abuse and rape and it deals with them sensitively and well. There is little graphic violence but the book is all the more horrific for its absence.

The book could be read as a standalone novel as there is enough background information to inform the new reader about the things they need to know. However, reading the whole series in the order of publication gives a more in depth picture of the series characters. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just when I thought the Serrailler series might be running out of steam....... 2 octobre 2014
Par Lady Fancifull - Publié sur
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Susan Hill was a fabulous and thoughtful writer of complex and often dark psychology long before she embarked on the crime genre

So when, all those years ago, she joined the ranks of detective novel writers, with an on-going cast of characters, to appear novel by novel, she was never going to abandon her initial writerly strengths and vision, and would instead bring these to her interpretation of the genre.

She begins with a particular person DCI Simon Serrailler, as her detective to follow and over the years (this is outing 8) traces the development not just of Serrailler himself, and relationships he has as a professional, the development of and relationships of individuals within his team, but also looks at Serrailler himself and his immediate and wider family. That family of course also being set within a particular time and place `Lafferton' a small cathedral town, somewhere in Southern England.

This gives, as the series wears on, Hill a chance to explore much wider themes, within the lives of her characters, and the culture of the times. The particular `crime' which may be the page turning element of the plot will spread out into the lives of the community at large, and Hill may also investigate further ethical and philosophical themes and sub-themes in each novel, as well as charting how decisions from Central Government may be filtering down onto the ground. These will obviously be around the policing and judiciary, and may deal with issues such as economic migrants and how they are viewed, but, as Serrailler's sister Cat Deerbon is a doctor, the exploration of the changing face of health-care and policies relating to this, are also, increasingly, at the centre.

This might make her sound dry, white-paper minded and pedantic. Anything but - it adds depth, integrity and interest. Continuing readers of the series know all the above, and my advice of course for the first time reader would be that though this (book 8) is absolutely fine, as they all are, to read as a stand-alone first book, if you enjoyed it, go and explore, in order, the rest of the series, from book 1, and work your way through, then reading this again, for even more enjoyment.

Later books in the series have explored strong meta-themes.

In this one, we are back into the territory of sexual crimes - and the wide context is about consent, and who is capable of giving consent; without consent, is always violation. Centrally, we are in the horrid territory of organised paedophilia, but there is also another story going on around adult rape and issues of power between the sexes. Hill is never salacious, there are no accounts designed half to titillate as they repel, but she does not hesitate to make the reader understand difficulties, injustices, ambiguities and still bleak challenges within the legal system.

She also continues to explore a theme which surfaced in Serrailler 6, around terminal care, and assisted dying, death itself - both un-natural, visited through violence by one on another, and the process itself which comes to all, which in the main we find so difficult to engage with. As a contrast to the difficulties in Serrailler 6, we have here, through Cat Deerbon's medical practice, an exploration of what proper hospice care could offer, what is being lost through cost-cutting policies, and indeed a humbling (for Deerbon) and revealing series of conversations with a patient in the process of dying (this is no spoiler, it is very obvious, immediately, known to Deerbon, known to the family) This is part of the `heart' of the book, an exploration of communities, both what is supportive about communities - and of course, that flip-side, the community of perversion which the police story is all about.

Initially, I started this book with a sense that maybe the series had run its course, that there was nowhere else to go. I do believe Hill proved me wrong. There are very certain developments, and onwards, not to mention an ending which has beautiful poise.

So yes, I will be interested in Serrailler 9, should Hill want to take us from that poise, onwards.

Her books are not really about guessing plot, we know who, we often can surmise, through the meta-themes, `and who else'; we often also know generally why (the litany of human chosen wrongdoing often comes down to simple motives), but the trick, or the point, is to get down to the particular weft and weave of individuals.

I received this as a digital ARC, via the publishers, Random House Vintage, complete with a few strange vanished sentence or clause endings, and the odd typo, which I assume will be corrected by an eagle-eyed and diligent final proof reading. That aside, recommended

Publication date in the UK 2nd October, Stateside has the same date for Kindle, but next year for the `proper bookie book'
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Top notch crime fiction! Tight plot and awesome characters. 1 novembre 2014
Par Maxine (Booklover Catlady) - Publié sur
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This was my first of the Simon Serrailler series, and my first Susan Hill book ever. I know right? Have I been hiding under a rock or something? Avid crime fan, somehow I missed this talented author. No more. Whilst this was book eight in the series, for me, the newcomer it read totally fine as a stand alone book. I didn't feel I missed out by not reading prior books in the series.

I knew from the opening chapter I was going to like this book, first chapters are good indicators sometimes.

From the outside, the cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it just like any other place. It suffers from the same kinds of crime, is subject to the same pressures from a rapidly changing world, has the same hopes and fears as any number of towns up and down the land.

When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieran Bright, he is met by two plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the principal role in a difficult, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone - not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.

This book has so much going for it. A clever, tight plot that continues to throw up surprises. Exceptional characters, flawed and interesting. Story lines that work well in tandem then flow together into one brilliantly executed finale, like two rivers flowing into the great big blue ocean.

The book tackles some dark elements, some very real and disturbing crimes are committed and the focus of this book. Child pornography, child sex crimes, child killings. Not nice stuff. I seriously take my hat off to the men and women that work in this department of child sex crimes in any police force around the world, the images, the horrific things they see would send anyone around the bend with madness from the sheer evil of it all.

Pretty soon DC Simon Serrailler is asked to get closer to this evil than he ever imagined he would. He is to play a key role in bringing evil men to justice, to see their day in court and pay the ultimate price for their crimes. I loved the way his role was played out in the story line for this book, very interesting reading.

Can he play his role in cracking open secret networks of criminals? What's more can he do it without rocking anyone's boat and alerting them he is on the case?

There is an interesting sub-plot weaving through the novel at the same time as Simon is on his secret case. Again, the plot tackles difficult subject matter, but is written so well, it had me, the reader also wanting to know the outcome of this story too.

Not your average crime novel by any means, I liked a lot of aspects of this book. It flows and it sucks you in and makes you want to keep reading until the final outcome. My only criticism if any, is that in the middle I felt it hit a bit of a lull period, but wasn't long before it picked up into first gear again.

Most crime fiction fans usually are hardened to most things in crime books, graphic scenes, kill methods, torture etc. Thankfully, Susan Hill does not go into graphic detail around the child sex crimes, thank God, thank God, thank God - as THAT is hard stuff to read, even for the hardened crime reader like me.

A brilliant novel, entertaining, intriguing and one to put on your "to-read" list for sure. I am going to be finding more of this series to bury my crime lovers nose into in the very near future. 4 stars from me.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of my favourite series. 13 octobre 2014
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I love the Simon Serrailler novels. Always have done from the moment I picked up “The Various Haunts of Men” all those years ago, and fell in love with a character, his family and the place in which they reside, a town called Lafferton.

Without doubt, whilst every single novel has been brilliant, this was the best one for me since the original – the plot is poignant, scary, heart wrenching and horrific, with some extremely dark themes at the heart of it and a series of events that sends our well known characters into a place of shadows, and will leave you bewildered and overwhelmed. Stunning in its emotional resonance, whilst often being very matter of fact, in a lot of ways with “The Soul of Discretion” Ms Hill has given the series a completely new lease of life and when I put this down my first thought was “how in the HECK am I going to wait until the next one?”. Which says it all.

The writing really is sublime, especially when you think that most people would call this Crime Fiction. I’m not sure I would give it that label, even though there is always a crime and a mystery within the pages. For me it is really more of an ongoing family drama as we watch events unfold around Simon, Cat, Judith, Richard et al, sometimes life affirming, sometimes completely awful, but actually when taken overall pretty close to life. There are ups, there are downs, good things happen, bad things happen, and throughout it all the characters we come to know and love cope with it all or don’t – the sideline that Simon is a Police Officer is really just an anchor around which to base things.

That is not the say the Crime/Mystery elements of the Serailler series are not the very best anchor to have – every single time Ms Hill manages to comes up with an intelligent, emotive and intriguing storyline that adds to the series as a whole whilst allowing her characters to move on in life, with new experiences that always have resonance in the next novel – as such, taken as a body of work, this is really really excellent.

The depth of characterisation is sensational, the prose is gorgeous and flowing, bringing to life the story being told. In the case of this particular instalment there are some truly breathtaking moments – towards the end, as things came together, I was on the edge of my seat…the author achieves a slow but sure build up then BAM, suddenly you are off on a race against time where you are honestly not sure if there will be a happy ending. Clever and boy did I enjoy this one!

This is actually one series that I would highly recommend you read in order rather than dip in and out of, it is one of my collection series (yes chronic impatience meant I devoured the story via netgalley but I will certainly be buying a physical version to accompany the others) and one that in a few years, perhaps when it is done, I shall look forward to going back to and reading start to finish.

**Source: Netgalley UK**

Highly Recommended. Especially as a series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very thrilling and a very worthy addition to the Serrailler series 10 janvier 2015
Par Paul Benjamin - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Just finished this -- and was thrilled by Hill's eighth Simon Serrailler story, which continues the saga of cathedral town Lafferton (Cat Deerbon and her three kids along with her professional concerns, Simon's clueless father and his wife Judith, and Simon's live-in girlfriend) and spins out a frightening and harrowing story involving pedophiles and an undercover operation. I missed the more familiar crime of murder but this was well-plotted and highly engaging. Hill does occasionally go on too long about dying practices (Cat's medical specialty) but this is a dandy thriller.
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