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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite series
You will be moved to tears in parts of this book, I shall not reveal any more plot details, LOL. I have found this whole series very well written and have a lot of trouble putting these books down. I have read all 4 one after the other and have got no 5 from the Library ready to go.
I feel the writer has the right amount of balance between the family life of...
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by bagmad
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing....
Susan Hill is a gifted writer and I have enjoyed other books in this series. But I'm afraid this one was simply depressing. Not only several murders but other tragedies, and the main character who seemed to be interesting and complex in previous books seems simply dull and rather self-obsessed in this one. I appreciate that many other people enjoyed this book but perhaps...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half story of the family half police procedural.,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Kindle Edition)This book in the series like all the rest is half the story of a family and the rest a police procedural. Well written you can lose yourself in it instantly especially if you are reading the books in order.
4.0 out of 5 stars Vows of Silence my review,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Kindle Edition)I do not normally read Thrillers this was a book club choice. I enjoyed it, it is well written with believable characters. The ending came as a surprise which made me think back over the book. Very clever.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Vows of Silence,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Kindle Edition)Another page turner from Susan Hill. As usual she manages to create characters about whom you want to learn more. Just as you become involved in the events of one set of lives you are whisked off to another scene and another set of dramas and emotions. Interspersed you are allowed glimpses into the mind of the murderer. A very well crafted book.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Vows of Silence,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Paperback)This fourth in the series about Simon Serrailler maintains a good story and the reader's interest. The tragedies which befall Simon's own family, however, while balancing the story, do seem over-played. With two family deaths [unrelate to the crime investigation] in the previous book, and more to follow in this one, there persists an air of gloom over the whole. Like "Holby", Lafferton is not a healthy place in which to live!
3.0 out of 5 stars A dangerous part of the country!,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Paperback)Life expectancy seems to be very short in the city where this novel is set. We open with a couple of widowed people, then have a further two deaths from cancer, a suicide, a grisly accident with many dead and that is before we even get to the serial murderer. Despite the death toll, I did enjoy this book. However I found myself bringing the subject of death into everyday conversations for days afterwards. Not that this is always a bad thing, of course ...
As one might expect from an author of Susan Hill's stature, the characterisation is superb. This is the only one of this series that I have read and so I cannot say whether there has been insufficient development of characters, as some other reviewers have suggested. And yes, to some extent Ian Serailleur may be the least satisfying character. But he was at least good enough and I thought the others, secondary parts as well as main parts, were strong.
The plotting - not as strong but good enough to keep me engaged to the end. I did have a sense of a desperate soap writer looking to beef up the storyline - when will an aircraft taken by suicide bombers aim for the cathedral? - but better than many. No ludicrous coincidences, at least. I had the perpetrator identified as a suspect fairly early but not 100% (about 3 possibles) and I was content at the denoument.
Would I read another in the series? maybe. By Susan Hill in another genre - you bet!
23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant return of Simon Serrailler,
It's been quite a long wait for this most recent episode in the life of Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler but how worthwhile!
Serrailler is back in VOWS OF SILENCE and Susan Hill has yet again provided a book which has to be read at one sitting!
Serrailler has his hands full with a gunman who is picking off, apparently at random, young females. He is methodical, cold and in control and with the victims having no obvious links the case is proving a frustrating one for Serrailler who at one stage admits `he has the upper hand'.
Not only does Serrailler have to cope with the shootings, his brother-in-law Chris, who has just arrived back with the family after 9 months in Australia, is diagnosed with a brain tumour. The resultant family crisis he and his sister Cat have to face is matched only in part (certainly for Serrailler) by the arrival of a new partner for his recently bereaved father - a man Serrailler has never been able to get along with.
Serrailler can't cope with the woman who has taken his beloved mother's place, and his attitude just adds to Cat's trauma of seeing her husband suffer abysmally after surgery and radiotherapy.
This might sound like a depressing book but it isn't, not by a long way. Hill has a remarkable way of interweaving all her characters in a way that cannot help but draw you in - their strengths and their weaknesses are to the fore and she sets the scene for an exciting story that has you guessing to the end - and invariably the perpetrator is quite a surprise!
Simon Serrailler will go down in the history of crime novels as one of the better detectives. There is nothing superhuman about him, he is totally believable as a person, a fine detective and a much needed loving uncle for young Sam.
Fortunately (and with a sigh of relief from Serrailler fans) Susan has now started writing the next, called THE TREE IN WINTER, which will be published in 2009 - not long now!!
18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vows of Silence,
stories before, but none of the support characters struck me as being very interesting, - or necessary - and there were far too many of them.
And a bit of humour here and there would not have been out of place amidst all that gloom and doom. Doesn't anyone in Lafferton ever have a laugh? I read this book fresh from reading R.D. Wingfields "A Killing Frost" - Sorry folks -just NO CONTEST.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre,
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fourth and tautest Serrailler novel to date,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Paperback)After the more leisurely second and third instalments of this series, this is the tightest book to date. A sniper is targeting young married women in Lafferton; Cat has returned from Australia and faces her most heart-rending challenge; a widow is taking her first steps in dating again; and Jane Fitzroy is finding her direction in life.
I guess you could read this novel without the rest of the series but the others really add resonance as people's pasts count here. Definitely don't read this is you're looking for a more typical police/crime novel since Hill is always more interested in her characters and the effect crime might have on them than writing a mystery. And the perpetrator is not difficult to spot here, although the interest is in more than just the criminal's identity.
I love this series and found this the most emotionally moving so far. Can't wait for the new book.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another success,
This review is from: The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) (Paperback)[ASIN:0099499290 The Vows of Silence (Simon Serrailler 4)] Susan Hill always writes convincingly about bereavement and grief, and this is perhaps what makes the Serrailler books so impressive. The basic premise, of a cultured and sensitive policeman, so beloved of mystery writers from Ngaio Marsh to P.D.James, is, unfortunately, improbable and increasingly difficult to believe in these days, and the fact that Hill does make us believe in the possibility of a Simon Serailler must be attributable to her careful construction of an attractive and interesting family background for the detective. The plot of this latest novel is harrowing at times, but she avoids sentimentality very well.
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The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler Book 4 (Simon Serrailler 4) by Susan Hill (Paperback - 3 Sep 2009)