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Extraordinarily ordinary terror, a nerve wracking nightmare scenario
on 20 December 2012
Satisfyingly neat, totally complete yet firmly planted in a long running series; Susan Hill's latest Simon Serrailler is a perfect construction for her thoughtful crime/mystery solving aficionados. However, and this is a very serious warning - this is not a suitable book for an old lady living alone. My mother, 92, has collected all the SS series but doesn't want to read this one, since I outlined the plot to her. I mean it - this is not a suitable gift/loan for such a person.
Tidily set around the cathedral city of Lafferton woven through with the overlapping themes of complicated life with Cat Deerbon, Simon's widowed GP sister, his now well established in character family and friend Rachel, `A Question of Identity' opens with almost unthinkable murder, a pointless, motiveless indulgence by the most dangerous and slippery of killers. One who has relished the experience previously and yet fantastically has got away with it.
The carefully spaced chapters include the added intrigue of paragraphs directly from the cool, cruel mind of the invisible, slippery perpetrator. Dark thoughts and inexcusable self-justification introduce the split personality of this most easily overlooked character.
In fact when the story ends I went straight back to read the sections I should have taken more notice of, I did have an inkling but wasn't confident enough to say `who dunnit' at the time.
A well rounded read, one for the Serrailler shelf. Such gentle, thoughtful, steadily flowing writing, spiced with an undercurrent of dreadful deeds, was very much enjoyed and appreciated.