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2.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment, 9 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: The Betrayal of Trust: Simon Serrailler Book 6 (Hardcover)
I was really looking forward to this book and it was a huge disappointment. I'm sorry to see that a lot of the narrative is becoming formulaic; particularly those bits that have to do with the Serailler family. Once a delight they are now reduced to: Serailler senior doing/saying something that upsets all around him, and others trying to deal with the fallout, Simon and Cat having a huge row and then making up a few pages later, a mention of triplet Ivo (I don't know why because he's a cypher who lives in Australia and adds nothing to the books ), and another unattainable woman for Simon. This time she is not unattainable because she is dead (Freya), more interested in God (Janet)or engaged and in love with someone else (Kirsty): this time she is unattainable because she is married to someone with a terminal disease. The dialogue between Simon and his new 'lady love' is horrible; clunky, repetitive and not credible.
Where the book is strong is in the passages dealing with the sufferer from Motor Neurone disease, these are skilfully written and deeply disturbing. But the novel as a whole confirms what I have been thinking about this series for some time; that Hill is more interested in medicine and its ethics than she is in crime. With that as a given I rather wish she would just go and write books about those subjects, on which she can be very interesting and engaging, rather than bolt on paper thin murder plots and call them crime novels.
If there are any more I won't be buying them, just borrowing them from the library I'm afraid. I'm still interested enough to wonder what happens to Cat and family, but not enough to spend my limited book budget on finding out.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2011, 09:59:44 BST
H. Frohmann says:
I agree - this book was far more concerned with medical ethics (for which I thought that the motor neurone disease sufferer was very obviously a mere device) than crime. The murders and their solution were totally unbelievable and almost an irrelevance. The book was a disappointment and a terrible waste of money.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011, 10:00:25 BST
LALLY says:
i agree-- a con and waste of money.like a bore at a party sidling up to you to discuss old age issues all night.

Posted on 6 Nov 2011, 09:43:02 GMT
Kirstiemac says:
I was already unsure about whether to bother buying the next book in Hill's 'Crime' series. Beginning to feel we could have her under the trade descriptions act or something. I enjoy the crime genre. However, with Hill's books I have become increasingly frustrated. I dislike, more than anything, being lectured to on issues I do not need to be educated about. It seems quite self indulgent. I read a few of Jodi Pic'whatsits books and then realised she must have a notebook in which is a list of moral dilemmas she considers relevant to 'modern' readers, and has proceeded to work her way through them, not very convincingly. Hill, though the better writer by miles, is doing the same thing while tantalising us with what would have been a very worthwhile crime series. We are given a P. D. Jamesian type detective and then saddled with his awful sister Cat, who while doing 'good' TO people; telling them WHAT they should or should NOT do has always struck me as totally self-absorbed. Cat was also having a go at Simon before her poor husband (I liked him as a character, he seemed quite sane to me. Though anyone would look sane next to Cat) fell ill and died. So I don't think we can blame grief for her continuing to harangue Simon. If I'm in the mood to suffer depression via a lecture I may listen to the audiobook, but only if it is read by the excellent Steven Pacey and I can hire it from the library for the princely sum of £1.10. Of the reviews here I have been swayed more by the detractors than those who don't mind a 'crime' novel being hijacked. A crime in itself!
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