The Benefit of Hindsight: Simon Serrailler Book 10 - Simon Serrailler (Hardback)Susan Hill (author)
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Crafted with Hill’s characteristic finesse and psychological insight, the tenth Serailler novel merges a compelling whodunit with a measured, thoughtful study of family and belonging. A complex, flawed protagonist and deft, nuanced storytelling ensure The Benefit of Hindsight retains its remarkable quality throughout.
In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must engage with his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the sanctity of hearth and home.
On the face of it DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of the medieval angels which are being restored.
Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgement in the investigation puts Simon's reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been.
In her new role as a private GP, Simon's sister Cat's medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women. Simon and Cat's unreliable father, Richard, has returned to live nearby, in a luxury apartment for the well-heeled over 60s. He's soon up to his usual tricks.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 30 mm
Beautifully told, Hill's gimlet eye and steely prose remind you how fierce she can be -- Geoffrey Wansell * Daily Mail *
The Benefit of Hindsight evolves organically by way of a brilliant fusion of parts: plot, setting, characters, dialogue... I read it at a sitting. Not just a good book but an experience -- Gwen Moffat * Shots *
Superb... It's a book to start when you have time to spare as you're not readily going to put it down until you get to the last page... I read it in just over a day and I'm still thinking about the characters days later * Bookbag *
I love the Simon Serailler series and this was my favourite for a while... the ongoing family drama is hugely compelling. Add to that cleverly woven mystery elements and this, for me, puts this series somewhere near the top of my literary crime favourites * Liz Loves Books *
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