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Susan Hill
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Knopf Canada (June 27, 2006)
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The Risk of Darkness. Genres : Mystery, Thriller. Series : Simon Serrailler Published : 2006.

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Susan Hill is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, nor to face up to the realities of stress in an ordinary English police station. The Risk of Darkness is packed with action and adventure

Susan Hill is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, nor to face up to the realities of stress in an ordinary English police station. Her third crime novel, The Risk of Darkness, even more compulsive and convincing, follows up the child abduction and explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement which turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror. The Risk of Darkness is packed with action and adventure. Like Various Haunts, it hinges on a terrific twist which comes as a complete surprise to the reader; and like The Pure in Heart, it deals in depth with complex daily problems. Отзывы - Написать отзыв.

One There was no fly and there should have been a fly. It was that sort of room. Chairs and tables with tubular metal legs

One There was no fly and there should have been a fly. Chairs and tables with tubular metal legs. But in these places there was always a fly too, zizzing slowly up and down a window pane. Up. The wall at the far end was covered in whiteboards and pinboards. Then came: Witnesses (which was blank).

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The Risk of Darkness book. Susan Hill developes her characters in the small town of Lafferton, so you get to know the townspeople in a limited way, just as you'd nod to them on the street in real life. And the main characters are good people, with real problems and serious personality flaws. There are a lot of different threads in this one, the main story being solving the case left hanging in the last book. The author has no problem portraying evil psychopaths. They are This is just the kind of mystery series that I love.

Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and a Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man.

Dougie Meelup stood up and pushed back his chair from the table. I’m opening these doors. What’s a garden for? Eileen watched him. I’ll put the deckchair out there, you bring your book ter here. Eileen, it is beautiful. Eileen, it is beautiful sunshine out there, I’ve put up the umbrella, you can be in the shade. I can’t sit out. No one will see you. Next door are away. And no one knows anything else. They know my other name and it’s not like Smith, they all see the television, read the papers. They know I’ve two girls

Simon Serrailler’s story began in The Various Haunts of Men(about a serial killer) and continued with The Pure in Heart(about a kidnapped schoolboy). Susan Hill is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, nor to face up to the realities of stress in an ordinary English police station. Her third crime novel, The Risk of Darkness, even more compulsive and convincing, follows up the child abduction and explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement which turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.Meanwhile, handsome, introverted Simon Serrailler, whose cool reserve has broken the hearts of several women, finds his own heart troubled by the newest recruit to the Cathedral staff: a feisty female Anglican priest with red hair…The Risk of Darknessis packed with action and adventure. Like Various Haunts, it hinges on a terrific twist which comes as a complete surprise to the reader; and like The Pure in Heart, it deals in depth with complex daily problems.
  • Scoreboard Bleeding
By Susan Hill

The following contains some revelations about the plots of all three Simon Serrailler novels which might be considered spoilers.

The Risk of Darkness is a book about life changes and how people respond to them. Although classified as a crime novel, it is much more than that. The crime and the criminal are a focal point around which other plots move, but crime is a plot device. This is not a who-done-it.

The crime is the abduction and murder of children. The criminal, revealed early on in the book, is Edwina Sleightholme, who prefers to be called Ed, a complex character whose psychological makeup and motivation are not fully explored in this book, leaving this reader longing for more.

The Risk of Darkness is the third in the Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill. The series is a progression in time, meaning that the reader who has read the first two in the series will better understand references to the past in this, the third.

There are several concurrent plot lines and themes in The Risk of Darkness. The exploration of how people respond to death is a central theme.

Two deaths continue to haunt Simon: the death of Freya Graffham, a woman he was developing feelings for in the first book of the series, The Various Haunts of Men; and the death of his sister Martha, which took place in the second book, The Pure in Heart. These unresolved grievings have Simon feeling dissatisfaction with both his work and his personal life.

Max Jameson's wife Lizzie dies an agonizing death. Max's grief drives him into insanity.

Jane Fitzroy's mother is murdered, and Jane begins to question her own commitment to her position as an Anglican priest. The death of Lizzie Jameson and Max's plunge into insanity also factor into Jane's turmoil.

Marilyn Angus responds to the death of her husband and the presumed death of her son David with a matter-of-factness approach to getting on with life, although this reaction crumbles in the end.

Richard Serrailler, father to Cat and Simon, handles the death of his wife Meriel with a surface calmness. One suspects, however, that he is suppressing his grief and it will come to the fore at some point in the future.

Other life changes are faced by characters in the book. Simon's sister, Cat, and her husband Chris contemplate a move to Australia as an antidote to Chris's dissatisfaction with his work as a doctor, what seems in his case to be a classic case of a mid-life crisis.

Simon is contemplating changes in his life and in his career. He seems at a crossroads, not sure which way to turn. Simon is approaching his 37th birthday and so he too may be in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

By the end of the book Ed has come to the realization that she will never again be free, and the reader is left wondering how she is going to deal with this realization.

Three women are assaulted in the course of the book, and each woman deals with the aftereffects of the assault differently.

Cat, also a doctor, is assaulted while on a nighttime home visit. She is shaken by the assault and begins to reevaluate her life.

Magda, who has been assaulted in her home in London, responds by reasserting her independence and insisting on returning to her home, where she is later murdered.

Jane, who is Magda's daughter, is also assaulted in her home in Lafferton and responds by reconsidering her commitment to her career as an Anglican priest.

Mother-daughter relationships are also explored in this book.

The relationship between Cat and her mother Meriel occupies little space in this novel, although their relationship has been explored in more detail in the two previous novels.

Jane and Magda are considered from the perspectives of their very different responses to being assaulted in their homes, as well as their conflict over Jane's calling to the priesthood.

Kyra is a young girl who has been befriended by her neighbor Ed. While the reader is privy to Ed's thoughts about Kyra being safe and thus not in danger of being abducted and murdered, we do not understand why this is so. Kyra shares some personality traits with Ed, and I was left wondering if the relationship between Kyra and her mother Natalie might be similar to Ed's childhood relationship with her mother Eileen.

The relationship between Edwina and Eileen is tantalizingly short on detail. We view their past through the selective memories of Eileen only.

When I read a book, one thing that plays a role in determining whether I like it or not is whether I care about the characters. I cared a lot about Simon and Freya Graffham in the first book of the series, The Various Haunts of Men, the ending of which I found shocking, probably contributing to my very strong anticipation for the second book. I am left at the end of The Risk of Darkness with a similar longing for the next book in the series. I want to know more about Ed, her past and how she responds to the realization that she will never be free again.

Edwina Sleightholme is viewed by Simon as the personification of evil. Yet Ed is not a one-dimensional character, and while I share Simon's revulsion at what she has done, I am left wanting to know more of what shaped her personality, how she came to do the things she did. I do hope Susan Hill gives us more about Ed in future novels.
  • Jogas
This is the third in a series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler. As the story opens, Serrailler is in Yorkshire, far from "his patch" in Lafferton to assist the Yorkshire constabulary in dealing with several child abductions and probable murders, seemingly the work of a pedophile serial killer. Simon also thinks that their cases may be connected to abductions in Lafferton. Of course both the Yorkshire cops and those in Lafferton must also handle "routine" crime while trying to focus on the major crime.

Sounds like a fairly standard framework for a police procedural, so you can settle in for a difficult and wearing investigation by mostly dedicated cops, perhaps with a brilliant insight or two from the hero and with the outcome in doubt until the very end. As you relax into a comfortable chair, carefully take those expectations and stuff them under the seat cushion. This book is by no means a typical police procedural. It is not merely dark but close to despairing in its view of modern society and social relationships.

First, solutions are in very short supply, and the hard work of the cops has very little to do with such solutions as do occur. They result from true serendipity: random and inexplicable strokes of good luck. But the cops have absolutely no success in dealing with much of the crime described in the book. When they do have success, it proves impossible to conclude the case. Criminals remain unidentified, and their crimes unsolved. This is not the result of authorial incompetence but is clearly part of Ms. Hill's world view.

Second, the book is so structured so as to have little mystery and nearly nothing of police procedure. Indeed, Hill seems uninterested in the actual mechanics of a major investigation. Her descriptions of the work done are broad and general (one might almost say generic).

Third, virtually every relationship affecting the major characters in the book is destroyed, destabilized or cut short before fruition. Some of this is related to the effects of the crimes that occur; and I thought at first that Hill was exploring the effects of violent crime on those exposed to it. But this cannot be the case. Some of the disruption comes from death by natural causes, some from relocation to distant places and some from possible intimacy cut off. Included are parental relationships, romantic relationships and close work relationships. The point is that most of the main characters are virtually isolated by the end of the story.

Fourth, the community as a whole is curiously uninvolved in the story. Hill makes no attempt to describe normal life in Lafferton or elsewhere. There is no indication that the community cares much about the violence or its victims. One is led to question even the cops. Serrailler himself seems mainly motivated by the excitement and the adrenalin rush of his cases, and it is unclear whether any higher motivation exists. Serrailler also becomes aware that a cop temporarily assigned to Lafferton is uncaring, lazy and incompetent, insulting to citizens, contemptuous of his colleagues (especially superiors), and unpopular in every force he has been on. Serrailler elects to do nothing about it, telling his subordinate just to deal with it.

Fifth, one of the subplots seems to stand for the proposition that even God and his agents are helpless in the face of the evil in the world. God seems remote and unreachable (or non-existent), His representatives helpless to explain Him.

I could go on but the point is probably clear enough. This book sees civil society as coming apart. Good and bad seem completely random. Rationality has little importance or effect in the world. Communal bonds are nearly non-existent. As the poet Yeats wrote in "The Second Coming:"

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

This book is quite well written and interesting throughout, but it is so dark as to suggest despair.
  • Gardall
4 and 1/2 stars. While I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous two, I liked the way it slowly developed and my "light bulb" came on...finally. This is a book about loss. The loss of a wife; the loss of a child; the loss of a parent; the loss of a co-worker...the loss of reality in a couple of character's lives. Both Max and Eileen show a separation from reality, their personal loss is so great. And perhaps most of all, the loss of innocence. Having undergone their loss, the characters can no longer claim an innocence or child-like refusal to experience the pain and grief regarding their individual losses. (Although Eileen tries mightily to deny her loss, she exhibits behaviors that belie her denial.) I'm glad I read this book. While not as action-packed as the previous two, it was for me a "thinking" book, as I call them. It made me think about the loss in my life and how we all handle loss. Understanding makes a kinder world. I very much look forward the the next Serrailler installment!!
  • Kelerius
I don't often read series when I don't like the protagonist. I made an exception with this series, and I am glad that I did. Given enough books, this protagonist may just show himself to be worthwhile. It's hard to fathom why he is so aloof and unfeeling. It isn't as if he had a horrible childhood. Then again there are real people who fit the same bill with no better reasons.
  • Pruster
If you enjoy British mysteries of the Elizabeth George or Dorothy Sayer's ilk, then you should find Hill's Simin Serrailler series quite satisfying. The mysteries and well developed and relevant to today. The characters are 3D and very engaging. I look forward to her next book. I have read them all.
  • Cha
Great to have real human interest story underlying very good series of mysteries. Recommend them all so far. Each is better than the last