Shortlisted for: Crime & Thriller of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered - dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death, but keep some details secret while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature.
Then Simon's former sergeant, the ever-cheerful Nathan Coates, tracks down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, and no dental records. Nothing. Alan Keyes does not exist.
The seventh in the best-selling Simon Serrailler series, A Question of Identity is Susan Hill's most thrillingly imagined crime novel to date.
©2012 Susan Hill (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
"Thoroughly enjoyable read"
I've listened to all the Simon Serrailler crime novels and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Particularly gratifying is getting to know the characters in depth and following their travails as well as the crime in hand. To say that Steven Pacey 'narrates' the story is to do him an injustice. He makes the novel and all the characters come to life by adopting very different voices for all the main characters. So distinctive are they you know instantly who is speaking and can picture them in your mind's eye. Thoroughly recommend this series but you should start with Book 1 - I envy you the journey.
Susan Hill has done it again, I've listened to all the Simon Serrailler novels from book 1 through to 7 and have absolutely loved getting to know all the main characters, its almost like they are real people the whole stories are so well written. Steven Pacey does a fantastic narrator's job bringing the whole text to life. Can highly recommend book 7 in the Serrailler series, definitely worth a listen as a stand alone crime novel or as a follow on from book 6 and all the other books in the series. I simply can not wait for audible to get in book 8 once its released now having just finished book 7 tonight, its definitely left me wanting more.
"The best Serrailler book yet!"
Great intricate story line. If you haven't started the Serrailler series yet leave this to the end as it adds more to the series. Excellent narration.
"Just keeps getting better"
Susan Hill manages as few authors do to keep her characters fresh and the stories riviting.
"A very satisfying continuation of the series"
I've followed all the books in this series featuring the thoughtful and aloof detective Simon Serrailler and am glad to say that his latest book is excellent. A satisfyingly complex detective story enhanced by the well-rounded characters whose lives thread through all the books. I think one gets more from the series if read in chronological order for, although their back-stories are eluded to in this book, one gets a greater sense of the evolving lives of the characters who populate all the books. The reader is first class
I have read all these Simon Serrailller books - fantastic with such good narration. Wouldnt want to live in Lafferton, too dangerous!!!
"Another brilliant novel from Susan Hill"
I have listened to all the previous books in the Simon Serrailler series and, thanks to Stephen Pacey's superb narration, feel I know all the characters intimately. I am transported into the world of Lafferton; choirs, village fetes, hospices and the murky underworld of the heavily "disguised" criminal. Book 7 does not disappoint - it is as powerful and well-written as all the other novels in the series. I can't wait for the next one which I hope will come soon!
Another brilliant Serrailler story from Susan Hill that I really couldn't stop listening to. What I love about this series is the mixture of characteristion that is sometimes reminiscent of PD James and the familiarity of the lives of the extended Serrailler family. Steven Pacey has the perfect voice for this series too. If you have never listened to this series start with Book 1 - I'm envious of all you've got to look forward to !
"Susan Hill: a question of identity"
I always enjoy the Simon Serrailler books.As always, there is an excellent plot, interesting characters and excellent narration.
"A gripping thriller"
I had never read anything by Susan Hill so this was an experiment - and a very successful one. She writes in a gripping way and keeps you guessing throughout as to who is the 'baddie'. Also nothing ever seems too far fetched. It could all happen in our own town.
I found it an excellent audiobook and it certainly helped me through several long journeys and many boring computer tasks.
I thoroughly recommend this story if you like crime and being kept guessing throughout.
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