December 11, 2009

Book Review: The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , at 9:23 am by The Word Jar

The Risk of Darkness is the chilling third book in Susan Hill’s Detective Simon Serrailler crime series. Beginning with The Various Haunts of Men and continuing with The Pure in Heart, Hill’s series introduced readers to the charming English town of Lafferton and its citizens. The Risk of Darkness continues the story line of The Pure in Heart, with Detective Serrailler finally hunting down an elusive serial child abductor.

Continuing the successful execution of the first two books, Hill interweaves many different plotlines and masterfully commands them all in The Risk of Darkness. In addition to dealing with the frustratingly reticent child abductor, Detective Serrailler’s case load increases when a grieving widower seeks solace by holding hostage the young female priest trying to help him. Detective Serrailler must also once again balance his work life with his private life. In The Risk of Darkness, he faces the prospect of both his on-again, off-again girlfriend and his sister, who is a beloved local doctor and his main support system, leaving his life.

As with The Various Haunts of Men and The Pure in Heart, the well-written characters and the town of Lafferton itself help the story come alive. In The Risk of Darkness, Susan Hill has crafted another well-paced, multilayered psychological thriller that shouldn’t be missed by fans of the series.

(Review copy source: Overlook Press via LibraryThing)

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