The Soul of Discretion (2020)

The Soul of Discretion Susan Hill The Soul of Discretion The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic but in many ways it is just like any other place As part of the same rapidly changing world it shares the same hopes and fears and the same kinds of cr
  • Title: The Soul of Discretion
  • Author: Susan Hill
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  • Page: 400
  • Format: Audiobook
The Soul of Discretion Susan Hill The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclotThe cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him Meanwhile, Simon s sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS But an urgent call about her and Simon s father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home.To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads And Simon faces the fight of his life.
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  1. Paul Bryant

    I didn t even have time to mark this as currently reading because I read it so fast Which made me realise how some readers on GR can race through so many books per week, if they stick with a steady diet of genre fiction which has only the plainest vocabulary and deals in characters, scenes and plots we have encountered already a bajillion times in tv shows, movies and other genre fiction books So even though this was about busting open a hardcore paedophile ring it was easy reading One s eyes si [...]

  2. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT He went through the gate and stopped Later, he said that he would never forget the child s face until his dying day Later, he could not sleep because the face was in front of him Later, he was haunted during his waking hours by sudden flashbacks to the child s face as it looked up at him.It was a girl She was perhaps four years old She was filthy, she had smears of blood on her arms and legs Her long, fine, fair hair was matted to her scalp She was completely naked THE BLURB The cathedra [...]

  3. Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    This was my first of the Simon Serrailler series, and my first Susan Hill book ever I know right Have I been hiding under a rock or something Avid crime fan, somehow I missed this talented author No Whilst this was book eight in the series, for me, the newcomer it read totally fine as a stand alone book I didn t feel I missed out by not reading prior books in the series.I knew from the opening chapter I was going to like this book, first chapters are good indicators sometimes.From the outside, [...]

  4. Liz Barnsley

    I love the Simon Serrailler novels Always have done from the moment I picked up The Various Haunts of Men all those years ago, and fell in love with a character, his family and the place in which they reside, a town called Lafferton.Without doubt, whilst every single novel has been brilliant, this was the best one for me since the original the plot is poignant, scary, heart wrenching and horrific, with some extremely dark themes at the heart of it and a series of events that sends our well known [...]

  5. Jane

    Where I got the book audiobook on Audible Dear Ms Hill,When they say you should create great characters and then put them through the wringer THEY DIDN T MEAN IT LITERALLY.Sincerely, And thats all the spoilers you re going to get As with the previous book, Hill is able to rein in her love of subplots a little bit and stick to two main plotlines, one involving Simon Serrailler and the other involving his family, with a side order of Rachel being a boring doormat At one point I thought she Rachel [...]

  6. Cleo Bannister

    As I read the first few sentences I knew that this would be a book that I would enjoy with a style of writing invites the reader to care This is the eighth book in the Simon Serrailler series but if like me you ve missed a few, don t worry this can easily be read as a standalone.All is not going smoothly for Simon as he struggles to accommodate his latest girlfriend Rachel in his life and the tensions are growing between the two when everything changes when Simon is summoned to a top secret meet [...]

  7. Lady Fancifull

    Just when I thought the Serrailler series might be running out of steam.Susan Hill was a fabulous and thoughtful writer of complex and often dark psychology long before she embarked on the crime genreSo when, all those years ago, she joined the ranks of detective novel writers, with an on going cast of characters, to appear novel by novel, she was never going to abandon her initial writerly strengths and vision, and would instead bring these to her interpretation of the genre.She begins with a p [...]

  8. John Wiltshire

    Susan Hill is one of my favourite authors I was introduced to her not literally by an old headmaster who ran special tutorials for his English scholars, and he said to me that if I wanted to become a writer one day to study Susan Hill It s no coincidence one of her books, I m the King of the Castle, was chosen to be on the GCSE syllabus She does deserve study That simple, short novella is one of the most intense and horrific descriptions of childhood bullying I ve ever read but don t go into it [...]

  9. Sandra Danby

    Lafferton, England A naked child wanders down a street A woman is raped at a black tie Freemansons Dinner Detective Simon Serrailler is coming to terms with his girlfriend moving into his flat which now seems very small and confined, no longer his own private space His widowed sister is struggling for money and must decide what to do about it His stepmother is struggling to deal with the detective s increasingly irritable and irascible father Serrailler s girlfriend feels like the lodger in her [...]

  10. Kim

    I haven t read any of the Simon Serrailler series but will have to work through the back catalogue now These are JUST my sort of books.Serrailler is a Detective, whose girlfriend has just moved into his flat They are going through an adjustment phase she still feels like she s lodging and he s getting used to the reduction in space available.He is called into the Chief Constables office and told that he will be going undercover on a dangerous mission connected with child abuse and that he has to [...]

  11. Joan

    Started reading this last night Got up early to finish it and I have spent the rest of today trying to recover This is no easy book to read, or to forget I will not put any spoilers in, but suffice it to say this has to be one of the most disturbing yet at the same time, brilliantly written and heart breaking fiction books I have read in a long, long time.I was left feeling shaken and in some places close to tears by the depth of emotions, the superb insight into peoples minds and the sheer brut [...]

  12. Beth

    Fair warningI have a lot to say about this one My friend Emily, who is a regular contributor to , said in a recent review that she uses the word love a lot Well, of course she does it s what we bibliophiles do We love our books, our authors, their stories and series, the characters So, unapologetically, I ll channel Emily and say I love Susan Hill, I love this series, and I loved this book I m not sure I love Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler I m smitten, perhaps He s handsome, brave, heroic [...]

  13. Mike Gabor

    When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.Meanwhile, Simon s sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS But an urgent call about her and Simon s [...]

  14. Susan

    It is my custom to listen to, rather than read these novels, and this, the most recent of the Serraillier series was no exception Ms Hill is of course a prolific and successful writer, though I do not generally find her prose style engaging What I do find is that without exception her novels adapt well to audiobook narration and the narrator of these novels, Steven Pacey, is quite exceptional adding a depth to both the story telling and the characters that a conventional reading experience would [...]

  15. Damaskcat

    Simon Serrailler is asked to take on the most dangerous and difficult job of his career Naturally he has mixed feelings about it but his overwhelming feeling is that the job must be done His family sister Cat and her children and his father, Richard and stepmother Judith are used to him being incommunicado from time to time but for Rachel, his partner, it is difficult to deal with She isn t finding it easy living with Simon.While Simon is preparing for his new undercover existence there is a rap [...]

  16. Laura

    Wow So dark So very, very dark Not just the Simon main story but Richard s side story it did make me wonder why we needed both in one volume and dropped this to a 4.5 Hill frequently goes there with darkness, yet this felt a little than usual Richard s part felt a little forced, despite our seeing him increasingly as a bully and potentially an abuser.So the main story Disturbing to say the least Simon enters the world of child pornography, and while we don t see anything, his reactions to what [...]

  17. Ginni

    I do enjoy this series so much after reading the first few in a rush, it s good now to have to wait until a new one is publishede main strand of the novel concerns Simon Serrailler s involvement in the darkest form of crime he has yet encountered he is asked to infiltrate and hopefully aid the destruction of a paedophile ring Simon s agreement to help with this case puts his new relationship with Rachel in jeopardy His sister Cat, a GP bringing up her three children single handed, is for me the [...]

  18. Julie

    To my mind, she is one of the best British crime novelists, and that s a competitive field The Serrailler novels are complex character studies The relationship between Cat and Simon is committed and intense two smart, strong willed, independent siblings who share a deep understanding and mainly have only each other on whom to depend Hill does devastating things to her characters and that s the essence of great fiction putting people in complicated situations that test their strength, endurance, [...]

  19. Elizabeth (Merely Reading)

    I think this one has been the best of the series so far I m still reeling from the shocking storylines Hope Susan Hill doesn t take too long to write the next one I have to know what happens to Simon now so much still left up in the air.

  20. Chris Stanley

    Simon Serrailler goes undercover to shake out names in a dangerous and powerful paedophile ring You know from early on, things are not going to go well, but oh my, what a plot, plus some excellent sub plots Please write in this series, and soon.

  21. Colin Mitchell

    An undercover operation runs into problems Simon s dad Richard turns into of a bully that before and Dr Cat is still running around after everyone Lafferton and its people are even dysfunctional than before.At least this went at a good pace and the characters are realistic enough The themes of child abuse, paedophilia and domestic violence are topical and a very serious subject unfortunately the slippery customers have a habit of avoiding retribution Currently the last in the series and probab [...]

  22. Melissa

    4.5 starsI love and admire the Simon Serrailler series for the level of detail and Hill s way of telling stories not about one person or one case, but a larger family and in a way, an entire town I was afraid the series was losing steam it s set in a very small village, so you can only have so many plausible murders serial killers but I was pleasantly surprised to find this book one of the best yet I don t usually summarize much plot in these reviews, but I m about to spoil a bit of the setup wh [...]

  23. Tracey Walsh

    Two crime fiction books have unexpectedly made me cry recently both in the Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill, including this one When one day DCS Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton s new Chief Constable He is asked to take the principal role in a difficult, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyoneMeanwhile, Simon s sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work, as Lafferton s hospice closes its bedded units and at home, as he [...]

  24. Carrie

    I am very happy to say that the 8th installment in the Serrailler series was strong I had some concerns about the series after reading the 7th, but Hill captivated once again in The Soul of Discretion This book contained some very difficult subject matter that I credit Hill with tackling It seems she frequently incorporates social issues in her series that are highly controversial The main subject of this novel is sexual and physical abuse of children and whether reform of sexual deviates is pos [...]

  25. Sameera77

    For some time I d been struggling with reading on this series, but this book made me finally give up on it Susan Hill can be both a brilliant writer and the most annoying series creator Her writing is very evocative and descriptive she doesn t shy away from killing off major characters and touching upon difficult issues like euthanasia, hospices, cutbacks in medical care, domestic violence, and child abuse Unfortunately, there are often instances of continuity problems between the books, editori [...]

  26. Kirsty

    I ve read all the Serrailler novels and this was the most disappointing I couldn t believe that an officer without experience of infiltrating criminals and criminal gangs would be placed in such a precarious position Hill had Serrailler gain the trust of a child abuser so quick that I thought I had missed some scenes entirely What should have been the main storyline was, for me, completely overshadowed by two story arcs that took away a lot from what could have been a very powerful novel dealing [...]

  27. Kristi Lamont

    This book was extremely well written, but it was just too dark for me Also, and I hope I articulate this correctly I find myself and thinking that fictional treatment of child pornography somehow trivializes what is a an incredibly serious and widespread evil in this world At times it can almost border on being a sort of pornography itself This book, thankfully, did not cross what for me is that particular line And maybe it will serve as a wake up call to some people about many harsh truths a [...]

  28. Nann

    This is the first of this series that I ve read It s an ARC that I got at ALA Midwinter I will go back and look up the others

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