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  1. Sue Sue says:

    Well I didn t realize that this series could top itself, but it has with The Soul of Discretion The level of tension, the intensity of action and feeling in all the story lines was maintained at a consistently high level throughout the novel, throughout all of the relationships In the primary story, Simon goes off the grid in an undercover op for the police, in an attempt to find usable information to undermine a pedophile ring While missing Simon s presence, his sister Cat continues trying Well I didn t realize that this series could top itself, but it has with The Soul of Discretion The level of tension, the intensity of action and feeling in all the story lines was maintained at a consistently high level throughout the novel, throughout all of the relationships In the primary story, Simon goes off the grid in an undercover op for the police, in an attempt to find usable information to undermine a pedophile ring While missing Simon s presence, his sister Cat continues trying to decide what is the best future course for her for work, both for financial security but perhapsfor happiness Meanwhile, Rachel has moved in with Simon, but what next And Richard and Judith All is not quiet in their marriage and the future is uncertain.There are many sections of the book that I liked, but I particularly appreciated a conversation Cat has with a dying woman who she is referring to hospice services at home They discuss the difficulty of talking about dying, how so many people, even close family, avoid this talk, refuse it up to the end, thereby missing some important sharing and truths They also talk about beliefsDo you believe in anything, Doctor sorry, Cat Yes It s often very hard but I do think my Christian faith has sustained me through an awful lot and it still does What if it isn t true I ve got to this position, Elainethat if you try to follow the essential teaching then that s got to be a good way to live, and besides, I love the Church of England I love the services and the language and the music and the prayers And I decided to go on loving them and believing because of the way I m sustained by it all and if I m wrong, well, I shan t know anyway None of us will But meanwhile, it s given a point and a purpose to life and made it better It s religion twisted by men to back up their own desires which has caused so much harm, don t you thinkpp 229 230 I like this section for multiple reasons Firstly I appreciate the sentiment In the second place, this piece is just one section of one chapter devoted to a secondary character and her work with a patient I am impressed with the level of attention and depth Hill gives to all of her characters, even those who are on stage for the shortest time Of course Cat is not a minor character, being Simon s sister, but Hill provides levels of motivation, feeling, etc to all but the most minor of presences in the story Third, the conversation feels like one that could happen between patient and caregiver, especially as death approaches and patients feel a need for knowledge and honesty.All in all, I found this to be a very strong, well written novel and I am definitely awaiting the follow up book scheduled for release this fall I recommend the entire series and suggest beginning with the first in the series


  2. Brenda Brenda says:

    I m still loving Susan Hill s books The story in this one is based on several sensitive subjects rape, sexual abuse of children, snuff films Might also include death and dying All delicately handled, though, I thought.I m eager for the next book and will read it soon.


  3. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    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 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 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.MY THOUGHTS OMG This is the most compelling, gut wrenching book I have read by this author Over the previous seven books in the Simon Serrailler series Susan Hill, while holding me spellbound with her writing and storytelling skills, has lulled me almost into a sense of complacency, of security Then she goes and turns everything upside down and gives it a shake for good measure I am almost speechless I never saw any of this coming I read The Soul of Discretion in one sitting And now, the next morning, I am still shell shocked Still reeling I have only onething to say Susan Hill, I hope you are already hard at work on book 9 You can t leave Simon there bright, bouncy, shining stars for The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com


  4. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    3.5 rounded up Whenever I need a fast paced mystery police procedural type of novel, this Simon Serrailer series fits the bill nicely A little formulaic at this point set up, catch up from last installment, build up, denouement , no wrap up because each book just leads us straight into the next, with lots of dangling ends to carry forward I actually like having those loose ends, because it s muchrealistic What I love most about these novels though is the character development Simon, 3.5 rounded up Whenever I need a fast paced mystery police procedural type of novel, this Simon Serrailer series fits the bill nicely A little formulaic at this point set up, catch up from last installment, build up, denouement , no wrap up because each book just leads us straight into the next, with lots of dangling ends to carry forward I actually like having those loose ends, because it s muchrealistic What I love most about these novels though is the character development Simon, his sister Cat, his father and step mother, Richard and Judith, even all the peripheral characters in the town of Lafferton everyone changes and grows Not always for the better, either One thing you have to say about Susan Hill, she s not afraid to do terrible things to her star players.I had thought this was the last of this series, but now I see that 9 will be published in October And of course, this one ended with a major cliffhanger


  5. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    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 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 simply melted through each page, one did AND THEN AND THEN AND THENPlot it hardly exists in proper grown up literature Theplotty a book is, the further it is from real literature E.g anything by Thomas Bernhard, Underworld, Ulysses, The Sound and the Fury, Proust, Sentimental Education all stone cold 500 carat literature a littleplotty Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Jonathan Franzen, still literature but only 50 carat then totally plotty genre fiction not literature Then you get the 15 tentacled giant squid beasts that are TV soap operas, the plottiest things ever, and the trashiest So you see how this thing goes For example Can I Come Over Tonight by The Velours 1962 Even though the story could only go one or two ways at each twist, and even though each of these ways would have been unrelated to any form of originality, still, I kept glomming though this book Glom, glom, read, read But I do understand the pleasures of genre, being a fan of doo wop music, the American pop harmony groups which flourished between 1956 and 1962 They only ever used four chords, their lyrics and tunes were interchangeable, at 1 minute 15 seconds there was always a saxophone break never guitar , and there were only ever four varieties of doo wop fast, slow, black and Italian American I imagine fans of detective thrillers have the same kind of relationship, and love the similarity and the microtonal differences a great falsetto, a pyrotechnic hero gets beaten up scene Same kind of thing going on.NOTE ON ENGLISH ALCOHOLISMEvery other scene in this entire novel, apart from when they re in prison, features alcohol Susan Hill, you may not want to acknowledge this, but I think your book has a problem.Let us pick a random few pages The drinks cupboard was well stocked and the supper straightforward they cleared everything , plus a bottle and a half of burgundy p274The drink had gone to his head faster than usual p276Will held up a bottle of beer, smoking with cold from the fridge Gin and tonic Vodka p296Morson got up and refilled his own glass, handed Will a second bottle of beer without asking p297 Make yourself comfortable, Johnno What can I get you to drink The vodka bottle came up from the fridge P300A soft knock on his door Brought you a beer P308 Want me to slip down and get you a Scotch to chase the beer p310 I m in need of a drink Can I get you a glass of wine or a beer p 323And on and on and on.Don t bother to get up I can see myself out Oops Never mind, I m okay


  6. Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Maxine (Booklover Catlady) says:

    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 NoWhilst 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 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 NoWhilst 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, the cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it just like any other place It suffers from the same kinds of crime, is subject to the same pressures from a rapidly changing world, has the same hopes and fears 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, Kieran Bright, he is met by two plainclothes officers He is asked to take the principal role in a difficult, 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.This book has so much going for it A clever, tight plot that continues to throw up surprises Exceptional characters, flawed and interesting Story lines that work well in tandem then flow together into one brilliantly executed finale, like two rivers flowing into the great big blue ocean The book tackles some dark elements, some very real and disturbing crimes are committed and the focus of this book Child pornography, child sex crimes, child killings Not nice stuff I seriously take my hat off to the men and women that work in this department of child sex crimes in any police force around the world, the images, the horrific things they see would send anyone around the bend with madness from the sheer evil of it all Pretty soon DC Simon Serrailler is asked to get closer to this evil than he ever imagined he would He is to play a key role in bringing evil men to justice, to see their day in court and pay the ultimate price for their crimes I loved the way his role was played out in the story line for this book, very interesting reading Can he play his role in cracking open secret networks of criminals What scan he do it without rocking anyone s boat and alerting them he is on the case There is an interesting sub plot weaving through the novel at the same time as Simon is on his secret case Again, the plot tackles difficult subject matter, but is written so well, it had me, the reader also wanting to know the outcome of this story too Not your average crime novel by any means, I liked a lot of aspects of this book It flows and it sucks you in and makes you want to keep reading until the final outcome My only criticism if any, is that in the middle I felt it hit a bit of a lull period, but wasn t long before it picked up into first gear again Most crime fiction fans usually are hardened to most things in crime books, graphic scenes, kill methods, torture etc Thankfully, Susan Hill does not go into graphic detail around the child sex crimes, thank God, thank God, thank God as THAT is hard stuff to read, even for the hardened crime reader like me A brilliant novel, entertaining, intriguing and one to put on your to read list for sure I am going to be findingof this series to bury my crime lovers nose into in the very near future 4 stars from me I received an advance readers copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  7. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    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 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 characters into a place of shadows, and will leave you bewildered and overwhelmed Stunning in its emotional resonance, whilst often being very matter of fact, in a lot of ways with The Soul of Discretion Ms Hill has given the series a completely new lease of life and when I put this down my first thought was how in the HECK am I going to wait until the next one Which says it all.The writing really is sublime, especially when you think that most people would call this Crime Fiction I m not sure I would give it that label, even though there is always a crime and a mystery within the pages For me it is reallyof an ongoing family drama as we watch events unfold around Simon, Cat, Judith, Richard et al, sometimes life affirming, sometimes completely awful, but actually when taken overall pretty close to life There are ups, there are downs, good things happen, bad things happen, and throughout it all the characters we come to know and love cope with it all or don t the sideline that Simon is a Police Officer is really just an anchor around which to base things.That is not the say the Crime Mystery elements of the Serailler series are not the very best anchor to have every single time Ms Hill manages to comes up with an intelligent, emotive and intriguing storyline that adds to the series as a whole whilst allowing her characters to move on in life, with new experiences that always have resonance in the next novel as such, taken as a body of work, this is really really excellent.The depth of characterisation is sensational, the prose is gorgeous and flowing, bringing to life the story being told In the case of this particular instalment there are some truly breathtaking moments towards the end, as things came together, I was on the edge of my seat the author achieves a slow but sure build up then BAM, suddenly you are off on a race against time where you are honestly not sure if there will be a happy ending Clever and boy did I enjoy this one This is actually one series that I would highly recommend you read in order rather than dip in and out of, it is one of my collection series yes chronic impatience meant I devoured the story via netgalley but I will certainly be buying a physical version to accompany the others and one that in a few years, perhaps when it is done, I shall look forward to going back to and reading start to finish.Highly Recommended Especially as a series


  8. Cleopatra Pullen Cleopatra Pullen says:

    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 mee 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 meeting Simon is being sent off on an undercover mission to a secure unit that seeks to rehabilitate child abusers, a tough subject to cover but Susan Hill handles it incredibly well as she portrays these men as individuals but without sympathy and as the reader we are invited to watch their therapy sessions where they seek to rationalise their past behaviour with worthy words of how they are going to change, to become better men and live, either in prison, or out of it, cured of their habits.Meanwhile unknown to Simon, his father, Richard is becomingboorish and his wife Judith is assessing whether they can ever capture their earlier happiness Cat, Simon s sister is also having a hard time readjusting to life now the aims of the hospice have changed leaving her with less contact with patients so when a terminally ill patient in the Lafferton needs someone to listen she is glad to make a difference.Susan Hill s writing draws you into the story which is populated with a multitude of characters who feel so realistic I may not have liked many of those I met in this book but they were far from two dimensional characters and the writing flows so well so that even the subject matter of this book is extremely dark at no point did it feel too much This is partly because the awful acts are not described but rather happen off screen which allowed me to sympathise with the victims and decry the perpetrators without the awfulness perpetuated page after page.Simon s family provide a number of side plots, all with thought provoking issues which neatly dovetail into the main plot Susan Hill cleverly uses these sub plots to keep the reader s interest and move the story along at a good pace throughout cleverly building the tension before a heart stopping finale which had me racing through the pages at the end of the book Reading this book has convinced me to go back and read those I have missed in the intervening years as I have been missing out on an excellent series.I d like to thank the publishers Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for giving me a copy of this book to read in return for this honest review


  9. Jane Jane says:

    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 R 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 was going to start being interesting, but I should have known better I did find it hilarious that Simon can t cope with Rachel changing the look of his flat, being territorial to the point of paranoia myself Oh, and then there s another little bunny trail involving Cat and, yet again, dying people Which is kind of interesting in its way, but then again it isn t, or it belongs in a different book Has Hill written a book set in a hospice Because given the last three or four Serrailler books, I feel like this is an area she really likes exploring How about a murder mystery set in a hospice Where somebody dies JUST a little too soon wrap in a will that exists in three or four versions la Dorothy L Sayers and you ve got a winner there Oh, and make it Victorian did the Victorians have hospices I must investigate so they can make another Woman In Black type movie And while you re at it, persuade Rupert Penry Jones to play Simon in a TV series, and ensure he has to take his shirt off in every episode.But I digress yow All of the storylines except the dying one are linked by this novel s theme, which is sex crimes Simon goes undercover to trap a ring of pedophiles meanwhile a rape takes place all too close to home Hill stops short at getting into the nastiest details of the child abuse, although there s enough there that I started to feel a bit overwhelmed and depressed at a certain point, so I was glad the plot took a different turn She does a good job describing the effects of the rape on the victim s life and the difficulty she has in convincing people that she wasn t making it up one thing Hill does very well is to make you think about the impact crime has on the lives of the people around both the victims and the perpetrators In fact, I was a bit disappointed she didn t work in something about the long term effects of child abuse on the victims, but perhaps she s saving that for another day.Hill certainly had my attention from pretty much the first few minutes till the end of the book, which was narrated with Steven Pacey s usual flair although he does NOT do a convincing West Indian accent, quite apart from the fact the character in question would probably be third generation English She s set up a very hard act to follow for the next book, not to mention taking some of the characters in some quite startling directions Two things I wished she hadn t done stepping the POV back a bit at a couple of points, which took me out of Simon s head and into the narrator s What he had experienced was going to give him nightmares for the rest of his life kind of thing and having another character with total baldness caused by alopecia Hill seems to equate baldness with badness, which I find slightly odd.C mon, TV show guys, what are you waiting for There was talk of a TV series a while back, but so far nothing


  10. John Wiltshire John Wiltshire says:

    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,


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The Soul of Discretion ❰Reading❯ ➾ The Soul of Discretion Author Susan Hill – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many The Soul eBook Ú 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 homeTo 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.

    The Soul of Discretion PDF/EPUB ´ The Soul eBook 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 homeTo 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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About the Author: Susan Hill

Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in The Soul eBook Ú Her hometown was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better and some short stories especially Cockles and MusselsShe attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature Her family left Scarborough in and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factories Hill states that she attended a girls grammar school, Barr s Hill Her fellow pupils included Jennifer Page, the first Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome At Barrs Hill she took A levels in English, French, History and Latin, proceeding to an English degree at King s College London By this time she had already written her first novel, The Enclosure which was published by Hutchinson in her first year at university The novel was criticised by The Daily Mail for its sexual content, with the suggestion that writing in this style was unsuitable for a schoolgirlHer next novel Gentleman and Ladies was published in This was followed in quick succession by A Change for the Better, I m the King of the Castle, The Albatross and other stories, Strange Meeting, The Bird of Night, A Bit of Singing and Dancing and In the Springtime of Year, all written and published between and In she married Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells and they moved to Stratford upon Avon Their first daughter, Jessica, was born in and their second daughter, Clemency, was born in Hill has recently founded her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, which has published one work of fiction per year Librarian s Note There isthan one author by this name.