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I was really anticipating listening to this book because although I’ve heard radio adaptations of some of Susan Hill’s stories, I had never read a novel. She is highly acclaimed, and this novel seemed right down my alley. I also really enjoy Steven Pacey as a narrator. I did read in some reviews that Hill goes off on a few tangents, but I’m usually tolerant of some digressions, so I went ahead and bought this one. That was a mistake. I wanted a MYSTERY, but this novel doesn’t even introduce the crime until about one-third through. Further, Simon Serailler, the supposed main character is out of the picture for a good portion of the story. Especially irritating were the prolonged discussions of church politics. The book is well-written and engaging for what it actually is, and Pacey does an excellent job; I did listen to it. It is, however, NOT primarily a mystery. Because I did like the characters and Hill is a good writer, I will probably try another novel in this series, but this one was a bit of a dud.
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Overall, it is a 3.5 star book. Steven Pacey as usual did a great job and due because of his work i was able to complete the book.
It is a slow pedestrian book. Book does focus mostly on the life of victims and does not discuss much of the methods or the motivations of the killer. So, the books turned into about baby sitting problems when folks going out to work, weather is very cold outside and other dangers of working on the street.
Most of all book was predictable that a reader is not going to be surprised when the killer comes forth.
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