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  • Published: 3 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099499343
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

The Betrayal of Trust

Simon Serrailler Book 6

The sixth Simon Serrailler Case

Heavy rain falls on Lafferton. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed.It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago.But a cold case isn't a priority: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone.

  • Published: 3 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099499343
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Susan Hill

Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and a Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London’s West End since 1988. She has two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.


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Praise for The Betrayal of Trust

A page-turner


Hugely enjoyable

Daily Mail

Hugely enjoyable... This is a satisfying crime story and a fearless examination of controversial issues surrounding terminal illness

Daily Mail

The Betrayal of Trust isn't only a page-turner - though it certainly fulfils that expectation - it's also a thought-provoking novel about those who suffer and those who care for them

Laura Wilson, Guardian

Hill can't write a bad sentence and her characters are all completely convincing - no more so than her long-serving detective Simon Serrailler

Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence

Hannah McGill, Scotland on Sunday

Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable

Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life

A crime series that specialises in sidestepping conventions, always to exhilarating effect... These books succeed in harnessing all the genre's addictive power while maintaining a complexity and fascination entirely their own


Susan Hill's Serrailler novels are a real treat

Daily Express

An excellent next instalment and an absorbing novel

Literary Review

Susan Hill is to be congratulated on her tour de force: a novel rather more serious than a superior page-turner, though it is that as well. All us all, a highly commendable performance, thoughtful, uncomfortable, and worthy of our undivided attention

Anita Brookner, Spectator

What one is aware of throughout is Hill's keen intelligence, the range of her sympathy and her depth of moral concern...reading these novels which combine good plots with well-drawn characters and intelligent probing of the way we live now, is so enriching

Allan Massie, Scotsman

It is when Hill descends to write about mere mortals...that one remembers she is among our finest novelists


Beautifully drawn characters


Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning

Ruth Rendell

A well-crafted crime novel… Hill writes so clearly, and the plot is so well put together, that you can't help gobbling it up

Independent on Sunday

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