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  • Published: 2 November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099499299
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

The Vows of Silence

Simon Serrailler Book 4

The fourth in the series of bestselling crime novels featuring Simon Serrailler, now a Detective Chief Superintendent.

In the peaceful cathedral city of Lafferton, a gunman is terrorising young women. What – if anything – links the attacks? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun or do the police have two snipers on their hands?

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler is in charge of the case, but he is also struggling to deal with a tragedy at the heart of his own family. Two forthcoming events – a local fair and the high-profile cathedral wedding of the Lord Lieutenant’s daughter – only add to the pressure…

  • Pub date: 2 November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099499299
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • 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 the 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 Vows of Silence

“Susan Hill's crime novels are getting better and better... The main plot is straightforward enough - who is the killer and will he be caught? - but the narrative is so streamlined and effective that it races beautifully along until it smacks against the buffers of an unexpected but entirely convincing ending”


“I stayed up gone two in the morning and by the end there were tears in my eyes”

Tony Clements, Daily Telegraph

“Delicious agony...The suspense-building techniques of Alfred Hitchcock have long been locked into Susan Hill's literary apparatus and they are given full rein here”

Daily Express

“All the ingredients for the perfect crime novel are here, but the added value comes from Hill's distinctive and human psychological insights.”

Carla McKay, The Daily Mail

“A triumph: cunningly plotted, shrewdly characterised. Hill has an understanding of evil that is both acute and disconcerting.”

Philip Oakes, Literary Review

“As always, Hill creates a marvellous cast of characters with absorbing contemporary concerns... This is crime reading for those who relish a perceptive take on human nature as much as finding out whodunit”

Daily Mail

“The psychology and pace of the whole - and the quality of the writing - are utterly absorbing.”

Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life

“Masterly story telling from an accomplished writer”

The Good Book Guide

“It's a wonder it hasn't been snapped up for telly”

Scotland on Sunday

“A captivating read”

Mary Fitzgerald, Observer

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