A Question Of Identity

Paperback | July 2, 2013

bySusan Hill

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A cruel and strange murder confronts detective Simon Serrailler in the 7th novel in this highly successful crime series from international bestselling author Susan Hill.
 
Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly residents are moving in. They don't notice the figure in the shadows. Someone who doesn't mind the cold. Then, one snowy night, an old lady is murdered--dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team are aware of bizarre circumstances surrounding her death--but they keep some of these details secret, while they desperately search for a match. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature. The break comes when Simon's former sergeant, the ever cheerful Nathan Coates, tracks down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, no dental records. Nothing. Alan Keyes does not exist.
 
A Question of Identity introduces a new and chilling element into the Simon Serrailler series: it takes the reader inside the mind of a deranged killer. This is Susan Hill's most thrillingly imagined crime novel to date.

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A cruel and strange murder confronts detective Simon Serrailler in the 7th novel in this highly successful crime series from international bestselling author Susan Hill. Duchess of Cornwall Close: sheltered accommodation, a mix of bungalows and flats, newly built and not quite finished. Despite the bitterly cold weather, elderly reside...

Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys awards and been finalists for the Booker Prize. She is the author of over 40 books, including the 6 previous Serrailler crime novels. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, was recently made into a film star...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.8 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307363031

ISBN - 13:9780307363039

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simon and Family I feel I am related to Simon and his sister and her family. I sometimes find it annoying at the constant introduction of new characters who eventually fit in later but you wonder why did they appear at this point of the story. It is fun how Simon and family evolve, like a side soap to the who-dun-it.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just fantastic first 'discovered' Susan Hill about this time last year when I read The Betraul of Trust - the sixth in her Simon Serrailler Crime novels. I was really looking forward to her latest - A Question of Identity - and I wasn't disappointed! A Question of Identity opens with an italicized paragraph that hints at a dark mind and darker things to come....deliciously creepy. "It's like your brain's bursting. It doesn't happen all at once, it builds up. And then your brain's going to burst until you do something about it. You do it. You have to do it. Then it's all right again for a bit, 'til it starts again." The book opens with a murder trial from 2002 - three elderly women have been horrifically murdered in their homes, strangled with a piece of electrical cord. The verdict is not what was expected. Cut to present day and DCI Simon Serrailler, who works in Lafferton, an English town not far from London. And a new murder to investigate - an elderly woman has been killed in her home - strangled with a length of electrical cord........ What makes this series a stand out for me? Hill successfully combines a riveting and clever mystery with characters that I'm genuinely interested in. Both plot lines are done equally well. Those new to the series may have a wee bit of difficulty getting to know everyone at first, but will quickly become engrossed in their personal stories. Simon, his sister Cat and her family, the elder Serailler and his wife as well as the supporting cast from the station. Hill explores everyday life with a keen and discerning eye - sibling rivalry, depression, domestic abuse and more are all touched upon and examined realistically. Back to the crime - at the opening of every chapter we are privy to more and more of the killer's thoughts. His violence and madness is escalating. I was able to suss out who the killer was midway, but it certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book. Instead, it really heightened the tension. The crime is solved by the end, but the lives of Simon et al are far from settled - I can't wait to see what direction Hill takes in the next book. I love British procedurals and this author is one of the best. Truly, if you're looking for an intelligent mystery series, pick up Susan Hill.
Date published: 2013-01-14

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Praise for Susan Hill:"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction, but when one like Susan Hill does, the result is stunning." —Ruth Rendell "If we're looking for writers to join P. D. James and Ruth Rendell in the pantheon of Britain's best, Hill is definitely on the list." —The Globe and Mail "This is a crime series that specializes in side-stepping conventions, always to exhilarating effect.... The books succeed in harnessing all the genre's addictive power while maintaining a complexity and fascination all their own." —The Independent