The Various Haunts Of Men

Paperback | February 1, 2010

bySusan Hill

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A lonely woman of fifty-three vanishes in fog; a fat twenty-two-year-old never returns from an early morning walk . . .

Experienced policemen know that most missing persons either turn up or go missing on purpose. But fresh young D.S. Freya Graffham won’t drop it — until she discovers what links the people who disappear on “The Hill,” young and old, men and women, even a little dog. Susan Hill writes with compassion, humour and a unique understanding of the details of daily life.


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A lonely woman of fifty-three vanishes in fog; a fat twenty-two-year-old never returns from an early morning walk . . .Experienced policemen know that most missing persons either turn up or go missing on purpose. But fresh young D.S. Freya Graffham won’t drop it — until she discovers what links the people who disappear on “The Hill,” y...

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1. Would you describe The Various Haunts of Men as a thriller, a mystery, a literary novel or some other genre? In what ways does this book use or confound the expectations of the crime genre?2. How does the author build up a sense of the community and setting of Lafferton? How does this sense of place affect the crime plot? What are t...

Susan Hill has won both the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as well as winning a Smarties prize for one of her children's books. Her most recent publications are the much-praised collection of short stories The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the bestselling crime novels, The V...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.4 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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1. Would you describe The Various Haunts of Men as a thriller, a mystery, a literary novel or some other genre? In what ways does this book use or confound the expectations of the crime genre?2. How does the author build up a sense of the community and setting of Lafferton? How does this sense of place affect the crime plot? What are the roles of the other characters in the novel?3. Discuss the character of Cat in detail. What do you think she contributes to the novel?4. Consider the role of morality in The Various Haunts of Men. Look in particular at the religious and ethical beliefs of the different characters. Discuss the theme of belief in the novel.5. Who is the hero of The Various Haunts of Men?6. Discuss how the value of life is explored in the book.7. Consider the structure of the novel. Look at how the author moves the focus of the story across the various characters — what do you think this achieves? Look particularly at how the passages narrated by the murderer are differentiated from the rest of the book. Which characters do you feel you know best by the end of the book?