Author(s): Susan Hill
Heavy rain falls on Lafferton, flooding the cathedral town and causing a landslip out on the moors. 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 for a police force already struggling with staff shortages and cuts: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone. Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for funding to prevent the closure of the local hospice that offers respite to so many of her patients.
A cold case comes back to life in the latest installment in the highly successful Simon Serrailler detective series by the acclaimed author of The Woman in Black
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 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 Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence -- Hannah McGill Scotland on Sunday 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 Mirror 20111018
Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is the author of over fifty books, including the five previous Serrailler crime novels, The Various Haunts of Men, The Pure in Heart, The Risk of Darkness, The Vows of Silence and The Shadows in the Street. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it has also recently been made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King's College London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar, Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.