Susan Hillthe Man Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awardsreturns with a hair-raising new novel, the ninth book in one of the most acclaimed mystery series of our time. Featuring the enigmatic and brooding chief police inspector Simon Serrailler, this intricate and pulse-pounding series follows a collection of grisly crimes plaguing the city of Laffertonand The Comforts of Home is the most chilling and unputdownable installment yet.In this gripping new thriller, Simon, eager to be back at work after recovering from a near-fatal injury, takes on a cold-case review for the Lafferton police about a girl who disappeared some years before. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to changes of its own; namely his sister’s marriage to Chief Constable Kieron Bright. But when events take an unfavorable turn for the Chief Constable and an arsonist goes on a deadly rampage in Lafferton, Simon’s personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and devastating ways than ever before.In the tradition of the fabulous mysteries of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, The Comforts of Home is Susan Hill’s best work yeta heart-pounding new addition to a highly-applauded and “elegant” (The New York Times) series.
About the Author
Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread Book, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys Awards, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year, and have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The play adapted from her famous ghost novel, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989. She lives in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well worth the long wait for the latest in this fine series. If not read in order, a lot might not make sense to a new reader, and the growth and development in the characters would be lost. Once again I am left waiting for the next chapter in their lives. I hope the next volume won't take as long before hitting the bookshelf!
A surprise in finding a new mystery series that enlightens the reader makes the day seem happier. The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill transported me to a remote Scottish island and then back to a small English town. The story centers on Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, who has undergone a terrible physical altercation. Simon and his cast of family members: sister Cat, father Richard, nephew Sam, and brother-in-law Kieron, must overcome physical and mental obstacles as an arsonist and a killer wreak havoc on the community. A bereft mother forces the police to reopen the case of her missing daughter. Simon returns to work by attempting to solve this cold case. I like the characters but felt that many events were glossed over and not fully resolved, especially the theft at Richard’s French villa and his drive back to England. Maybe too many plots and not enough detail—Luke and Cat and the state of medical general practice in England. Oh well, this was not a textbook, but I felt too little explanation and too much dialogue.