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The sixth book in the highly successful Simon Serrailler detective series 'eagerly awaited by all aficianados' (P.D. James)

Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Lafferton is underwater and there is a landslip on the Moor... when the rain drains away the grave of a girl who went missing fifteenyears before is uncovered, and Simon Serailler is called in to investigate...


A page-turner


Hugely enjoyable

Daily Mail

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, Daily Mirror

Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence

Hannah McGill, Scotland on Sunday

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

A crime series that specialises in sidestepping conventions, always to exhilarating effect... These books succeed in harnessing all the genre's addictive power while maintaining a complexity and fascination entirely their own


Susan Hill's Serrailler novels are a real treat

Daily Express

An excellent next instalment and an absorbing novel

Literary Review

Susan Hill is to be congratulated on her tour de force: a novel rather more serious than a superior page-turner, though it is that as well. All us all, a highly commendable performance, thoughtful, uncomfortable, and worthy of our undivided attention

Anita Brookner, Spectator

What one is aware of throughout is Hill's keen intelligence, the range of her sympathy and her depth of moral concern...reading these novels which combine good plots with well-drawn characters and intelligent probing of the way we live now, is so enriching

Allan Massie, Scotsman

It is when Hill descends to write about mere mortals...that one remembers she is among our finest novelists


Beautifully drawn characters


Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning

Ruth Rendell

A well-crafted crime novel… Hill writes so clearly, and the plot is so well put together, that you can't help gobbling it up

Independent on Sunday

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    December 3, 2012


    480 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook


    October 6, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    496 pages

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