Thursday, May 7, 2009
All Caught Up
I began reading Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler crime series late last year and having finished the fourth book The Vows of Silence this week, I'm all caught up. I've written about Hill's books here, here and here. I've come to realize that this series isn't for everyone, which is apparent from the Amazon reviews. Simon himself is not the most likable character, and in fact it often feels as though he isn't the primary character. Despite this series being marketed as a crime series, in actuality the books have a pretty domestic feel to them, the major characters have story lines that carry throughout the books and there are a lot of secondary story lines. The murder/crime portion of these books is unique in that we generally get to know the victims at least a little bit before their demise which makes me feel rather worse about their deaths. Whenever Hill introduces a new character within the text, my first thought is always 'I guess he/she is next' and I'm usually right. All this to say, that while I really enjoy this series I recommend it with caution.
In this fourth installment Simon and the rest of the police force are trying to catch a skilled marksman who is smart and sure of himself. He targets brides or the newly married or engaged in particular. Other story lines involve the adjacent characters, Simon's sister Cat plays a large role in this book among other characters whose stories I won't reveal for fear of spoiling earlier books. A young female priest Jane who Simon may or may not be interested in returned briefly, leaving possibilities open.
I enjoyed this book very much, I haven't read many series books as an adult but I'm finding that they're really comforting - aside from the murder component - in that I can just fall into them and enjoy the ride with characters I already know. The fifth book in this series is coming, apparently, later in 2009 - I hope! I already cannot wait and will be ordering it from The Book Depository. The first three books are available in the US currently.
Inquiring minds want to know - Do you read series books?