The Betrayal of Trust

Publisher: Vintage Canada
"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning."
—Ruth Rendell

A cold case comes back to life in this sixth book in the highly successful Simon Serrailler detective series "eagerly awaited by all aficionados" (P.D. James). Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Lafferton is under water and a landslide on the Moor has closed the bypass. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave--and a skeleton--are exposed; 20 years on, the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. The case is re-opened and Simon Serrailler is called in as senior investigating officer. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night. She was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, Sir John Lowther. Joanne's mother, unable to cope, killed herself 2 years after Joanne disappeared. Cold cases are always tough, and in this latest in the acclaimed series from Susan Hill, Serrailler is forced to confront a frustrating, distressing and complex situation.

From the Hardcover edition.


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“Passionate and thematically provocative, it’s much more than a traditional police procedural.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“The sixth book in the superb Simon Serrailler series is the best so far and that makes it a standout. If we’re looking for writers to join P. D. James and Ruth Rendell in the pantheon of Britain’s best, Hill is definitely on the list. She has plot, character, setting and mood in perfect position: The Betrayal of Trust shows just what she can do with all of them.”
—Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“Beautifully written.... It has the ring of truth on every page.... Touching, entirely believable.”
The Washington Post
“A satisfying crime story as well as 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.”
The Guardian
“Compelling.... Fans and newcomers to Hill’s series will appreciate the characters’ deep humanity.”
Kirkus Reviews