Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Soul of Discretion

Finished July 23
The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill

This is part of the series featuring DCS Simon Serrailler. I love this series and the characters. Simon is with the Lafferton police and the odd man out in his family, where everyone else is a doctor. His sister Cat is also one of his best friends, and she is going through a bad time since the hospice she works at changed to a day unit. She is trying to determine what to do next, and has a couple of options open to her. But as a single parent after the death of her husband, money is a consideration.
Simon has allowed Rachel to move in with him, but he is still holding back in their relationship, and when he gets asked to go undercover to try to get more information on a pedophile ring, he agrees quickly. It is a difficult assignment, exposing him to images and descriptions of crimes that are beyond what he could have imagined. His father, now retired, seems to be having issues as well. Things aren't going well between him and his second wife, Judith, and he is impatient and quick to anger. When he takes an action that is beyond acceptable, events are set in motion that will change his life further.
We see different points of view here: Simon's, Cat's, Rachel's and others, all of them making difficult decisions, struggling with figuring out what the right thing to do is. These are competent men and women, but facing questions that are life-changing.
Simon's new boss Kieron Bright is a new character, and a likeable one. I hope to see more of him in future novels. I also like the new plot involving Cat's son Sam, who is thinking about his future.
This is a great read, but I expected that going in.

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