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The Benefit of Hindsight: A Simon Serrailler Case (edição: 2021)

de Susan Hill (Autor)

Séries: Simon Serrailler (10)

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In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must engage with his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the sanctity of hearth and home. On the face of it DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of the medieval angels which are being restored. Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgement in the investigation puts Simon's reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been. In her new role as a private GP, Simon's sister Cat's medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women. Simon and Cat's unreliable father, Richard, has returned to live nearby, in a luxury apartment for the well-heeled over 60s. He's soon up to his usual tricks. In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must battle his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the very sanctity of hearth and home.… (mais)
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Título:The Benefit of Hindsight: A Simon Serrailler Case
Autores:Susan Hill (Autor)
Informação:Harry N. Abrams (2021), 336 pages
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Another good volume in this great series, though I confess I was confused about some of the subplots, which I hope will resolve themselves in future installments. ( )
  JBD1 | Apr 11, 2021 |
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I am so annoyed at myself. So I like most of Susan Hill books so I saw this on NetGalley and went gimme without realizing this is part of a series. I really wish that NetGalley would let you send books back. Totally my fault, and for now on I am going to cross-reference books on Goodreads to just check for things like that. That all said, I can't really help here at all. Since this is book # 10 I was totally confused about past events and who was what and why things were important. I loved the cover though! Seriously though this dragged for me at times and I found myself rushing through it.

"The Benefit of Hindsight" follows DCS Serrailler after he has has returned to work after losing one of his arms. With crime rates down, Lafferton has been quiet, until one night when two men open their front door to a distressing scene. Serrailler makes a serious error of judgment when handling the incident, and the stress of this, combined with the ongoing trauma of losing his arm, takes its toll.

So Serrailler seems like an okay character. I don't know what to say here since this is the first book starring him I have read. All of the characters seem fine and have past and current connections. I did like that Serrailler messes up and the book follows through on the theme on in hindsight what could he have done better.

I did like the writing and thought the flow was fine. I just was not engaged since I came into this series at book #10 and did not care about the characters in the same way I would have if I started off with book #1. Because of this, I am going to go back and read this series and will update this review after I finish books #1-9. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
SPOILERS

This was a good read, although it ended with everything completely unresolved. I had spent the entire novel waiting for Cat's sub-plot to be folded into the main story and for the main story to develop into something more interesting than a burglary gone wrong, but neither of these things occurred.

The Cat sub-plot, involving her patient Carrie (and I'm still finding the whole private GP practice thing morally unacceptable) was strange and disturbing, almost Gothic at times, and didn't really fit with the tone of the novel as a whole. There were other mini plot strands which seemed as if they were going to be significant, but then went nowhere - why did we hear so much about the trip Declan, Pauline, and her husband took to Norfolk? what about the retired health visitor Cat consulted?

Simon continues to be self-involved and unlikeable (in my opinion!) but somehow I keep reading. ( )
  pgchuis | May 25, 2020 |
In the tenth Simon Serrailler novel, Simon is struggling with the physical and emotional aftershock of the attack that left him gravely injured and claimed his arm. He’s been fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthesis and returned to work at Lafferton CID, but he is far from 100%. Meanwhile, things in Lafferton have been sleepy. But the calm is rudely shattered by a pair of thefts: targeted, intricately planned and professionally executed B&E’s. The first goes off without a hitch: the homeowners return from an evening out to discover their house ransacked and a selection of portable valuables missing. With his head only partially in the game—nursing grievances, suffering from PTSD and refusing offers of support—Simon heads up the investigation in an efficient but bull-headed manner, dismissing the advice of his team, convinced that his way is the only way to track down the perpetrators. Then there is a second theft, one that results in tragedy when the homeowners arrive home early and surprise the thieves in the act. Simon’s sister Cat features prominently in this novel, becoming friends with the victim of the second B&E and consulting with a perplexing young pregnant couple who seem emotionally detached from each other and their baby. Cat and Simon’s father, Richard, as demanding and judgmental as ever, makes an appearance and suffers a health crisis. Cat’s relationship with her second husband, Simon’s boss, Kieron develops further, and Cat’s son Sam makes a surprising career decision. An attractive feature of Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler novels has always been the interplay of police procedure and family life, and The Benefit of Hindsight is no exception. The novel is entertaining and suspenseful, the story complex and diverting, and it is gratifying to spend time with familiar characters. With the crime solved, Simon’s investigative decisions are scrutinized and come under formal review, and he is forced to reflect on how he wants his life and his career to move forward. The Benefit of Hindsight is a worthy addition to a stellar series. Let’s hope there is more to come. ( )
  icolford | May 3, 2020 |
‘The Benefit of Hindsight’ is the tenth book in the Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill and she covers a lot of ground. At the book’s heart, as with its predecessors, is the town of Lafferton and the Serrailler family. Crime, when it happens, affects so many people and Hill shows this effectively as more and more people are drawn into the aftermath.
The themes of this book are post-traumatic-stress-disorder, pre-natal premonition and post-natal depression, art robbery and private v public healthcare. Written in a list it can seem clinical, but Hill is expert at winding together the personal lives of ordinary people so that you care about them. The continuity of the Serrailler family throughout the series adds the familiarity of real family issues that are not crime-related, just ordinary family stuff. Simon is struggling with the aftermath of his injury, not physically, but with panic attacks. His sister Cat has settled into her job with private GP service Concierge and it is Cat who meets two people central to the story; pregnant mum Carrie who unshakingly believes her baby will be born damaged; and Cindy, wife of businessman and charity supporter, Declan McDermid.
When a lonely house is burgled in a professionally assessed and organised operation, Simon’s team consults art and antique experts. A second burglary goes wrong, with far-reaching consequences for Simon. The meaning of the novel’s title is key to the plot affecting brother and sister, as Cat’s patient Carrie remains convinced the doctors are unable to diagnose the hidden disease of her newborn baby. As Carrie’s sense of despair deepens, her introverted husband Colin – who she fears would rather spend his time staring at his computer screen trading money, than talking to her – paces around the room ‘like a zoo animal’. The meaning of the book’s title is an indication that Hill is interested as much in the aftermath of a crime, as in the modus operandi of the crime itself. One of the reasons I enjoy this character-led series is the lack of gratuitous violence, I don’t need to skip paragraphs of gory description or violence. That is not to say the books are not thrilling, but they are deeper explorations of the motives, fears and reactions of everyone affected by crime. Importantly, Simon Serrailler is not a perfect policeman, a perfect man; occasionally he allows his own life and emotions to affect his decision-making and must face the consequences.
Susan Hill delivers yet another Serrailler book that does what it says on the tin. Well-written and plotted, familiar but with an unexpected twist, with Simon being strong and mysterious yet vulnerable.
Read more of my book reviews at http://www.sandradanby.com/book-reviews-a-z/ ( )
  Sandradan1 | Apr 23, 2020 |
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In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must engage with his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the sanctity of hearth and home. On the face of it DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of the medieval angels which are being restored. Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgement in the investigation puts Simon's reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been. In her new role as a private GP, Simon's sister Cat's medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women. Simon and Cat's unreliable father, Richard, has returned to live nearby, in a luxury apartment for the well-heeled over 60s. He's soon up to his usual tricks. In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must battle his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the very sanctity of hearth and home.

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