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The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill
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Jul 04, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

I have just read Susan Hill's second and third mysteries, The Pure in Heart and The Risk of Darkness, back-to-back, and I'm so glad I did, because the stories continue almost seamlessly. A warning to readers looking for cozy mysteries: these are darker than most, and they don't have the tidy Hollywood endings we've come to expect. Many of your favorite characters will meet bad ends, you'll find yourself feeling a bit sorry for the well-rounded (but no less creepy) villains, and all of the secondary characters will leap off the page and demand your attention. Love affairs—usually the staple secondary plot narrative of mysteries in this genre—never go in the direction you expect, and there are broken hearts littering the pavement and gloomy hills along with the corpses. In fact, at times these novels read more like dark domestic fiction, the sorts of family dramas where people have to fight through difficult times in their marriages and make tough decisions about parenting and betrayals. This isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, I think this quality, along with her lush imagery and almost poetic sense of setting-as-character, helps put Susan Hill leagues ahead of her contemporary mystery colleagues.
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Heather Fineisen I have The Pure in Heart on my nightstand--looking forward to it...

Holly Robinson I noticed that you've got Tana French's new book on your "to read" list as well--I love her! We must have similar taste...

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