Heavy rain falls on Lafferton. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed.
It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago.
But a cold case isn't a priority: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone.
Susan Hill, geboren 1942 in Scarborough, hat zahlreiche Romane, Jugendbücher, Hörspiele und Sachbücher veröffentlicht. Mit ihren Kriminalromanen eroberte sie eine große Fangemeinde. Susan Hill lebt heute mit ihrem Mann und ihren beiden Töchtern in einem Landhaus in Gloucestershire.
"Hugely enjoyable... This is a satisfying crime story and 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" -- Laura Wilson Guardian "Hill can't write a bad sentence and her characters are all completely convincing - no more so than her long-serving detective Simon Serrailler" -- Henry Sutton Daily Mirror "Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence" -- Hannah McGill Scotland on Sunday "Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable" -- Leslie Geddes-Brown Country Life