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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review - How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Ms. Penny is a master storyteller that brings vivid characters to life in this mystery novel in her Chief Inspector Gamanche series. In this tale, she has the amazingly remarkable ability to weave more than one story together at once. The book has 416 pages and 42 chapters. It is published by Minotaur Books.

Inspector Gamanche is called by a friend to the village of Three Pines to help find a missing person. Meanwhile trouble brews in the Surete Police force and Inspector Gamanche must foil a catastrophic plot to save lives.

Ms. Penny's character development is cleverly crafted. HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, while deeply suspenseful, is profoundly psychologically thrilling. She delves into the mind of addiction, natures of good and evil, and the loyalties between families and between partnerships.

The only drawback is the excessive use of curse words. Particularly the "F" word which I did not realize was the "F" word until near the end of the book because it was written in French. After repeated use of it, I finally looked it up. Despite that fact, Ms. Penny held me captive until the end and compelled me for more from Inspector Gamanche and the village of Three Pines. - Book Review submitted by Traci Cocchi

Inspector Gamanche series:
STILL LIFE
A FATAL GRACE / DEAD COLD
THE CRUELEST MONTH
A RULE AGAINST MURDER / THE MURDER STONE
THE BRUTAL TELLING
BURY YOUR DEAD
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN debuted at #1 on the New York Times and made bestseller lists internationally. It is now out in paperback.

Amazon.com named HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN to their BEST OF 2013 list

Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year

Barnes and Noble - Best Fiction of 2013

Goodreads - Best Mystery-Thriller Books 2013

Nominated for the Gold Dagger, the highest crime writing award in Britain.

Nominated for the Edgar, the highest crime writing award in North America

Nominated for an Agatha and a Macavity Award

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN was named one of the top 5 fiction books of the year by the Washington Post

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