A Trick of the Light

By Louise Penny

“It was one thing to forgive, it was another to climb back into the cage with that bear, even if it was wearing a tutu and smiling.”

Book #7 is more focused on the murder and the psychological complexities of some of the residents of Three Pines, and Jean-Guy: people we care about and will see again. I continue to shake my ahead in disapproval and disbelief at Peter, particularly at what is revealed in the final goodbye between him and Clara. At least Clara has Peter’s number now and hopefully will not be fooled again. I guess we’ll have to wait for another book for Gamache to be “forgiven” by Olivier. (Although he did absolutely nothing wrong and it was all Olivier fault. But if it makes Gamache happy, whatever)
I loved the role and the writing involving Alcoholics Anonymous. Louise really did her research. Not one false note.
The book ends with the reader wanting more. What will happen with Peter and Clara? Will Olivier finally accept responsibility for what happened to him? Will Jean Guy be alright? That final scene with Ruth was beautiful. Will hope be rewarded?
I see I say nothing about the murder and the mystery. The fact that the killer was who he was was very satisfactory to me. The character study of the victim was fascinating. So many shades of black and white in all of Penny’s characters. Except Gamache and his wife. And thank God for it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

November 11, 2018

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