Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

TheLongWayHomeSeries: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #10
Published by: Sphere
Published: August 2014
Pages: 384
Format reviewed: Paperback from Hachette
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘The Long Way Home’ by Louise Penny is the tenth in the series that follows Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec. Few things could full Gamache from retirement, yet he soon finds compelling reason. Along with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they set to discover where his neighbor Clara Morrow’s husband has disappeared too, though they know if must be grim, for he missed an important anniversary.

They discover that the husband is desperate to recapture his fame as an artist. It takes them to a part of Québec so desolate that it was first called The land God gave to Cain. In this, we find a novel full of symbolism and imagery that you find you’ve read the whole novel in one or two sittings.

Landscape and and emotion are key elements of this novel, which takes the reader in a slightly different direction than the rest of the series is known for. We see the characters strain throughout, which makes it hard yet also captivating for the reader, as we hope to see all end well.

Throughout the characters are entirely sympathetic, which makes this book a fantastic cozy read in front of a fire, with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee for company. A quick read, this novel is in no way disappointing, and is both not a light read, yet remains an easy and captivating read.

Though this novel is standalone well enough, it also ends in an open-ended way, that leaves many questions for loyal readers of the series to wonder what could happen next, most options of which are very interesting indeed. I can’t wait to see what’s in store in the next volume!

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