3. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny ( CIGM #5 WM Québécois detective) Utterly wrenching. Greed, fear and secrets combine to into an evil brew that tears into the fabric of Three Pines (CWs : murder, homophobia, past trauma: wars, genocide, war crimes)
This book was heart-wrenching and painful as Gamache has to hear a friend repeatedly lie to him and to keep uncovering their unsavory and unsettling actions. The book is about self-awareness, guilt regret. Up to the very last minute I hoped like Gamache did that the truth wasn't what it was and instead one of the many other options considered was indeed the truth.
I loved the continuing secondary storyline featuring Clara and her art. I loved the choices Clara has to make, and how messy they are. She is not brave or resolute, but instead hesitant, scared and shocked and all the better for it.
I'll keep coming back to Three Pines as long as they will have me, much like Armand Gamache.
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