It was a return to the familiar with many of the same characters in Three Pines, Gabri, Olivier, Ruth the eccentric, Myrna, Clara and Peter and with new additions, Ben, Yolande, Timmer and Nicole, a detective trainee whom Armande sends packing. This book I learned that Myrna is a black woman, something I had not gotten reading the other. Fortunately the book stands on its own and one need not read any of these in sequence or from the beginning.
Pg 20, Clara and Ben are talking, "Oscar Wilde said that conscience and cowardice are the same thing. What stops us from doing horrible things isn't our conscience but the fear of getting caught."
Pg 24, "Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table," Jane said almost under her breath.
Looking back now after finishing this I can see just how the author draws the reader in, with clues that do not seem more than part of the conversation. I did not get this until I began writing this.review, yet they wqere quotes I had identified as ones I would include here.
Pg. 47 Gamache is reflecting, , "And the pall of grief that settled on this little community was worn with dignity and sadness and a certain familiarity. This village was old and you don't get to be old without knowing grief. And loss.."
Pg. 140, Myrna is discussing choices, faults, quoting Shakespeare , "The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings..... "The vast majority of troubled people don't get it, the fault is here but so is the solution. That's the grace."
Pg. 279, Gamache is marveling "at the people who chose to live in this area. Was Margaret Atwood a garbage collector perhaps?.......No one was who they seemed. Everyone was more And one person in this room was very much more."
Pg 303, "This is what comes of trust and friendship, loyalty and love, thought Peter. You get screwed. Betrayed. You get wounded so deeply you can barely breathe and sometimes it kills you. ......."
A 5 ***** read thoroughly enjoyed and savored it.