Chaos is coming, old son.
With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.
No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?
As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures— from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.
I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book.
I've enjoyed all the Armand Gamache books, but this one is by far my favorite. It was wonderful to see the usual characters of Three Pines, and the author also introduces new characters that are just as interesting and mysterious as the usual ones.
What I wasn't expecting was the involvement of one of my favorite characters...You think you know someone and bam everything you know is turned upside down. I wonder if there are fans out there angry with this twist? I found that it was well written into the story and it made sense. The character was more guilty in inflicting chaos and fear than any other crime, and lies were swallowing the character alive.
If you haven't read an Armand Gamache book by Louise Penny, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend this series.
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (5/5) Mystery; Published: Minotaur Books (9/09); Series: # 5, Armand Gamache; Favorite Read 2010; Canadian Author; Thriller Suspense Reading Challenge (4); Canadian Book Challenge (11); Books 2010 (51);