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Written by Patricia
(9/3/2013 5:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Here be spoilers....., penned by Karen 2L
If this were the only book I'd read, I would have to agree with Kathleen M about wondering whether Jean-Guy was indeed worth it, but Louise Penny is the master (mistress?) of the long story. I can't imagine reading this series out of sequence - the character development is amazing. I sometimes feel there's no such thing as a throw-away line or character - Penny's call back of previous events, lines or even gestures really builds layers onto each character and history. Knowing Jean-Guy's character and history before the drugs and manipulation gave weight to Gamache and Annie's - and Jean-Guy's - struggles.
Speaking of Ruth, I loved the moment when Gamache wondered if she could have been one of the quints herself. Fitting that Rosa would play a part in Jean-Guy's awakening - they both flew away at the end of the last book and come home in this one.
I, too, confess to staying up way past my bedtime to finish this. There was such a feeling of building anticipation towards a resolution, though I was unsure of which way it would tip until the very end. There was a point near the very end when I thought, "This is the point in the movie theater where we would break into cheers!" and I may indeed have whooped out loud just a bit.
It was a satisfying resolution, which I admit I felt we were owed after the awful cliffhanger at the end of the last book. I hope it's not the last Gamache book, but if it is, I could be happy thinking of them all as they are at the end of this book.
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