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Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Bk 13)
Glass Houses - Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Bk 13
Author: Louise Penny
When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day. Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. — From the moment the creature's shadow falls over the villiage, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781250066190
ISBN-10: 1250066190
Publication Date: 8/29/2017
Pages: 391
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Penny tells a good Three Pines/Gamache story, one that is timely as well, dealing with the scourge of mounting drug abuse. The narrative goes on too long, though, with too much repetitive background and extremely slow pacing. The excessive detail and introspection, perhaps intended to build suspense, instead become tedious, and the constant shift from past to present can be confusing. The writing style seems choppier and sloppier, filled with sentence fragments.

Worse, the characters seem off much of the time. They don't have conversations filled with affectionate teasing; they exchange one-liners, often uncharacteristically mean ones. There are still some good moments, just not as many as in previous books. Things become better toward the end, when the action speeds up and emotions become real. The conclusion, though troubling, is believable.

I did end up liking the book. I appreciate the people, the setting, and the complex arc that Penny has crafted. This latest book is just not the best entry, or my favorite, in an overall excellent series.