The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Book - 2015
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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sureté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There's power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Qu©♭bec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books 2015, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781250022059
Characteristics: viii, 388 pages ;,21 cm


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As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. The wilds of the upper St. Lawrence, once called the land God gave to Cain, combine echoes of mysticism with portents of evil, permeating ... Read More »

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Nov 22, 2019

The thoughts and introspection of the characters add to the depth of the story. Interesting reading, not only a mystery novel but also a story of relationships

Jun 02, 2019

OK. Not my favorite book in the series but it will not deter me from reading the next book in the series.

Jan 15, 2019


Oct 22, 2018

The book was not believable in terms of the plot. Where the author got such a strained idea from? The characters were fake; the idea of an idealistic village called Tree Pines nice but not likely to exist in a real life. Too much psychological exploration. Got bored after 1/3 of the book. Not recommended although I came across far worse in my life of a book lover for the last 50 years.

Jul 04, 2018

I have really enjoyed the series thus far and this was no exception. It doesn’t take place in 3 Pines (because really, how many murders can a village have?) but puts the focus on love and loss and ‘moving on’ through the lens of artists Peter and Clara. A little wordy and less action than some of the others in the series but I found it moving and thought provoking.

Apr 24, 2018

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny is part of her Inspector Gamache series yet reads beautifully as a stand alone novel. This book is a lovely work of Canadian literature (CanLit). Everything about it embraces Canada – the settings, the personalities, the modes of transportation, the geography, the cityscapes and countryside, the food, the artists, the culture and last but not least, the police system.
This reviewer recommends that the reader takes the time to read and reflect on the author's acknowledgements prior to indulging in the novel, it will make your reading experience so much richer!

Nov 30, 2017

The story's theme is healing as symbolized by the book that Gamache is reading, "The Balm of Gilead" and as embodied in characters of Gamache, Clara, and Peter, who are seeking peace, closure, and self-knowledge respectively. After the violent, tense narrative and cathartic ending of the previous book this is a quieter journey, but it ends with unexpected twists and a tragic, but somehow fitting, outcome.

Nov 25, 2017

A character observes that artists may overwork a piece (a painting in this novel) to the point where the canvas can no longer hold the paint and it slides off. I think "The Long Way Home" suffers from that problem, too much verbiage and a strained plot. Who paid all that airfare? My least favorite in the series, so far.

Nov 10, 2017


ontherideau Oct 04, 2017

The geographical interest kept me going. Analysis of each character's thoughts and predictions was tedious, I skipped some parts to get to the conclusion.

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