Glass Houses: A Novel by Louise Penny

Glass Houses: A Novel

byLouise Penny

Kobo ebook | August 29, 2017

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An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick!

“Penny’s absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace.” —PEOPLE

“Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries.” —The New York Times Book Review

“You won't want Louise Penny's latest to end….Any plot summary of Penny’s novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series.... It takes nerve and skill — as well as heart — to write mysteries like this. ‘Glass Houses,’ along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of what’s going on in the world outside the novel is ‘just noise.’” —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

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 its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book*,* number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

Title:Glass Houses: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:146687368X

ISBN - 13:9781466873681

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Louise Penny books are excellent. There are very few books that I collect now versus reading on ebooks. Louise Penny is one of them - her series is a wonderful read, the characters are well developed and complete. The stories keep you interested to the end.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into but improved I read this for a book club and found it to be a slow starter. Once you get past the first few chapters things definitely pick up and there are some good moments of suspense. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started slow I eventually got into this story, but it took me a long time. It took a bit of work to finish it too I must admit; I'd get into it a bit, and then lose interest again.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly good This was the first time I read a novel by Penny and it was amazing. I loved the characters and how they all had their own story. I have been on the search for other Penny novels to see if they are as good as this one.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book did not hold my attention. The characters were flat
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense! I never had enough as I flipped the pages , even when I got the end, I still felt ecstatic and I wanted more, more of the author's works...
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for Gamache fans Another brilliant example of why L. Penny is such an accomplished author. Having had the pleasure of driving through Quebec near the Vermont border gives an extra dimension to burning through this book.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good. I was in a really bad book hangover and this was perfect. The world building and the world in general was amazing
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Talks about issues present in our society.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Talks about issues present in our society.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Beautiful read, just lovely and wonderful
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I enjoy anything written by Louise Penny - can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This promising story failed to deliver what I felt it could have
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It takes along time to finish
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok reading this gave me a different perspective
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Armand Gamache is always a pleasure to follow. Couldn't put this one down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I found the writing a bit boastful and dull at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I'm personally not a big fan of the writing style and technique.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I really enjoyed this book! I would recommend it
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok not very exciting and takes a while to pick up
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but still a visit to Three Pines Another visit to Three Pines. I like the characters in this village and look forward to catching up with them. This book is slow, a bit too slow. There isn't much action and the reader is obviously kept in the dark. Even our characters played fairly minor roles, except Ruth. She remains my favorite and I enjoy the insights into her past and her thoughts.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow This one had potential to be good but was slow, boring build up with no real conclusion.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh had so much potential but was just too slow
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This was an interesting read full of life lessons learned through experiencing a terrible loss. Reading this provides insight into the grieving mind along with strategies to support someone experiencing los
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Gave as a birthday present, and the person loved. it.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another hit mystery! Loved this latest instalment in the series. She always finds the most fascinating concepts from history to weave a story around. Hope she can keep them coming!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well thought out & well written Loved this book. The characters were great, the story is well researched and captivating. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! This book did not disappoint. I like how Louise Penny incorporates things that are pertinent today (in the news, and every day life). I get the feeling that Monsieur Gamache may soon be running out of adventures in Three Pines. I hope not but I wonder.... I am still not ready to stop visiting this delightful village.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay Several parts that were very hard to get through, couldn't get into the story
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Found it somewhat dry at times.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great novel Huge Louise Penny fan. This is a classic.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing right to the end. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5* was that I found the ending to be a bit far fetched. I am still not sure how I feel about how it all played out....
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing right to the end. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5* was that I found the ending to be a bit far fetched. I am still not sure how I feel about how it all played out....
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neat! This was a welcome surprise, it's not like your average novel - in a good way. WEon't spoil, but def give it a read
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting story "The actual act of terror created horror, pain, sorrow, rage, revenge. But the terror itself came from wondering what what going to happen next. To watch, to wait to wonder, To anticipate. To imagine. And always the worst."
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I am a devoted reader of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. The latest (#13) is Glass Houses. Glass Houses opens in a courtroom with Gamache on the stand. "He knew perfectly well who the murder was. He was just a little afraid that something would go wrong. And a particularly cunning killer would go free." Well, I was immediately hooked! So many questions. The reader slowly learns what led to the case Gamache is testifying at. A hooded figure dressed in black stands on the square in the pretty little off the beaten village of Three Pines - home to Inspector Gamache. He or she is not committing a crime, but doing nothing but standing there is all the more terrifying. "The actual act of terror created horror, pain, sorrow, rage, revenge. But the terror itself came from wondering what what going to happen next. To watch, to wait to wonder, To anticipate. To imagine. And always the worst." Gamache and a small, select group of officers are also running an operation that seems to have been almost a year in the planning. But what exactly that is, is only slowly made clear to the reader. Very slowly - which only kept me turning pages late in the night, eager to see where and what was at the end. Penny brings in elements from the a previous long running (and very current) storyline. I love Penny's prose and the voice she has created for not just Gamache, but for every player in her books. Her mysteries are always intriguing, but it is the characters themselves that have me eager to see what is going on in their lives. It feels like settling in with old friends when I pick up the latest book. And settling into a village I'd love to live in. Penny's description of Three Pines says much: "Some might argue that Three Pines itself isn't real, and they'd be right, but limited in their view. The village does not exist, physically. But I think of it as existing in ways that are far more important and powerful. Three Pines is a state of mind. When we choose tolerance over hate. Kindness over cruelty. Goodness over bullying. When we choose to be hopeful, not cynical. Then we live in Three Pines." Another fantastic entry in this wonderful series.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Master Storyteller!! OMG Louise Penny is a master storyteller. I find I really have to take my time and read each sentence carefully to not miss anything she has to say, it is all so wonderful. I liked how this book switched between 2 different times and we could watch everything come together. Can't wait for the next book to be released.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Interesting plot, a tad slow in places, but overall, a good story.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyable a good book, slow in places but good overall
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good a good read though a bit slow at times. nevertheless, it's worth it
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes quite insightful and overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down.... The thing I love most about this series is the marvelous village of Three Pines and its quirky inhabitants, including Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie. These characters are like old friends and it;s always wonderful to see them, even in the midst of yet another crisis. For those who love a good mystery this book will not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Fans will want to read this one. One of her best I think
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I started reading this novel at the bookstore and couldnt put it down. This is a first Penny book I read and can not wait to read more of her novels.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best mystery book ever! once you pick up its hard to put down
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Heart thumping finish! One of Penny's best. Now I have to wait until her next book to return to Three Pines and the bistro, and the characters who now seem like my friends. Even Ruth, and Rosa.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting hard to put down! a true crime novel
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Gamache Yet! Penney is brilliant as ever! This goes beyond mystery writing and gets at the deeper, more philosophical questions about what makes people tick and how each of us, if we are really honest with ourselves, has, or has had, something on our conscience. How we make peace with that is as important as the making of the peace.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book once you pick up its hard to put down
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fine gave a nice idea but was a bit genereic
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just average This was an average read for me, nothing really special and it was a bit slow going.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent Expected more to be honest.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cannot wait for this book to be published Am waiting with anticipation for this new book
Date published: 2017-04-10