Glass Houses: A Novel by Louise Penny

Glass Houses: A Novel

byLouise Penny

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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 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