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The Long Way Home

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sret du Qubec, has found a peace hed 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 doesnt 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 Gamaches help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "Theres 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 dee...

Title : The Long Way Home
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ISBN : 9781250022066
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 373 pages
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The Long Way Home Reviews

  • Kaye

    I've read an advance copy of Louise Penny's THE LONG

    WAY HOME.

    Then I sat down to write my own pitiful version of a review.

    But instead, I did what I sometimes do. But only with books

    that have touched me deeply. I turned back to page one

    and read it a second time.

    But I'm still having a very difficult time writing a review for

    this book.

    Mostly, I think, because I'm so lacking in review writing

    skills, but also because many of you might find my words

    empty and false. I think I have said every sing
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  • Kristina

    Oh, Louise Penny. I’m sorry, but this book is ridiculous. I hate to say this, but I’m done with Chief Inspector Gamache and his pals in Three Pines. The early books are good, but the two previous novels (The Beautiful Mystery and How the Light Gets In) displayed Penny’s irritating new writing style and began my disenchantment with the characters. A Long Way Home, her tenth in the series, is my breaking point. I don’t want to read about these irritatingly charming characters who live in the delig

    It was here, on this very spot, that a meteor had hurtled to earth. Had hit the earth. Three hundred million years ago. It had struck with such force that it killed everything beneath it, and for miles and miles around. It struck with such violence that even now the impact site could be seen from space.

    Earth, thrown up in waves, had petrified there, forming smooth mountains and a deep crater.

    Nothing lived. All life was extinguished. The earth laid to waste. For thousands of years. Hundreds of thousands of years. Millions of years.

    Barren. Empty. Nothing. (195)


    Dammit. I think we get the picture. Most of the book is like this. And the characters talk like this too, which is very unrealistic. Who. Talks. Like. That? This next sentence is particularly bad and if I read it out loud I laugh: “But the boat didn’t heave. It didn’t ho” (333). How did her editor not read this sentence and laugh too? The dramatic conclusion to this book is entirely predictable. (view spoiler)

    If you enjoy Penny’s constant exploration of the sensitive troubled soul of humanity and don’t mind that she practically drowns the reader in it, then you’ll love this book. I do not. I prefer my morality lessons and philosophical blathering to be subtextual. The Long Way Home takes itself way too seriously, is boring, and written in a choppy, annoying style. The characters are tedious in their charming quirkiness, Three Pines sounds like a French-Canadian Disney village, and I hope freaking Gamache finally reads the whole damn Balm of Gilead book. More words were devoted to his habit of reading this book than developing the less-than-compelling non-plot. I’ve very much enjoyed Louise Penny’s earlier novels and I found her charming and delightful in person, but I cannot read any more of these books. ...more

  • ✨Susan✨

    In this addition to the Inspector Gamache series, he and his wife Reine-Marie have retired to the little town of Three Pines, something they have dreamed about for quite some time. After Louise Penny reacquaints us with the wonderful characters and witty banter, that is always a hoot amongst the crazy inmates of Three Pines, Gamache and Reine are delighted to have a visit from their daughter Annie and his protege, Jean Beauvoir. So most of the loose ends from the last book are tied up except, Pe ...more

  • Michael



    I stopped at exactly halfway done. I lost patience with slow plot progression despite appreciating the excellent attention of the author to nuances of emotion and motivations of her characters.

    Those who have come to love Inspector Gamache of the Montreal detective force may not be able to resist following him here, now retired to his beloved rural community of Three Pines. But it’s a bit of an early retirement. He is damaged goods, still recovering from physical and mental injuries from a treac
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  • Carolyn

    The previous book in this series How the Light Gets In was such a good finale to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache's career as Quebec's Head of Homicide, ending with his retirement to the little village of Three Pines that he has come to love so much where he can start to recover his physical and mental health. I couldn't imagine that a sequel featuring Gamache in retirement could be as good and postponed reading this book for a long time and unfortunately it does not live up to the rest of the ser ...more

  • Barbara Hathaway

    I had eagerly awaited this title but found myself disappointed and underwhelmed. Penny delivered her usual beautifully descriptive prose but without the tightly woven plotting that usually makes her novels so compelling. The coincidences and artistic "insights"that advanced the plot felt forced and ludicrous at times. Sigh....

  • Penny Watson

    I'm not sure how to rate this. It has Penny's wonderful writing, colorful characters, insightful comments about human nature, and awesome humor. However, the storyline just dragged, especially in the middle of the book.

    Let's look at some paintings.

    Let's look at them again.

    Let's turn them upside down and look at them.

    Let's tack them to the wall and look at them.

    Let's look some more.

    This just went on and on...oy. And the ending...I can't even. It was so predictable and cheesy, I don't know what to
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  • Jeanette

    This is going to be a difficult review to write. The prose, natural world descriptions and placements in this unique locale of haggard and isolated sea villages of the far North in Canada, like Tabaquen, were excellent. Everything else, not so much.

    This book is never, for more than 5 pages out of 373, a mystery as much as it is an analysis. An analysis both in aesthetics and in psychology, of the Peter Marrow character and the relationship he has within the work of his art (painting) and the con
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