I love this book! I did not want it to end as I did not want to bid farewell to Gamache and the other characters for at least another year.
I’ll start by commenting on the audio. The book was extremely well and engagingly narrated. I was constantly stealing time to listen to just a bit more. The narrator’s tone is just right and he captures each character’s voice in a unique way.
The story itself will be very welcomed by series readers although new readers could also enjoy it. Readers learn so much backstory about Armand Gamache including SPOILER? the loss of his parents and the roles of his grandmother and godfather in his life.
The setting for this title is a fully realized Paris where the Gamaches are visiting their son, daughter and their spouses and children, all of whom now live there. Armand also spends time with his godfather. I loved the opening scene at the Rodin Museum. Having visited there, I enjoyed my virtual return.
Just who is Stephen Horowitz? What has he done? Who wanted to harm him? What does it mean to be in a family? What are the responsibilities of corporations? What does loyalty mean? Can we protect those we love? These questions and more are raised in this thoughtful, deeply moving mystery.
I recommend this title most highly. I now plan to go back and read or listen to all of the books again.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.