The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Book - 2014
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At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250022066
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

Sep 29, 2017

I thought this was the least successful of the Gamache books. Way too much philosophizing and too little action, until the very end, which I found abrupt and unsatisfying (although getting there and the setting were interesting -- maps, please.) The main point of interest is the dialogue (with Jean-Guy getting some of the best quips.) And please stop harping on the flaky croissants and baguettes, neither of which I can obtain by walking a few meters to my local bakery.

Jun 24, 2017

A very different kind of mystery for Penny involving Peter and his relationship with Clara. Unfortunately very little 'happens' for most of the novel and all is revealed in the last 15 pages which at least had its share of twists and turns.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Penny's previous novels but not this one. It rambles on and on with a very slow pace and I was barely able to finish it.

Apr 24, 2017

You do have to read her books in order - they do make more sense this way. However I found this novel the least interesting of all her novels. The ending was interesting though - a surprise!

Apr 19, 2017

Love this book and love the series. But read them in order!!!

Apr 19, 2017

I had not read any of this series of books nor anything else by this author.
Don't think I'll bother now. This book was really boring. I got half way through and skipped to the last 20 pages hoping at least the ending would turnout interesting. Nope.

I'm really glad I don't live in that little town.
The characters sound like a bunch of full-of-themselves elitists in a tight mutual admiration society clique. Their lofty presence would be far above my station, I'm sure.

Nov 03, 2016

I've read some other Inspector Gamache novels and enjoyed them but this one was not as good. The author's style is fairly heavy-handed in this book -- not much subtlety.

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