This is a wonderful novel by Louise Penny. Her prose is very engaging and the story will have you seated in your seat or shall I say on the edge of your seat…
The story is about a nine-year-old Laurent Lepage who seems resilient as the story opens up. But what nine really is resilient for long?
Soon Laurent’s imagination seems to run wild. But are these merely stories that are concocted by a young nine-year-old’s mind, or is there some reality to these stories?
Laurent doesn’t have a usual childhood. Nor does he think of things that most kids concern themselves with. Laurent’s mind seems to be plagued with alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the little village in Quebec of Three Pines.
His tales are so extraordinary that no one believes him, including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village that he lives in.
But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. what they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, and leads to an old betrayal.
Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Surete du Quebec must face the possibility that in not believing the boy he himself has played a terrible part in what happens next.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth