What starts out as a tracking operation soon evolves into following the erratic trail of a man fleeing from something. Paris, Florence, Venice, then Scotland - a weird, otherworldly garden - and finally back to Canada. Gamache, always attuned to the disturbing vibes, fears more than merely flight. As Clara and her friend Myrna, and Gamache along with his son-in-law and former subordinate Jean-Guy Beauvoir, begin a trip down the mighty St. Lawrence River to a remote and mysterious town, the data they find is increasingly disturbing. As always, Penny has crafted a compelling tale full - too full? - of subtleties, exquisitely-shrouded red herrings, and heart-stopping moments. Once I got over my annoyance at the multitude of two-word sentences and the resultant choppy - and at times almost immature - feel of the read, the story was gripping, the ending cataclysmic. It's a 4.
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