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The Light In The Ruins book

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LOST IN THE DARK Author Chris Bohjalian loses his way in his latest offering

The Light in the Ruins

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Chris Bohjalian
publisher:
Doubleday
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a C+

You gotta admire a best-selling author who refuses to keep writing the same novel. With each book, Bohjalian flexes his literary muscles, crafting a ghost story, historical fiction, and now a police procedural, The Light in The Ruins. When a serial killer begins picking off members of an aristocratic Italian family — carving out their hearts with a bone saw — plucky, chain-smoking detective Serafina Bettini lands the case. But Bettini can’t glue the narrative together as Bohjalian buckets awkwardly between World War II and the 1950s. He’s certainly skilled at evoking the sepia-tinged past, but he has trouble fashioning a cohesive mystery. C+