Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, September 12, 2011
A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny
The mystery concerns the murder of a recovering alcoholic in Clara's garden. The meditations are about hope (it is essential), addiction (it destroys everything and everyone in its path), the ability of people to change (not often, not fundamentally, not always for the better), and forgiveness (its healing power is stronger for the person who forgives than the person who is forgiven). The question that lingers most strongly in my mind is how to apply these lessons to Jean-Guy's addiction to pain-killers and Clara and Peter's shattered marriage. The next book will provide answers, hopefully, in a way less sad than the way the questions came to be posed.