A Better Man

A Better Man

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It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil, a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250066213
Characteristics: 437 pages ;,25 cm.

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karynmoore
Oct 23, 2019

I was SO disappointed by this book. I have loved this series, and have been looking forward to "A Better Man" for months, and it was just such a let-down.

Her writing style seemed to change, and this book is filled with sentences. Broken up. Into multiple sentences. For no reason. So, so many sentence fragments. I do that occasionally, in texts, to emphasize a point, but doing it constantly throughout the book makes the technique lose all sense of emphasis and just gets really annoying.

Also (and this is maybe just me?), some of the story line just didn't make sense. Yes, having a young woman who's pregnant get abused and then killed is terrible, but it is not remotely the most terrible thing that these cops have seen. And yet, they all immediately take it personally and see it as something so horrible that they are unable to be unbiased. It just didn't seem to be in character.

It was a fine book. If I hadn't read any of her other books, I would probably have not been as annoyed and disappointed. I just expected so much more.

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maryebarr
Oct 22, 2019

Another great trip to Three Pines at the beginning of a major flood. Parts of the plot just did not make sense to me. The discussion of the deterrent of the flood province wide was not followed up. I could do with less duck and foul language, but enjoyed the story.

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pozrob
Oct 22, 2019

tout à fait le petite village occupé avec des habitants excentriques

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midori_hon
Oct 18, 2019

louise penny makes me want to go out and get a dog (high praise for those who know me and that I inadvertently was adopted by a cat.) some other reviewers had issues with the murder, some with the sentence structure, I was still enthralled with the people and their deep affection for one another. wouldn't have minded more meal descriptions, though.

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sloanelCPL
Oct 17, 2019

With Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache/Three Pines novels, even when a book is not my favourite in the series, it's still a 5-star. I read this in two sittings and loved it. The characterization is so compelling one is drawn into relationship with the members of the team and the residents of Three Pines. To paraphrase Penny, "How lucky we are to live in Three Pines. IN every way. With you. We are never alone."

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KJP48
Oct 16, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed the 'mystery', going back and forth as to who committed the murder. I changed my mind several times until the very end. To me, this is a sign of a very good story. The same drawback to me is the same as the previous book in the series; there wasn't enough time devoted to the wonderful characters that live in Three Pines. I really miss their interplay and the feel of living in such a delightful village.

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gloryb
Oct 06, 2019

The topic for this book is the abuse of females. The author repeats the evidence of the case involving a drowned woman over and over again so that it becomes rather tiresome. At the end of the book, the detectives finally "see" the light using the same clues so there is a bit of a twist involved. There is some tension when both Armand and Jean Guy end up in the rushing flood waters of a local river. I thought perhaps Penny was considering ending this series with these characters when I read that scene. However, both inspectors survive that hair-raising incident and allows Penny to say good-bye to Jean Guy as he heads to a safer life in Paris which has been in the works for a while. A minor theme revolves around the personal harm that comes from viral videos and posts on social media which allows posters to hide behind code names. I enjoyed reading the descriptions about the ice melting on the rivers and the actions taken to avoid damages from flooding. In the end - an enjoyable read.

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sandraperkins
Sep 29, 2019

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors, and I adore Armand Gamache and most of the other characters in her books. I wanted to love this book, but I honestly have to say this was not my favorite of her books. It is OK, but not great. It kept my interest, but it was not nearly as engrossing as most of her other books.

Maybe that is because this book includes a lot of social media (and our friends being trolled on social media). I loathe social media, so that definitely did not appeal to me. Maybe it is because this book deals with an environmental disaster. Maybe it is because the primary suspect was such a horrible person. Or maybe it is because Gamache is put through more hell, and he has already been through so much. This book felt formulaic to me. And then everything wraps up neatly (too neatly?) at the end, with a lot of twists and turns. It felt contrived to me. I think I understand the point(s) she is trying to make. This book just did not convince me. And I really wanted to be convinced!

It is entirely possible I am the only person on the planet who sees it this way. This book got starred reviews from people much fancier than I am. But it did not grab me, as her books usually do.

I will keep reading the series. I hope the next book is better. My favorite book in this series is How the Light Gets In (and there are references to that wonderful Leonard Cohen poem/song in this book as well).

As with any series, it is important to start with the first book (Still Life) and read them in order.

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Palomino
Sep 28, 2019

I enjoyed it very much - and had the satisfaction, for once, of saying "i knew it!" as things wrapped up (well,
I had at least one thing right). As a fellow Canadian, I have all the sympathy in the world for our characters dealing with the worst villain, Spring ("crapfest" is a word). I read it in a day, I love Three Pines and the way the author allows good and evil to coexist, sometimes in the same person. I will continue to read this series until the final mystery is solved (that being, of course, what kind of dog is Gracie?!)

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EmilyEm
Sep 24, 2019

As spring flooding endangers Quebec, a young woman in a seemingly abusive relationship is reported missing and then found in the flooded waters at Three Pines. Gamache has returned to the force; it’s Jean Guy’s last case. Quite an investigation; pay attention. One of the best yet.

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