A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
If I were to describe this book in one word, that word would be “brilliant”.
I can’t think of a more powerful, well-crafted novel that I’ve read in many a long day.
It all starts with an old map – found in the walls of the bistro in Three Pines – and gifted to Armand Gamache when he decides to come out of retirement by taking on the task of commanding the Sureté Academy. How could he ever know that his vision for the future of the Academy would be sculpted by a tragic moment in his own childhood?
The past moves along like a slow freight-train, mile after mile, day after day, gradually gaining momentum until it reaches its maximum speed and crashes into a solid force, with catastrophic results. There are casualties; there is a profound sadness; and there is reconciliation and forgiveness.
If one can admire a fictional character, then I hold Armand Gamache in the highest regard. Louise Penny has created a character with such compassion and understanding that anyone would be honored to know him.