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The Light in the Ruins (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Chris Bohjalian

Published: 2014-04-22
Paperback : 309 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge—set in war-ravaged Tuscany.

1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills of Tuscany, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the ...
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge—set in war-ravaged Tuscany.

1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills of Tuscany, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. But when two soldiers—a German and an Italian—arrive at their doorstep asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered.
 
1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence Police Department, has successfully hidden her tragic scars from WWII, at least until she’s assigned to a gruesome new case—a serial killer who is targeting the remaining members of the Rosati family one by one. Soon, she will find herself digging into past secrets that will reveal a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

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by tcrowl (see profile) 05/31/18

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 02/07/18

A little suspenseful and kept me guessing but on the other hand it was confusing because its so many characters that I couldn’t really keep up with what was going on. Wealthy family with a lot of art... (read more)

 
  "The Light in the Ruins"by epaffett (see profile) 03/27/15

It was a very good read!! Great discussion.....

 
  "the light in the ruins"by MarthaL (see profile) 02/13/15

Too complicated for a casual working gals group.

 
  "the light in the ruins"by bhale (see profile) 12/18/14

 
  "Good historical fiction"by nbaker (see profile) 11/24/14

Due to some serious family illnesses, it took me well over a month to get through this book. The length of time had nothing to do with a difficult story, shallow characters or lack of an author's talent.... (read more)

 
  "split decision"by galabouttown1 (see profile) 09/22/14

It was about a 50-50 split on who liked this book and who didn't, but the likes had just a few more. We liked the history part and the build up, however the ending felt unfinished like the author was... (read more)

 
  "Graphic & chilling yet artful suspense tale"by zodejodie4 (see profile) 06/20/14

Bohjalian does a masterful job of crafting an intense, suspenseful story with elegant prose. He blends art & history with suspense in a way that keeps you turning the pages hoping to learn more about the... (read more)

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