Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

The Light in the Ruins in an intense and suspenseful historical fiction, novel. It is told in alternating chapters, that take place in 1943 and 1955. There are also sections written from the prospective of the serial killer. It is set in, Italy during WWII.

Someone is killing members of the, Rosati family and removing their hearts. Serafina is the detective assigned to the case. Like members of the, Rosati family the war has left her emotionally scared.

As the story is unveiled you find out, the tragic events that shaped the lives of, Serafina and the members of the Rosati family. Their stories are emotional and the character development is at its finest and the exposition is explosive.

If you only read one --- historical fiction book this year --- let it be this one.  There is never a dull moment or any degree of predictability.

Grade: A+

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