Book: The Light in the Ruins
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Narrator (if applicable): n/a
Release date (if applicable): Published
Synopsis: The year is 1955 and Florence police detective Serafina Bettini is called in to investigate the gruesome slaughter of Francesca Rosati by a serial killer who seems to have the entire Rosati family in his cross hairs. Just who is the Rosati family? They are one of the most wealthy and powerful families in Italy. To solve this mystery, Serafina needs to go back to 1944 WWII Italy and a young Rosati's forbidden love with a Nazi lieutenant.
My rating: 4 Stars
My opinion: I thoroughly enjoyed this series and consider it one of the most intelligent reads of the year. The story was incredibly intricate and played well within the two periods of time. I must admit that there were periods of reading when the back and forth in periods of time became slightly confusing. I am usually not a fan of this type of book that does this. Reading it on an ereader versus a print book increased this issue.
The writing in this book was incredibly rich and engrossing. In my humble opinion, if the incredibly intelligent and creative Chris Bohjalian was to create a character, one like Serafina Bettini would be it.
Source: Edelweiss for Doubleday
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone