The Light in the Ruins

The Light in the Ruins

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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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 south of Florence, 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. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate's gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis' bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison.

1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case--a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood--Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.

Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780307917447
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 03, 2015

I really enjoyed this story of actions and consequences, mystery and revenge. The story of the Rosati family focussed on choices that had to be made in order to survive in horrific and troubling times. The consequences of actions beyond control come back to haunt.
I will be looking into more books by this author.

Oct 06, 2013

Vintage Bohjalian: a good story coupled with writing that creates vivid pictures in your mind. It was pretty easy to figure out who the murderer was, though, so the book didn't have the same intensity of most other Bohjalian works I've read.

mayfairlady Sep 11, 2013

good narration and the historical parts of the novel were good but the 'mystery' aspect weren't strong

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