The Light in the Ruins You gotta admire a best-selling author who refuses to keep writing the same novel. With each book, Bohjalian flexes his literary muscles, crafting a ghost… The Light in the Ruins You gotta admire a best-selling author who refuses to keep writing the same novel. With each book, Bohjalian flexes his literary muscles, crafting a ghost… 2013-07-09 Fiction Doubleday
Book Review

The Light In The Ruins (2013)

LOST IN THE DARK Author Chris Bohjalian loses his way in his latest offering
LOST IN THE DARK Author Chris Bohjalian loses his way in his latest offering
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 09, 2013; Writer: Chris Bohjalian; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

You gotta admire a best-selling author who refuses to keep writing the same novel. With each book, Bohjalian flexes his literary muscles, crafting a ghost story, historical fiction, and now a police procedural, The Light in The Ruins. When a serial killer begins picking off members of an aristocratic Italian family — carving out their hearts with a bone saw — plucky, chain-smoking detective Serafina Bettini lands the case. But Bettini can't glue the narrative together as Bohjalian buckets awkwardly between World War II and the 1950s. He's certainly skilled at evoking the sepia-tinged past, but he has trouble fashioning a cohesive mystery. C+

Originally posted Jul 10, 2013 Published in issue #1268 Jul 19, 2013 Order article reprints
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