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The Light in the Ruins (2013)

af Chris Bohjalian

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML: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 way
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I am a little disappointed in this book overall, as I had high expectations after seeing some very good reviews. Also disappointing that I didn’t like this more because my library has several more audios of this author’s books on Overdrive. It started out well, at least, with a brutal murder occurring from the anonymous murderer’s POV, and it kept me interested enough to keep pulling me along with the story and trying to guess at the murderer. But… I felt myself growing more distanced from all the characters as the story progressed, which really should not happen. By the end, I really didn’t care much about any of them, but was only curious to see how the story resolved and if any of my guesses at the murderer were right. I’m fine with a book peopled by unlikeable characters, because it’s absolutely possible for them still to be drawn in a way that the reader can still connect with them. I don’t feel the author accomplished that here. The mystery reveal was a disappointment, too, as it turned out that the murderer is a minor character whom we aren’t even introduced to in the war storyline until close to the end. I will still try other books by this author, though. Maybe I’ll like another better.

Audiobook from my public library via Overdrive. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, for my first Light Joker: Read a book that has the words “light”, “candle”, “lamp”, “sun” or “fire” in its title or features any of these five things on its cover. This book fits, obviously, because it has “Light” in the title. I’ll use this for square 4: Book themes for Thanksgiving Day: Books with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need. –OR– Books with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover.
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  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
The LIGHT IN THE RUINS by Chris Bohjalian
This a mesmerizing story of love, war, murder, betrayal, politics, desire, despair, forgiveness and revenge. A noble Italian family is devastated by events during World War II. Their beloved villa, surrounded by centuries old olive and grape orchards, and a depository of Etruscan artifacts, becomes a meeting place for treasure seeking Germans. At the same time a partisan group seeks refuge in the Etruscan burial vaults. Ten years later someone begins murdering the remaining Rosatis one by one.
Bahjalian is a master of character, place and plot. They come together in this thrilling detective tale to surround the reader with Italy in the waning days of the war, a family trying without success to maintain their traditions and young people coming of age in a time of great turmoil.
Book Groups will find a wealth of material for discussion.
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  beckyhaase | Apr 19, 2023 |
Someone is killing members of the Rosati family. The killer is splitting them open and cutting out their hearts. Detective Serafina Bettini believes it is tied to something that happened during WWII, even though the conflict has been over for a decade, and we are transported back to those days and the involvement of the family with the Germans who were running Italy at the time. Clearly, with Italy aligned with the Germans, cooperation or opposition was not an easy choice to make.

I love Bohjalian and this is another good novel from him, although it does not live up to some of his other novels for me. Even though it is not my favorite of his works, it still kept my attention without ever boring me, and for a fan of mystery/detective genres it would probably play very well. I changed my mind several times about what I thought was going on before I got to the conclusion and the ends were tied.

I have begun to grow weary of WWII stories, and that might be one of the reasons this did not rate higher for me. To please me with a WWII story lately, an author must take me somewhere I have never been before (and few do that). However, Chris Bohjalian does not write by formula and no two Bohjalian's are alike, which is one of the things that keeps bringing me back to him again and again.

One of the weaknesses of this story is that I never could key in on a particular character that I truly liked or was rooting for. One of the strengths is that all of the major characters have something that interests you or recommends them for your sympathy and understanding. Not sorry to have finally had the opportunity to read this one, which leaves me several Bohjalian's still waiting in the wings. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Set during WWII and ten years later in Tuscany, Light in the Ruins tells the story of the Rosati family whose villa is overrun by Nazis during the war. Ten years later an anti-fascist fighter seeks revenge on the family who hid him in their Etruscan tomb, but exposed his hiding place when confronted by the Nazis. There is a bit of love story and suspense but overall disappointing. The Light in the Runds was not nearly as good as The Hour of the Witch, the first book I read by Bohjalian which was excellent. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Sep 11, 2021 |
Though it seemed to drag, the book held my interest enough to complete it. Set in two different time periods, 1945 when WWII is beginning to end, though the Germans still try to kill as many as possible, and then forwarding to 1955 when a Florence police detective tries to solve the mystery of why the family Rosatis, who were quite wealthy in 1945, when they discover Etruscan art in tombs on the their property.

As the Nazi's loot the tombs and try to get as much art work as possible to give to Hitler and his guards who are looting art throughout Europe wherever they can find it. During this time period, the author weaves a love story of one of the Rosati daughters who falls in love with an SS man whose mission is to supervise the stealing of the art.

In 1955, someone is brutally killing the remaining Rosatis, and it is up to Serafina Bettini, a wise detective who was maimed during an attempt to crush the Germans in their villas. Serafina is mandated to discoverer why the hearts are removed from the victims ten years after the war is over. ( )
  Whisper1 | Dec 6, 2020 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML: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 way

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