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The Light in the Ruins

Chris Bohjalian

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell, Mark Bramhall

Length:

11h 28m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:38


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

31:03


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

25:52


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

20:14


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

26:43


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

20:41


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

29:05


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

23:59


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

30:53


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

43:31


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

40:27


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

28:31


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

43:31


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

33:07


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

24:32


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

11:43


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

31:02


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

20:51


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

24:12


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

24:10


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

22:10


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

26:31


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

39:23


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:14


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

22:06


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

27:30


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

00:31