The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny

The Nature of the Beast

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2015-08-25
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 1,092 Ratings


The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny.

Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.

And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.

A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.

Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.


  • The Nature of the Beast

    By Newbienomore
    Penny's eleventh book weaves an historical event into a very intriguing plot while portraying her characters with authentic emotions of real people.
  • The nature of the beast

    By She She 1192
    What's happened? This and "the long way home" are your weakest offerings.... Take a break and get hold of the writer you ARE! Wait, wait, wait until you have once again the mystery worth writing! Then I will be back!
  • Fabulous!

    By iTunesROX
    Yet another thoroughly entertaining book by Louise Penny. I could not put this one down and was sad to see it end.
  • the Nature of the Beast

    By Denurse2
    Louise Penny has done it again. Can't wait for the next book.
  • Magnificent!

    By Scrabble tile
    Such a wonderful book, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • Could've been better.

    By LaRockera02
    The ending was rushed. The story of the child was just pushed into the background for like half of the book. Too much back and forth.
  • The Nature of the Beast

    By Hat36
    Louise Penny's prior Gamache books have been well written, suspenseful, and also charming. There has been a well wrought dichotomy between Three Pines , with its wonderful characters, and the Gamache city life. At the end of the book we learn that the events are based on a true story. Somehow this plot feels forced into the Three Pines landscape I fell asleep constantly while reading this book. This is not much of a recommendation as a page turner.
  • Another great one!

    By Violin Afficionado
    I enjoyed this book tremendously! I am grateful to be aware of such a talented and prolific author.
  • Another creepy and entertaining mystery

    By ZoeyTux
    Louise Penny is really skilled at taking an event in history and turning it into a twisted mystery. Her books reveal new and unusual tidbits about each of her ongoing characters which keeps me coming back for more.
  • Another great one!

    By Ok rag
    A continuing excellent story in the series. LP is a masterful writer. Once you begin reading, you can stop. Her characters are real. The mystery is very entertaining. All her novels are highly recommended.