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Louise Penny Writing Styles in How the Light Gets In

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Point of View

The story is told from the point of view of an omniscient third person narrator. This narrator knows the emotions and thoughts of all the characters and is able to bounce back and forth from character to character as the story progresses. As this story involves many different characters, each with their own unique role in the novel, there would be no way to tell the complete story using any other point of view.

In some parts of the novel, especially as the story reaches its climax, the narrator often switches quickly back and forth between two different but consecutive story lines. For instance, the writer uses this technique to cover both Jerome and Nichol’s act of breaking into the Surete’s computer system and the reactions of Francoeur and Tessier to the breach in an almost simultaneous manner.

The story is told through...

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