My first experience with Binchy, The Lilac Bus, didn't really thrill me. So it was with trepidation that I started this book. But it completely redeemed Binchy for me; I really enjoyed it.
has a strange family dynamic. Her father the pharmacist is content to
sleep in a different room from her mother. And her mother, well she's a
wild spirit that wanders around the lake at odd times. Until one day
she wanders and doesn't come back, and a boat shows up capsized. But
Kit's mother has another secret. One that just grows harder to keep
with age and could have the whole small town reeling if it was ever
found out. And it is amidst this that Kit has to grow up and find her
own place in the world, despite everyone's expectations of her.
actually found Kit to be a secondary character to her mother Lena. She
just wasn't written as strongly. She's likable though and definitely
has strong thoughts on everything and seemingly knows what she wants.
Which is admirable. She doesn't ever back down. Lena is actually a
little weaker in that regard. She is able to be pushed around by the
men in her life despite being strong in all other aspects. But she's
kind and even if I initially didn't like her, you have to admire her
resilience. There's a whole cast of secondary characters too and they
each have their own stories. I do feel that some of them were
unresolved but they added a little something to the story whenever they
This was a long ongoing story. At times it was
even tedious and slow moving. But it was interesting for the most part
and I like how Binchy showed that even life in a small town can be
complicated. And all of it felt real, like something that could happen
in real life. She had you cursing at the characters for some things and
loving them for others. And there wasn't too much jargon or anything
to make it hard for people not familiar with the culture to understand
what was going on. Maybe a mention of "chips" now and then, but that
seemed to be it. Overall, it was well written and just felt authentic.
won't write off Binchy now after this book. It was a definite
improvement over the other that I had read and I hope the rest turn out
to be just as good.
The Glass Lake