BLOGWORDS – Friday 6 JANUARY 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE GLASS LAKE by MAEVE BINCHY
FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE GLASS LAKE by MAEVE BINCHY
An incandescent novel of love, obsession, and the secrets that take root in the human heart, by the author of The Copper Beech and Circle Of Friends. Lough Glass is at the heart and soul of the namesake town clinging to its shore. They say that if you go out on St. Agnes’ Eve and look into the lake at sunset you can see your future. But beneath its serene surface, the lake harbors secrets as dark and unfathomable as the beautiful woman who night after night walks beside its waters. Lough Glass is home to Kit McMahon, in a way it will never be to her lovely mother, Helen, who does not fit in with the ways of the people of Lough Glass, and who found an unlikely mate in the genial pharmacist Martin McMahon. Kit adores her mother, but can’t escape the picture of her, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face… or walking alone by the glass lake. Then one terrible night Martin’s boat is found drifting upside down in the lake. The night Helen is lost. The night Kit discovers a letter on Martin’s pillow and burns it, unopened, in the grate. The night everything changes forever.
THE FIRST LINE:
Kit always thought the Pope had been at her mother and father’s wedding.
There’s an eensy bit of personal history with this book. Without too much history, I had suffered chronic clinical depression for many years. In 1995 I faced that head on, and at some point in ’96, I was at the store and did what all good authors and readers do—I saw a book and bought it. That book was The Glass Lake. It was just shy of 700 pages and I read it in a week, something that had been impossible with depression.
The story was riveting to me, the storytelling captivating, and Ms. Binchy instantly became a new favourite author. (and now I’ll have to read it again, don’tcha know?)
Five stars, definitely five stars.
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