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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maeve Binchy Narrator: Fionnula Flanagan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750096
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Night after night the beautiful woman walked beside the serene waters of Lough Glass. Until the day she disappeared, leaving only a boat drifting upside down on the unfathomable lake that gave the town its name. Ravishing Helen McMahon, the Dubliner with film-star looks and unfulfilled dreams, never belonged in Lough Glass, not the way her genial pharmacist-husband Martin belonged, or their spirited daughter Kit. Suddenly, she is gone and Kit is haunted by the memory of her mother, seen through a window, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face. Now Kit, too, has secrets: of the night she discovered a letter on Martin’s pillow and burned it, unopened. The night her mother was lost. The night everything changed forever…

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/12/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. I found it really interesting to follow Kit grow and come to accept the way her life turned out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/9/2014

    " Not really my type of book, but an excellent slice of life read about "ordinary" people. Maeve Binchy is a talented writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimmy | 2/8/2014

    " Highly depressing and too long x "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lainee | 2/7/2014

    " Thought the premise of the book was unoriginal and didn't enjoy it AT ALL!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/31/2014

    " I liked how the author showed the different events through the eyes of several of the characters. It made me have a little sympathy for Helen, whom I really didn't like. As a matter of fact, I feared that the story would unfold like Anna Karenina. And I was extremely pleased that it did not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayzee Jusayan | 1/26/2014

    " This book was instrumental in breaking me free from the nancy drews and sweet valley twins series.. Thank God for Maeve Binchy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Stowell | 1/24/2014

    " Great book with lots of twists and complications. It wasn't what I was expecting at all, but I was pleasantly surprised! Set in mid-twentieth century Ireland about a girl whose mother disappears one night and a body is found in the lake several months later...Can't say any more--wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Alexander | 1/21/2014

    " Definantly one of her best, it combined her unique style with ana amazing story which is really haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/21/2014

    " Great Mother Daughter story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/20/2014

    " Seemed to me a different style of novel for her but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckie Shotwell | 1/12/2014

    " A little predictable, but interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 12/13/2013

    " I feel like I am at home with these well defined characters. I miss them when I have finished the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Lindsay | 12/6/2013

    " I read this book at the lake one summer. Jet lag and coffee kept me up late at night, so I read it in a few days. A bit melodramatic I would say, but a good vacation read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaine | 11/29/2013

    " Sadly, just not the genre I am used to. Nothing to do with the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 8/31/2013

    " The lives of the most upstanding families are not always as one would think. A look inside a troubled family. Touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Casmer | 8/24/2013

    " Not sure I should even rate this one since I abandoned this half way through. I love listening to Maeve Binchy books, but I tried to actually read this one myself and something is lost without the Irish accent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anel Landicho | 5/8/2013

    " It is true that reading Binchy's books is like coming home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/22/2013

    " Very long, very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juveriya | 1/19/2013

    " says the daily happenings of our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/26/2012

    " One of Binchy's best novels, not as fluffy as some of her later works. A serious story about life and death, both physically, and as it pertains to friendships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janna | 8/13/2012

    " I first read this book while on vacation in Aruba back in 1997. Between my dropping it in the tub on that vacation and re-reading it about 6 times, it's pretty much falling apart but I refuse to get a new copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Fuss | 6/5/2012

    " I love all Maeve Binchy novels. they aren't deep, but the stories absorb me and bring me to another world when i need to get away innocently. Tara Road was good too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 5/1/2012

    " A good, solid "Binchy" novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 4/5/2012

    " An engaging story and an easy read. The ending is vaguely anticlimactic, but the pleasure of reading this fluid and elegant tale makes up for it. Binchy is the type of author who really transports the reader to a different time and place when they take up her novels. A real pleasure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanan | 2/29/2012

    " I love this author. I love the characters and stories she creates. She never disappoints!! Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/12/2011

    " I loved Binchy, although this isn't my favorite, Circle of Friends and This Year It Will Be Different hold pride of place. She gets at the good and bad in small towns so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 8/26/2011

    " This was my first Maeve Binchy book and now I'm hooked on this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cariza | 5/18/2011

    " Quite a good story line. Started off a bit slow but once I got into I really enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 4/22/2011

    " Beginning to recognize a Binchy pattern: unfaithful fellow, woman gets up the pluck to start a business, hopeful note at end. Still, many parts riveting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dragonfly | 4/18/2011

    " My first book by Ms Binchy and I have looked forward to reading all her book since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sdhall0824 | 4/2/2011

    " I love all her books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/21/2011

    " The Glass Lake - a story of a mother's secret, a daughter's courage and the bond between them that nothing or no one can destroy.

    I wish this novel could have gone on and on and on....... I would like to have known what lay ahead for more of the characters in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dora | 3/16/2011

    " A haunting book. What would you do faced with such decisions? I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/21/2011

    " *My copy actually has 757 pages in it.
    Great book, I hated to finish it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 2/19/2011

    " A great story in Binchy's excellent writing style. The extra bonus is learning Irish & British slang, plus new words and phrases that are familiar in Ireland - "banjaxed", "she's the bee's knees" and "is like a wet week" - just to name a few! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna | 1/31/2011

    " I first read this book while on vacation in Aruba back in 1997. Between my dropping it in the tub on that vacation and re-reading it about 6 times, it's pretty much falling apart but I refuse to get a new copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LindyLouMac | 1/27/2011

    " I read this in 1995 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saira | 12/29/2010

    " I liked this one more than Circle of Friends :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 12/28/2010

    " Ms. Binchy surely has a grasp on human nature and how we change as we grow up. Clio and Kit are fun to imagine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/6/2010

    " I had forgotten how good Maeve Binchy's booka were. Not read one for a while, enjoyed it very much. "

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About the Author
Author Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy (1940–2012) was the author of numerous bestselling books, including Minding Frankie, Heart and SoulWhitethorn Woods, and Circle of Friends, as well as Tara Road, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She contributed to GourmetO, The Oprah MagazineModern Maturity; and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. Married to Gordon Snell, she lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012 at the age of seventy-two, shortly after finishing A Week in Winter.

About the Narrator

Fionnula Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. From an early age she grew up speaking both English and Irish on a daily basis. Her parents weren’t native Irish speakers but wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the language. Her mother used to say, “A nation without a language is a nation without a soul”. Fionnula has said she will be forever grateful to them for that. She was educated at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin and in Switzerland. She moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and lives with her husband, psychiatrist Dr. Garrett O’Connor, in Beverly Hills. Of her enormous body of work, including stage, television and film, she might be most well-known for James Joyce’s Women, in which she plays six different women who had a profound influence on James Joyce‘s life. Besides giving an award-winning performance, she also wrote, adapted and produced the piece for the stage, and subsequently as a feature film. She believes Joyce is the most important writer in the English language, most notably for Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake and The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.