Open-handed by Chris Binchy

Synopsis:  Five characters, one place – Dublin.  In a city all seem detached and part of their own worlds – three of the characters have had different starting points having arrived from eastern Europe.  Yet as the story unfolds connections are revealed.

Review:  I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this novel mainly because it was set ‘in a web of politics, property, sex and violence’ (taken from blurb on back cover) and because intially the characters were difficult to identify.  The narrative gave a sense of detachment and so initially there seemed to be little to hold my interest.  As I read on however I found myself caught up in their personal stories, found that I had characters I was particularly rooting for and by the end had found it a very satisfying read.  I would question whether it would make a good reading group choice.  However as a personal read it quietly draws you in.

LibraryThing rating:

Other books read by this writer: No, would possibly look out for others though.

Review by JudyB

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