It is difficult to comment about the plot without giving something away that will spoil the surprises, of which there are many. The twists and turns as the story develops are complex and even when you correctly guess where the plot is going something unpredictable happens which throws you off balance.
The author handles time really well. The novel starts at the present and goes back to various times in Alex’s life which she re-lives or rehearses again but the juxtaposition of various parts of her past with other parts of her past and also with the present gives the novel its drive and energy.
When Alex is in her childhood the writing style reflects her immaturity and it gradually changes as she gets older. Consequently you feel as though you know her really well and as the novel moves towards its denouement you understand what she is feeling.
The ending is shockingly revelatory as you think you have got to the end before you find there is actually a bit more. The novel is cleverly constructed. The contrasting episodes from different parts of Alex’s life inform the reader’s understanding of her relationships with family, husband, extended family, colleagues and her special friend.
Essentially My Grandfather’s Eyes is a love story but not of the conventional kind. There is so much in this novel with a variety of sub-plots all of which interlink with the unfolding story of Alex’s life.
If you’ve read any of Bev (B.A.) Spicer’s other books you will know what a good writer she is. (Check out my reviews of Bunny on a Bike and Angels earlier in the blog).
My Grandfather’s Eyes affirms every opinion I have about the excellence of her writing. Apart from a few editorial glitches in one part of the book this a novel of the very highest quality and well deserving of five stars or more.