A very fine book: Dialogue is excellent, the mother keeps repeating the same thing over and over, words to the effect 'please let's try to keep a semblance of normality' here, guilty people do this, the calm way in which she says she is going to kill herself, readers know she isn't joking, she is a woman on the edge. I felt Alaric's guilt, but the son's hate for Botho the lighthouse keeper, or his mother Alaric was not explosive; the father is right in thinking his son could have done more in objection to Alarics affair with Botho.
Plot has got enough conflict to make this a light read, the reader doesn't have to try too hard, I was compelled to follow the story. The adultery made me angry, the characters are sad and I empathised with margaret. Involving.