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  • Beautiful and Haunting

    The Lamplighters is inspired by the true-life events of the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in the Flannen Isles Lighthouse in 1900. All 3 keepers disappeared with no trace and to add to the locked room mystery, all of the clocks had stopped. It’s a great starting point for the novel, although all other elements are fictional but it really makes you think about what could have happened. At the end of The Lamplighters Emma Stonex credits anthologies and memoirs that belonged to real keepers. There is an impressive list of background research and this really comes through in the text. The description of the claustrophobic and atmospheric backdrop of The Maiden Lighthouse feels so grounded in reality and the whole book is beautifully written and haunting. The book changes narrative perspective quite frequently, and we move between chapters set in the past, from Lighthouse Keepers Arthur, Bill and Vince before their disappearance and 20 years afterwards from their partners Jenny, Helen and Michelle. The women’s chapters are also interspersed with transcripts of interviews with an author and also a few official documents. This had the potential to become quite confusing but I found most of the characters to be well-defined. My only light criticism was that I found Bill and Arthur to be quite similar voices at the beginning of the book which did confuse me a little on occasion. I liked how each person was keeping a secret which is hinted at before being slowly revealed and some were more prevalent than others as to the relevance of the disappearance. There are a lot of red herrings and I jumped between guessing the conclusion many times. The woman’s chapters in particular were very harrowing – showing how lonely and isolating the men’s jobs were, not only for them but also for the people around them. Although it was a noble profession it made me glad that the job is now automated as it must have been difficult for all family members to endure. Overall, The Lamplighters is a beautiful and hauntingly written book which brings an old unsolved mystery back out into the open. Thank you to NetGalley & Pan Macmillan – Picador for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Super!

    Super writing. I loved it. Gripping and interesting from the first line, with well developed characters. I'm looking for more from this author.

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  • Good read

    A complex story. Three lighthouse keepers disappear from their lighthouse. It's seemingly impossible and their employer does not want to investigate. A writer takes up the subject years later to resolve the mystery. I didn't find the solution convincing but the characters are well written.

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  • Captivating

    I have had this book on my to be read pile for a while I'm ashamed to say. But I am so glad to have settled down with it at last. It builds slowly as each aspect of the characters and their views of the same event are revealed. The atmosphere draws you in and descriptions of the sea resonate as I live by the sea snd the many colours of the sky and sea are familiar to me. It has held my attention and gripped me throughout.

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  • Definitely A Page Turner

    Wow, what a story. I found this subject very interesting and wondered how the author would manage to pull off writing this mystery. This book is well written and the descriptions of people and places leave nothing to the imagination. I wasn't sure if I was really enjoying reading this and when I realised a lot of the dialogue is talking to the writer and then it all clicked into place for me. I will say that by the end this story I was turning the pages faster and not wanting to put it down. A throughly enjoyable and exciting read, I received this arc for free and wanted to give an honest review. Thank you to the author and #NetGalley for this opportunity.

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