Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex today. I borrowed the ebook from the library app that my local area operates. However I’m eager to buy a physical copy because I absolutely love the cover! First things first though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Cornwall, 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the shore. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a mighty storm, but the skies have been clear all week.
What happened to those three men, out on the tower? The heavy sea whispers their names. The tide shifts beneath the swell, drowning ghosts. Can their secrets ever be recovered from the waves?
Twenty years later, the women they left behind are still struggling to move on. Helen, Jenny and Michelle should have been united by the tragedy, but instead it drove them apart. And then a writer approaches them. He wants to give them a chance to tell their side of the story. But only in confronting their darkest fears can the truth begin to surface . . .
Inspired by real events, The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex is an intoxicating and suspenseful mystery, an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the real and the imagined.
For me a lighthouse holds a definite fascination so I guess I was kind of sold as soon as I knew the setting. Then when I read the description I remembered a mystery that sounded very similar to the one in this story. This was confirmed when I saw it was inspired by real events. The author takes this mystery and moulds it into an atmospheric and absorbing story.
The mystery certainly played its part and brought with it an intriguing edge. However maybe a little to my surprise it wasn’t the main focus. In fact The Lamplighters was a much more character driven story. Even though I went into this story expecting more emphasis on the mystery. I was pleasantly surprised and fully appreciated all the wonderful details that unravelled about the characters. Their fears, hopes and connections with people. This story isn’t straightforward and I loved all the intricacies that showed in places ready to surprise and hook me in even further.
The Lamplighters was a story that I wanted to savour but at the same time also needed to devour. This is a story that held my attention even when I wasn’t reading. The characters were at times flawed which definitely gave them a realistic edge. Emma Stonex brought them to life with her vivid descriptions that flowed effortlessly throughout. Their inner thoughts and feelings were revealed in an engaging way to the reader. Along with showing the day to day life at the lighthouse separated from their loved ones. Grief, secrets and loneliness are at the heart of this book which makes The Lamplighters such an intriguing and at times haunting story.