HM Book Review: The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton [ARC]

  • Publisher: SPCK, Marylebone House
  • Publication Date: 15 October 2019
  • Link: SPCK
  • CW: abuse, suicide

Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away.

Her husband Jack is desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah does not want to be found. She’s run away to be alone, to face a moment of truth that will mean life or death.

And there’s someone else seeking answers up here on the high cliffs where the seabirds soar . . . A man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four hundred foot drop, who is discovering that sometimes love takes you to the edge.

NetGalley Description

Disclaimer: A copy of this title was provided to me by NetGalley and SPCK in exchange for an honest review. Thus, an honest review this will be. Also, I try as much as possible to avoid spoilers, but read at your own risk.

I have to say, I really struggled with this book. While I don’t have the speed I used to have in reading books, I can still tell whether I am slow at reading because I’m just slow, or I’m too busy, or because I am having a difficult time in reading the book. And this kind of fell into the last category. It took me around two months to finish this book. This book didn’t really captivate me in the way I hoped, and the chapters, while they were short, I couldn’t breeze through. I had to stop after two to three short chapters at a time, as if I can only take this book at small doses. I almost stopped at one point, and I don’t really DNF (“did not finish”) books, so that’s how bad it got.

There was a point in the story where my interest got piqued, and that helped me to continue with the book. However, it was a bit of a side story to the main plot, and it is a bit telling if that’s what got my interest more than the main plot. The book also pulled me in a bit more at around the final 30 to 40 pages of the story, so there is that at least.

With respect to the characters and POVs, the changes in the POV the story is in wasn’t the best to me. My favorite character is probably the Keeper, and after him I didn’t really care much about the rest. I just didn’t connect with Sarah and Jack, the other two main characters in the story. I’m on this trend of not being nice to characters, someone stop me please? Hahaha.

While this was a struggle for me to finish, this may be a story you’re looking for, so if you’re curious, don’t hesitate in checking it out. It does deal with some serious and potentially disturbing themes, so keep that in mind, and thinking about it now, it’s a bit interesting how the different perspectives play on those themes, and perhaps it’s up to you what you really want to believe. No one is perfect here, that’s for sure.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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