About the book:
They say we’ll never know what happened to those men.
They say the sea keeps its secrets…
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 . . .
The Lamplighters is a heart-stopping mystery rich with the salty air of the Cornish coast, and an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the real and the imagined.
The Lamplighters was inspired by a real life mystery when in 1900 the three lighthouse keepers on the Flannan Isles lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides mysteriously disappeared, with many theories about what happened to them, even though no bodies were ever found.
This is a dual timeline novel set in 1972 in the run up to the disappearance of the three keepers on a lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall. We also return in 1992 to the three women who were left behind, in part being interviewed by a writer who intends to write a book about the disappearance.
I found the time spent on the lighthouse in 1972 to be atmospheric with a bleakness which is reflected in the personalities of the characters. There were inexplicable happenings, and moments which made more sense given the accounts in 1992.
As the book progresses we catch glimpses of secrets, some are revealed early in the story, tantalising and guiding us in the direction of the truth.
I felt so sure that I knew what had happened but when I reached that part of the book I audibly gasped because I had been so distracted by some of the secrets that it took me by complete surprise.
The Lamplighters is a book about mysteries, secrets, lies, deception, trust and betrayal that will keep you guessing. This stunning book is going to be one of my favourite reads of 2021.
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About the author:
Emma Stonex is a novelist and The Lamplighters is her debut under her own name; she is the author of several books written under a pseudonym. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an editor at a major publishing house. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two young daughters.
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