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The Lamplighters
The Lamplighters: A Novel | Emma Stonex
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Inspired by a haunting true story, a gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast--and about the wives who were left behind What strange fate befell these doomed men? The heavy sea whispers their names. Black rocks roll beneath the surface, drowning ghosts. And out of the swell like a finger of light, the salt-scratched tower stands lonely and magnificent. It's New Year's Eve, 1972, when a boat pulls up to the Maiden Rock lighthouse with relief for the keepers. But no one greets them. When the entrance door, locked from the inside, is battered down, rescuers find an empty tower. A table is laid for a meal not eaten. The Principal Keeper's weather log describes a storm raging round the tower, but the skies have been clear all week. And the clocks have all stopped at 8:45. Two decades later, the wives who were left behind are visited by a writer who is determined to find the truth about the men's disappearance. Moving between the women's stories and the men's last weeks together in the lighthouse, long-held secrets surface and truths twist into lies as we piece together what happened, why, and who to believe. In her riveting and suspenseful novel, Emma Stonex writes a story of isolation and obsession, of reality and illusion, and of what it takes to keep the light burning when all else is swallowed by dark.
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Brimful
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This was a great listen. An atmospheric slow burn mystery which kept you guessing. I had great sympathy with all of the characters. Each was deeply flawed but their narratives were compelling. I was pleased to hear the author acknowledge the influence of Tony Parker the late oral historian. His book The People Of Paradise has had a life long impact on me. I will definitely track down his book on light house keeping!

Cathythoughts Nice review! I have this one stacked already 2mo
Brimful I am sure you will really enjoy it! 2mo
Nute This is the second positive push that I‘ve read for this book. Definitely getting to this sooner rather than later. 2mo
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Allylu
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I got this book recommendation from a Book Tuber I follow. She said it was a hidden gem, so I decided to use it for my #BOOKED2021 “hidden gem”. It was an interesting story and the audiobook was very good. Three lightkeepers disappeared without a trace. There were 2 timelines: when it happened and 20 years later. You hear the words of the 3 women left behind given to a writer. Solve it? #136 #BookSpinBingo #3 #BFC21 #BOOKED2021 #NovelNovember

Cinfhen Great choice 😊 2mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect pick! Yay BookTube! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This one is on my TBR as well!! 2mo
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batsy
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What's not to love about a lighthouse story? There's always something inherently creepy, alienating, & unsettling about the conditions of life in a lighthouse. In this one, three lighthouse keepers disappear in 1972; they are never found. A writer emerges in 1992 to interview the former wives/partners of these men. The situation is mysterious & eerie; the fragmented narrative reveals secrets, heartaches, & pain—as well as the uncanny.

batsy I enjoyed it for how it melds different genres: psychological realism, locked-room mystery, ghost story; & for doing so with strong writing & characterisation. If I was let-down, it's to do with the ending; maybe reading stuff by the likes of Shirley Jackson & Samanta Schweblin have spoiled me a bit about stories that exist in the in-between space of the banal & the unexplainable: I just wanted this book to allow itself to go totally OUT THERE. 2mo
MrsMalaprop We are halfway through watching the 2019 film The Lighthouse. And man it‘s disturbing! 😱 2mo
batsy @MrsMalaprop Oooh, I've been meaning to watch it! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻.. I‘ve been on the fence .. stacking now 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I think you might like this one, Cathy! And best enjoyed during the chilly fall/winter nights 🙂 2mo
Nute I‘ve never heard of this book, but you mentioned so many key phrases that intrigue my interest. Is this new? 2mo
batsy @Nute Yes, fairly new in that it came out earlier this year! It's an intriguing book :) 2mo
Brimful Loved this and great review 1mo
batsy @Brimful Thank you! 1mo
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Tamra
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Perfect for the haunted season! I‘d like to know more about the true story behind the novel.

Cathythoughts I‘ve been in the fence .. but you liking it has made me jump off .. I‘ll try it 👍🏻😁 3mo
AmyG I enjoyed this book, too. 3mo
Crazeedi Hmmm never heard of this but I'm now intrigued, stacking!! 3mo
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Tamra @Cathythoughts I didn‘t realize until after I Googled for the factual story that it took place in 1900. I have to wonder why the author decided to set hers in the 70‘s. 🤔 May have to Google that too. 3mo
Tamra @Crazeedi given nobody knows what really happened, I bet there have been a lot of retellings filling in the blanks. 3mo
Tamra @AmyG 😊 3mo
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andrew61
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This was a very atmospheric story capturing both the isolation and claustrophobia of life on a lighthouse in 1972 when the 3 inhabitants disappear without explanation. 20 yrs on a writer interviews their wives and slowly secrets emerge. A perfect story as the nights draw in and the air gets a little chillier.
#Newin2021 #booked2021 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Tamra Stacked! 3mo
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KimmyM
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4⭐ Lovely slow burn story; the lighthouse keeping details drew me in.

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ErraticElle
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Mehso-so

A very slow burn mystery with multiple POVs. The writing is good, but does lean a toward literarye. The characters were sometimes hard to distinguish. The males blended together & the females all felt crazy. I didn't particularly like any of them either, but I think this was useful as it added to the suspense by making nearly everyone a suspect. There were some good red herrings & I did not guess the ending. A decent read, just not top of my list.

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bookandbedandtea
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Part locked room mystery, part ghost story, part psychological study- this book takes inspiration from a real event, offering an explanation for the unexplainable. I liked the portions set at the time of the events, 1972 from the men's POVs, better than I liked the wives POVs 20 years later but I can see that their stories were needed to flesh out the men's. In the end, I'm satisfied, even glad of the answers the reader is given, but saddened ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ that the wives, and world at large, will never know who to blame. MVP of this story: Arthur. 7mo
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aperfectmjk
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Started this one today, enjoying it so far! #bookspinbingo #LittenListen

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 8mo
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Cazxxx
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Another book which surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. The mystery of 3 men who disappear from a lighthouse and the people they leave behind. The audiobook was really good and I felt the isolation and atmosphere in this one

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emmaturi
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I loved this book! It had me gripped to the end! The cover is fab too!

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Lizpixie
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Bk9 of May & Bk6 of #NutsInMay #readathon is done! I LOVED this book! It ticked all my boxes, it‘s a mystery, it‘s about forgiveness,it‘s set in a lighthouse in Cornwall.🙌Based on a true story, 3 lighthouse keepers disappear from an offshore tower lighthouse in 1972. The storm door is locked from the inside, both clocks stopped at the same time & the table is set. 20yrs later, the keepers widows are approached by a writer. 4.5⭐️ #PickYourPoison👇

TheAromaofBooks Oooo this one sounds good, and who could resist that cover?? 8mo
Andrew65 Doing superbly 👏👏👏 8mo
melissajayne Are you still participating in the #readingeurope2021? 6mo
Lizpixie @melissajayne yep, why? 6mo
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Lizpixie
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The 3rd book in yesterday‘s #bookmail is this colourful hardcover of The Lamplighters, a mystery/thriller based on a true story. 1972, three lighthouse keepers disappear from their shift at a remote Cornwall lighthouse. When people arrive to relieve them, they find the door locked from the inside, all the clocks have stopped & no trace of any of the men. 20yrs later, a writer approaches the 3 wives left behind to tell their story. Sounds amazing!

emmaturi I really liked this one! 8mo
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too! That cover is really arresting. So different from the US cover, though I like both. 8mo
Lizpixie @Hooked_on_books I‘m bummed I didn‘t get the edition with matching sprayed edges! With the red and blue swirled around them, it was gorgeous❤️💙 8mo
Hooked_on_books That sound amazing! 😍 Sprayed edges are such a marvelous detail. I don‘t think they‘re used often enough. 8mo
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Juliwyant
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Audiobook on loan from the library. Had to wait quite awhile for this one! Cant wait to read it!

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Breanne1
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This was a uniquely written, completely engaging mystery that was tangled with all the messy parts of life and a little bit of mysticism. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to discussing it during book club this month.

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rockpools
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Mehso-so

Loosely based on a true story, three lighthouse-keepers go missing from a remote light. 20 years later, a writer interviews their wives/girlfriends, uncovering untold secrets.

This was a quick read, that kept hold of me to the end. I enjoyed the mystery, and meeting the women, but never really fell into it as I‘d hoped to. A ridiculous quibble is under a spoiler below.

Thank you for the buddy read, folks!

rockpools The potentially supernatural elements threw me off a bit, particularly the White Rook character who, for some reason made me think of 1970s kids TV (The Boy from Space, anyone? I don‘t even remember it well enough to know why!) 9mo
squirrelbrain Yeah, I couldn‘t figure out if that was in someone‘s head or not, but I didn‘t like it. (I don‘t recall The Boy from Space though☺️ ) 9mo
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jenniferw88
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julesG I won't finish, I guess. But I have an inkling what we're talking about. 😉 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
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julesG
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Late to the party. Sorry.
#Gladstonerds @rockpools @squirrelbrain @TrishB @Oryx @youneverarrived @Caroline2 @Mitch @scripturient @Leniverse @eraderneely @jhod @jenniferw88

Wondering whether there was any information about the Flannen Isles case in the news about two years ago. Natasha Pulley's upcoming book The Kingdoms is probably based on the same true event (can't remember whether there was something in the acknowledgements).

julesG Forgot to tag @Susanita. Sorry. (and now I'm sure I forgot another Gladstonerd - my head's a leaky cauldron) 9mo
rockpools Oh, interesting. I hadn‘t read up about the real event- she‘s taken a fair bit from there. 9mo
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jhod
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Two picks for two video book clubs in a row, both worthy of plenty of discussion! Looking forward to later
@julesG @scripturient @Leniverse @TrishB @Susanita @Oryx @youneverarrived @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @Caroline2 @eraderneely @rockpools

squirrelbrain See you later! 👋 9mo
ju.ca.no Looks good! 9mo
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Juliwyant
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On hold at the library

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melissajayne
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Pickpick

4.5⭐️ I really liked the book, especially the last half of it, where the #mystery of what happened seemed to really to pickup steam. I had first heard about the book on the March 24th episode of the podcast History Extra and was immediately intrigued. The author did not let me down! I normally don‘t like books that have a mystery but this was the exception #2021 #bookreview #bookstagram #fiction #historicalfiction #mystery #thriller #lighthouses

AmyG A slow start and yes, the second half is great. 9mo
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melissajayne
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Onto working on Book 3; completed book no 2. #readathon #deweysreadathon #deweys24hourreadathon

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jenniferw88
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Crazeedi Awwww!! Sweet kitty 😻 9mo
CaffeineAndCandy Too cute 💜💜💜 9mo
Scochrane26 😻 9mo
squirrelbrain 😻 9mo
youneverarrived Aww 😻😻 9mo
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scripturient
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one. There is a longer review on my blog (www.theconstantreader.net) if anyone is interested. :) Looking forward to our bookclub discussion next week! @julesG @Oryx @squirrelbrain @TrishB @jenniferw88 @Mitch @Caroline2 @Susanita @rockpools @Leniverse

squirrelbrain Great review - you write so well! ❤️ 9mo
Caroline2 Lovely photo!! 😍 glad to hear you liked it. 👍 9mo
TrishB Great pic ❤️ 9mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚❤️📚❤️ 9mo
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rockpools
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Next, this. Can‘t quite decide if this beauty calls for a ratty old Isles of Scilly bookmark, or RNLI yellow wellies. Is that tasteless? Maybe I should save the wellies for a jolly sailing memoir. I‘ll do that.

And no, the two-books-at-a-time minimalism really didn‘t last!

Also, yes, my street is FULL of second home owners and holidaymakers, in case you were wondering. (Here goes nothing!)

#FridayRamblings

rockpools Also, No. I *really* don‘t want to travel 5 hours by public transport to meet up on a Bank Holiday. Why would I do that??! I think I‘ve officially entered the grumpy old lady phase of life. 9mo
rather_be_reading what a cute bookmark! 9mo
squirrelbrain I always try to match my bookmark to my book! The older one is a better fit this time... 9mo
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Caroline2 Tee, hee! This post made me laugh! 😆 (and I‘m totally with you. I had to go to the shops today for the first time for school uniform stuff and it was way too peopley 🙄 I‘m getting grumpy in my old age too!) 9mo
rockpools @Caroline2 Peopleyness is the worst! Thanks for understanding 🤣 9mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain I realised I was about to use a packing slip, and there‘s just No Excuse for that! 9mo
rockpools @rather_be_reading Thank you 😊 9mo
Cathythoughts I‘m interested in this book ... look forward to your review 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to sinking into it! Will let you know. Have a good weekend, Cathy. 9mo
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Cinfhen
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I ended up enjoying this more than I expected. Three men go missing from a locked lighthouse / 20 yrs later a writer seeks answers by interviewing those left behind. Told from both the men‘s POV & the remaining family members. Very atmospheric & evocative. Slow at times, but I found the audio helped with the pacing. I would have liked the characters to be better drawn, more individualized as I often mixed up who was who.

Cinfhen I liked it @AmyG 9mo
AmyG Yes to all you wrote. Exactly. 9mo
Cinfhen I would definitely read her next book @AmyG 9mo
TrishB I think the last third brought it round a bit for me! (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Yes! The last third pushed the book into the pick column for me @TrishB - I was curious to see how the mystery concluded 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Switched from print to audio and enjoying it much more @TrishB #Scribd
It‘s very atmospheric & well written ~ doesn‘t feel like a debut

Velvetfur Such beautiful flowers 💜 9mo
TrishB No, it definitely didn‘t feel like a debut. 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I‘m tempted by this one 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s a bit inconsistent @Cathythoughts I‘m leaning towards #BorrowNotBuy or wait for a deal / it‘s not bad but it moves slowly. I do think it‘ll make for a good bookclub discussion @TrishB 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Velvetfur you know how much I love fresh flowers 🌸 9mo
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Mitch
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I loved the claustrophobic world Stonex creates inside the lighthouse. The damp, cold stone, the coolness of the brass handrails & the continual noise of the relentless sea - sets a brilliant landscape for the inner repression & life stories of the lighthouses keepers to play out. The life events that shapes the characters felt a little cliched and because of that I didn't feel the characters stood up too well to the power of the setting.

Susanita I wanted to slap every single one of them. 9mo
rachaich It looks really peculiar... in a good way 😆 9mo
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TrishB
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Somewhere between a pick and a so-so for me, the first 100 pages seemed to drag very slowly. But I always wanted to finish it and find out what happened.
Can‘t wait to discuss with you all 😁 hope I‘ve tagged everyone!

squirrelbrain Ooh interesting! Sorry that it wasn‘t more of a pick though..... Can‘t wait to hear what you thought of the ending..... 10mo
AmyG I agree, it was slow at first. But then the info on the characters slowly started to be revealed and I wound up really liking this story. Alot of sadness. 10mo
Caroline2 Oh interesting. I‘m still on the fence with this one, not sure it‘s worth breaking my buying ban for...! 🤔 9mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain @AmyG I didn‘t hate it, I think I may have upped my own expectations! 9mo
TrishB @Caroline2 it was good enough 👍🏻 depends how tough your ban is! 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m nearly done: is it just me or did you have trouble keeping all the pov‘s straight?? It was the random others that really threw me. I think it‘ll be between a pick & so-so for me too. 9mo
TrishB @Cinfhen absolutely! I think I will memorable forget most of this one!! Kept having to remind myself who was married to who. 9mo
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Mitch
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A few years ago I spent a month living alone in the lighthouse on Sula (Norway). I‘m so glad I didn‘t take my current read with me as bedtime reading!🤣

squirrelbrain Good job you didn‘t! 😱 10mo
Jess Wow. What an experience. That sounds wonderful. 10mo
Elizabeth2 Wow! 10mo
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Mitch @Jess it was amazing! At the time it was also quite lonely- no internet and little cell coverage! But I‘m glad I pushed myself to do it! 10mo
rachaich That's inspiring x 10mo
nanuska_153 😱 I always wanted to live in a lighthouse! That sounds amazing 10mo
Simona How wonderful experience! 10mo
TrishB Wow 😯 that‘s awesome! 10mo
AmyG Oh wow....what an experience! How did this come to happen? 10mo
SamAnne It looks on the edge of the world 9mo
Mitch @AmyG It was a photography commission to create a new piece of work... so I spent a month living in the lighthouse, making new work! 9mo
Mitch @SamAnne It felt like! It was a mammoth journey - of many buses, many boats to get there! 9mo
UwannaPublishme How cool! What a memorable experience you must have had! 🙌🏻 9mo
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TrishB
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#currentread Carrying on with the beautiful looking book today (thanks @Oryx !). Hoping the others stay in bed for a bit so I can have some peaceful reading time.
Commented on a few posts this morning and comments have disappeared so they‘ll probably reappear later when I comment again just to make you look daft!!

rockpools So pretty! And yes, I‘m getting notifications then the comments show up 15 minutes later... 10mo
squirrelbrain I‘m so jealous of that edition! Hope you enjoy.... 10mo
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BekaReid love the decorative page edges! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Are you on the app or desktop? I had a similar issue with the desktop a couple of weeks ago (so did several others). I will say that when I emailed Litsy about the issue they were super nice, asked me more questions about my problem, & let me know when they thought they had fixed it so I could let them know if it was working for me. I haven't had any problems since then, so I definitely encourage you to reach out to them if the issue persists!! 10mo
MsMelissa What a beautiful edition! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm This edition is wow! 10mo
Oryx Such a pretty edition. 10mo
TrishB @BekaReid @MsMelissa @erzascarletbookgasm it is beautiful ❤️ thank you for alerting me to it Emma @Oryx 10mo
TrishB @TheAromaofBooks it seems to be ok now 🤷‍♀️ glitches do seem to occur! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Technology - so amazing when it works and nothing more aggravating than when it doesn't! 😂 10mo
LeahBergen Ooo, that‘s so pretty! 9mo
GingerAntics That is an awesome looking book! 9mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @GingerAntics it is beautiful 😁 9mo
bibliobliss 😲 beautiful 9mo
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Mitch
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My plan for this rainy Saturday afternoon.

AmyG 🙌🏻 10mo
rsteve388 I just bought this on Audio, so I'll be interested to see what you think. 10mo
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Oryx
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I did enjoy this slow reveal mystery - looking forward to discussing, especially what people thought of the ending. #gladstonerds
@squirrelbrain @julesg @Caroline2 @scripturient @eraderneely @jhod @trishb @Leniverse @jenniferw88 @youneverarrived @Susanita @rockpools

squirrelbrain Interested to hear what you thought of the ending too! It‘s a great book for discussion don‘t you think? 10mo
Caroline2 Hmm, is that a liked it but didn‘t love it review?! 🤔 I‘m a bit scared about this ending business!! 😆 endings are so important!! 10mo
Oryx @Caroline2 yeah, it's definitely a like not love. it's not going to be one rave about or revisit, but I enjoyed the story. It's an easy read too. There is a resolution I think but I just have a question about it... 🙂 10mo
TrishB Trying to get to this weekend. As always, back at work and read time has plummeted! 10mo
rockpools I need to start this one! I‘ll probably save finishing it til the 29th... 10mo
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Mitch
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Oh look what arrived today Amy. Thank you so much honey I‘m going to dive in immediately! ♥️

squirrelbrain Ooh lovely gift! I finished this recently and really liked it - be interested to hear your thoughts. 10mo
julesG Why don't you join us for the #Gladstonerds book club zoom on the 29th? 10mo
AmyG I can‘t wait to hear what you think. Enjoy, my friend. 😘 10mo
Susanita Join us!! 10mo
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Oryx
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rockpools Ooh, that‘s pretty! 10mo
squirrelbrain Ooh pretty! Wish I‘d got a hard copy now....😍 10mo
TrishB Is this a special edition hardback or all of them? Asking for a friend..... 10mo
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Oryx @TrishB It's the waterstones signed edition, but I don't know if that means the edges are different on the standard version. Might still be available? 10mo
jhod @Oryx @TrishB can report my edges are not so special 😒 lovely!!! 10mo
Caroline2 Oh lovely!!! 😍 10mo
Oryx @TrishB it's still in stock, and slightly discounted... for your friend 10mo
TrishB Friend says thank you for being so enabling and has just purchased 😁😁 10mo
Megabooks Beautiful! 10mo
julesG 😁😁 10mo
Hooked_on_books I finished this recently and really enjoyed it! Mine was an audiobook, so no cool sprayed edges. I love that look! 10mo
Caroline2 @TrishB 😆 so funny!!! 10mo
AmyG My copy was very plain. And I really enjoyed this book. 10mo
TrishB @Caroline2 couldn‘t resist the good looking book 😁 10mo
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squirrelbrain
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This is based on a real-life event, when 3 lighthouse keepers disappeared with no explanation. It‘s told mainly from the differing POVs of the 3 wives / girlfriends left behind, with some letters and newspaper articles too and we learn of many secrets over the course of the book.

I loved most of this, just not the ending. Without giving away any spoilers I read a review today in The Times that said ‘I‘m still not sure if it was...⬇️

squirrelbrain ⬆️...gulls, ghosts or guilt that caused the tragedy‘. I felt that the author *did* give us a resolution and I wasn‘t entirely convinced by it. Can‘t wait to see what my fellow #buddyreaders think! 10mo
TrishB Looking forward to this one 👍🏻 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 10mo
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rockpools Oh exciting- I‘m looking forward to this too! 10mo
AmyG I enjoyed this book alot. I didn‘t really think about what the ending would be as I figured it would be revealed. I loved how information was slowly revealed....the women whose men died told in the present and the men‘s story told in the past. 10mo
JennyM Great review- sounds a good read 10mo
BarbaraBB This sounds intriguing! 10mo
Caroline2 Interesting... not sure about the ending business tho....I like a strong ending in a book! 🤔 10mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Three men occupy a lighthouse in rotation, keeping ships safe. But at one planned rotation of staff, the lighthouse is found empty, locked from the inside. I expected this to be more of a thriller, but instead it‘s a study of those left behind, 20 years on, and a slow reveal of the men and, ultimately, their fates. It‘s really good, well balanced. I‘ll be looking for more from this author!

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Suelizbeth
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This novel was not at all what I expected. It slowly unspools until all questions are answered. Mysterious disappearances, secrets, heartaches, ghosts, madness, redemption, it‘s got it all. An incredible novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hooked_on_books I‘m just over halfway through this and enjoying it. I keep looking at the author‘s name, thinking, “if this is Emma Stone‘s pen name, it‘s not very creative.” 😂 10mo
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AmyG
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I won this on Goodreads and was not excited to read it. Turns out I really enjoyed it.
Three lightkeepers working on a lighthouse in the sea-disappear. The story is told in 2 sections: 1972, the men‘s story and 1992, the story of the women they left behind. A book about obsession, lonliness, secrets.

melissajayne I just “listened” to an interview she did on the History Extra podcast that was released today. 10mo
TrishB Love the review 👍🏻 10mo
AmyG I will have to check that out @melissajayne and thank you @TrishB 😘 10mo
Cathythoughts Yes , like @TrishB love your review! Must check this one out 10mo
AmyG @Cathythoughts Thank you! 10mo
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“...waving or drowning,...”. Is this an allusion to the poem “Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith? I love finding this type of literary gift.

AmyG I am reading this now. A slow start but it‘s a wonderful read. 10mo
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Oryx
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You know when a look says it all?

Anyway, I'm more impressed than Daisy with today's book delivery. The Lamplighters for book club and the other one was half price, so...

TrishB A good day 👍🏻 10mo
squirrelbrain Daisy says Shuggie might be a bit sad, and she‘s right... enjoy both books! 10mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain I think Shuggie will definitely have to wait for the right mood to strike before I brave it. 10mo
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jenniferw88
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rockpools How pretty are they?! 10mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I‘d forgotten about Orkney! What was the date for that one? 10mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB 25-27 June! Be there 😀 10mo
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squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! I need to read Lamplighters / I have the #ARC 😱 10mo
Oryx I think mine is being delivered today 💜 10mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB thanks for reminder 👍🏻 10mo
Caroline2 Ohhhhh what lovely covers!!! 😍 10mo
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Mitch
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2 make it onto the the TBR - covering a small village in Nigeria to the Cornish coast! Book travel is becoming so much more important to me during lockdown!

https://crimereads.com/10-novels-you-should-read-this-march/

Bookwormjillk Me too! 11mo
AmyG @Mitch ... Do you have The Lamplighters? I just read it and thought of you. Then when I looked to see who posted about it- I saw this. I can send it to you if you don‘t have it. 10mo
Mitch @AmyG sorry Amy - I wasn‘t getting notifications for a bit last week and this slipped past me. I love how we know what each other would like. Haven‘t got that title yet - but good to k ow it‘s one I‘ll love. You know your rec‘s are always spot on! 🥰 10mo
AmyG @Mitch it‘s on it‘s way to you as I type! 😘 10mo
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kezzlou85
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Well day three led to finishing two books so beat my goal of two books for this readathon. Just over 12 hours read so won't quite reach the 20 hours but still going well. #20in4
@Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s a great total 👏👏👏🙌🥳 11mo
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kezzlou85
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Pickpick

An interesting premise and the mystery had me hooked but I didn't like the way the story was written. Much of it reads like a monologue from each character with little input from the writer until the end. Its not a style of writing for me. The imagery and atmosphere at the lighthouse is so well written though and creepy. You can really sense the lonely isolation they would have felt. An interesting mystery but not the for me. 3* #Netgalley