The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex: shining a light on a dark mystery

Blurb on the back:

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 table is set for a meal left uneaten.

What happened to those three men, out on the tower?

Can their secrets ever be recovered from the waves?

Twenty years later, a writer approaches the women they left behind, determined to solve the puzzle. Helen, Jenny and Michelle should have been united by the tragedy; instead, it drove them apart. But only in confronting their darkest fears can the truth begin to surface…

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex (2021) is the kind of book that hooks you in from the first pages and refuses to let go.

Equal parts mystery, thriller, a love story and psychological drama, with a measure of ghost story thrown into the mix, this is a novel full of suspense and intrigue.

I’ve never read anything like it, and will miss it now I’ve finished it.

Unbelievably, it is based on a true story: three keepers disappeared from a lighthouse in 1900. Stonex explains that story as the source of her inspiration here.

Highly recommended: you won’t be able to put this book down!


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