The Lamplighters (Paperback)Emma Stonex (author)
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The unresolved fate of three Cornish lighthouse keepers haunts the community, and especially the trio of women who loved them, in this uniquely crafted and darkly evocative novel.
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...
Inspired by real events, The Lamplighters 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 25 mm
'Beautifully written and evocative, this is a mystery, a love story and a ghost story, all at once. It kept me gripped throughout, and I didn't want it to end. Wonderful.' - S J Watson, bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep
Outstanding. Literary and insanely gripping.' - India Knight
An intoxicating and beautifully written mystery about love and loss, as moving as it is suspenseful.' - C.L. Taylor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Missing
'Compulsive, taut, and unforgettable. The Lamplighters is that rare book which is as exquisitely written as it is page-turning. I'm already telling everyone I know to read it.' - Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters
'A gorgeous page-turner that is at once a mystery and a novel about mysteries - about how we all write our own endings and suffer betrayals, but still light the lamps so the people we love can find their way home.' - Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat
'A beautifully written, utterly compelling tale.' - Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe
'The Lamplighters transported me effortlessly to the mysterious Maiden Rock and life on the Cornish coast. Stonex creates a most engaging collection of voices and perspectives that unveil what happened in true pager-turner fashion, a mystery told through vivid prose that had me completely absorbed from start to finish. Haunting, harrowing and heartbreaking, this is a novel that will stay with you.' - Ashley Audrain, author of The Push
'A deeply atmospheric and utterly gripping mystery... Superb.' - Wyl Menmuir, Man Booker Prize longlisted author of The Many
'The Lamplighters took my breath away. A cracking mystery, perfectly plotted, and oh-so-beautifully written.' - Lucy Diamond
'Wise, beautiful and quietly devastating, The Lamplighters gets under the skin in a way that few books do. Weeks on from reading the last page, it still makes my heart ache.' - Kate Riordan, author of The Heat Wave
'The Lamplighters is one of the most magical books I've ever read. The writing is dazzlingly good. The mystery is uniquely crafted and utterly beguiling. And it's full of such tenderness and humanity and grace. I loved it with all my heart.' - Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers
'I can't remember when I last enjoyed a book this much. The Lamplighters is a compulsive, bewitching read. The sea and wind get into your bones, the riddle pulling you through the pages like a tide. Deftly written and atmospheric, I didn't want it to end. Brilliant.' - Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds
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