Book Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE by Christopher Parker

The back cover blurb for this book got me interested right away. Haunted lighthouse? Strange events? Yes, please!

Right from the beginning, it tugged on my heartstrings. As the events unfolded and things were oddly connected together, I got more curious and more emotionally invested in the story. I read from Chapter 26 to the end in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Once I got to the OMG moment, I knew I would be reading until the last page, long into the night. And those last few chapters had me dabbing my eyes with tissues. It was bittersweet to finish the last words!

I think the author does a good job at connecting all the pieces together. It is the kind of story that is fantastical, but he presents it in a believable way. We can’t truly know what happens in these circumstances, but I like to believe that something does. If you enjoyed the movie (or novel) The Shack, you’ll enjoy this book. It was a lighter read than the thrillers I am usually drawn to, so it was a welcome change of pace for me. I loved when everything started coming together and you start to understand the bits and pieces that were woven in from the start.

From the author’s website:

Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman’s breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs.

Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town’s lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community.

Amy Tucker is only visiting for the night and has no plans to get caught up in the hysteria, but that changes when she meets Ryan, the loyal, hard-working son of a ranch owner who lives on the outskirts of town.

Their chance encounter turns into an unforgettable weekend, and against the backdrop of the lighthouse-obsessed town, the two of them forge a deep connection, opening their hearts, baring their souls, and revealing secrets long kept hidden.

But as they grow closer, and as the lighthouse glows ever brighter, a startling discovery about Ryan leaves Amy questioning everything she thought she knew. To uncover the truth about her new friend, Amy will need to enter Seabrook’s ominous tower, where waiting inside she will not only find the reason why fate has brought them together… but a shocking secret that will change the course of their lives forever.”

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an emotional story that centres around ideas about fate and connections to others. It’s a novel that can be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike.

Thanks so much to Christopher and Books Forward for the lovely swag package that arrived with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Have you read it? What did you think?

You can find Christopher Parker on his website at, on Twitter @ChrisParkerNZ, Instagram @christopherparkerwrites, and Facebook @christopherparkerwrites.

Published by kathleenfoxx

Author of domestic thrillers and gothic horror.

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