Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M. L. Stedman
Publication Date: 31st July 2012
Format: E-Book -PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC from NetGalley
This is a very poignant and heart-felt story with real emotional depth. The book centres on the idea that decisions, even those made for all the right reasons, can have terrible consequences.
Tom and Izzy were both well written characters. I found their relationship a little forced at first, but with the arrival of Lucy, you really started to understand the two of them better. Stedman gave us just enough background on each of them for us to understand their motivations, but did not fall into the trap of long exposition.
The lighthouse is almost a character itself and I loved the wonderful sense of place and the feeling of isolation throughout the tale. Janus is almost a world unto itself and that adds further to decision Tom and Izzy make at the start of the novel.
The dialogue felt a little 'heavy' at times, but the prose was excellent - captivating and atmospheric - and the story held my interest from start to finish. At one point I thought I was going to be disappointed at the way it all ended, but then Stedman resolved the book in a way I found pleasing.
This book is a great read for fans of Literary Fiction.