Sunday 24 January 2016

The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni

The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Miranda is nature photographer who has traveled all over the world, and her assignment, this time, is on the Farallon Islands, outside of the coast of California. She is there to stay for 1 year. The only other people on the island are scientists studying the fish and bird population around and on the island. Through letters to her deceased mother, we get the full story about what happens during the year.

This book took me by surprise! I started to read this book a while ago, couldn't get into it. Only managed a couple of pages. Picked up where I left the other day and the story just floored me! it's not a very cheerful story, but it's captivating.

I think that reading a book through letters is an interesting choice, and it gave the book a very special way of retelling what happened on the island. For one thing, Miranda is writing letters to her mother that did when she was a teenager and it's a way for her to communicate with her mother and throughout the book one realize that Miranda has never really been able to let her mother go, to get on with her life. She has spent her life moving around the world, writing letters that no one will read. But on Farallon Island will action against her and things she does change everything for her.

The writing is superb, it draws you into the story. One can really feel the isolation on the island. The harsh world. The merciless world. And, the loneliness there, despite the little group of people. I would never manage a year out there, well not without a pile of books at least.

I was really impressed with the book and I want to read more by Abby Geni.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

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