Making up for lost time…I’ve got another book review for you! Since this book may very well end up on my top favorites for the year, I didn’t want to let it slip by without reviewing it.
I first heard about The Light Between Oceans from my mom, who read it awhile ago. I think it was around the same time I kept hearing about All the Light We Cannot See, and I never got back around to reading this one after finishing the other. (The two books are not related AT ALL. The titles are just similar enough that I lumped them together in my head.) Aside from having “light” in the title, both books are also PHENOMENAL pieces of literature. I was sucked into this one from the start – hence a book review so soon after my last!
This book takes place in Australia and off the coast, where Tom Sherbourne is the keeper of the lighthouse on Janus Point. He and his wife endure life and all that comes with it while they are out there for years at a time, but they do it without the comforts of civilization. The way of life on Janus Point is like a bubble – both beautiful and isolating all at once – and it is jarred to an unimaginable extent when reality from the shore collides with it.
I lost myself in the characters and their lives. I found myself fighting for one person only to root for the other by the very next page. Stedman is a master at blurring the lines of right and wrong, which often seem so black and white. This book thrives in the gray areas in between and explores them at a depth that leaves you tinkering with your own sense of morality. I don’t want to go into too much detail for fear of giving something away, but I can only say good things about this book. Stedman totally captured the time period and lifestyle of a lighthouse keeper, and her characters were as complex as the story she wrote for them. Rumor is that there will be a movie version of this book soon…I hope that’s true, and if it is, I really hope it does this story justice!
Rating: 4/5 stars
Stats: 345 pages
Recommended for: Anyone looking for an escape to the other side of the world without the cost of a plane ticket 🙂