The Lamplighters

The Lamplighters

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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 . . .

The Lamplighters is a heart-stopping mystery rich with the salty air of the Cornish coast, and an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the real and the imagined.

Title:The Lamplighters
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781529047318
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    The Lamplighters Reviews

  • Paromjit

    For this novel, Emma Stonex takes inspiration from the Eilean Mor lighthouse mystery on the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides in 1900 where lighthouse keepers disappeared. She shifts the location an...

  • Jayme

    1972 All three of the Maiden House lighthouse keepers have vanished.The clocks have both stopped at 8:45The table is set for a meal for two, not threeThe log entries tell of a storm, not recorded else...

  • Carolyn Walsh

    4.5 Stars. I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Canada for this atmospheric and haunting book. Its author, Emma Stonex, was inspired by the mysterious, unsolved disappea...

  • Diane S ?

    Miles off the Cornish coast sits Maiden Rock lighthouse. Maiden Rock is what they call a tower lighthouse, meaning there is not actual property attached, just a twenty foot concrete base. In 1972, aft...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’Today it’s soundless. Jory knows loud seas and silent seas, heavy seas and mirror seas, seas where your boat feels like the last blink of humankind on a roll so determined and angry that yo...

  • JanB

    I love unsolved mysteries and true crime so I was eager to read this book knowing it was based on a true story. Unfortunately the multiple characters and the writing style, which was very detached, ma...

  • imhear (A Little Haze)

    The Lamplighters is inspired by a true life mystery when three lighthouse keepers disappeared from a lighthouse without a trace in 1900. Here the action is moved to 1972 when the lighthouse keepers di...

  • Kay

    Overall The Lamplighters was a 3⭐ read with the ending slightly higher, but not quite four stars.Let's just say I've been intrigued by the real mystery which this novel is based on. The disappearanc...

  • Marchpane

    The Lamplighters is a locked room mystery—or rather ‘locked lighthouse’, the kind only accessible by boat—with gothic vibes and a moody 1970s Cornwall setting. Three lighthouse keepers vanish ...

  • Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    This is a hard book for me to review. I really enjoyed it but I’m having trouble expressing how I felt about it. It’s one of those quiet books that builds slowly and then throws something shocking...