September 28, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Iain Lawrence

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

Crashing waves and rushing water set the scene for Elizabeth McCrae's homecoming. After three years away from her parents and her island home, Elizabeth (nicknamed Squid) is coming back to Lizzie Island with her three-year-old daughter in tow. Squid detests the island. Returning to her former home, she realizes that it is now like a prison to her. Trapped by the crashing waves and rocky shoreline in a place she would give anything to leave. It wasn't always this way. It used to be paradise for her. When Alastair was still alive.

Squid's older brother, Alastair died when he was only fourteen. He was out on the ocean when it happened. All that was found was his kayak and his flute, washed up on the coast the next morning. Squid, her mother, Hannah, and her father, Murray, all torment themselves silently, each thinking Alastair's death was their own fault, and the subject is never brought up between them. It would be too painful.

Throughout the book, the reader is able to piece together the holes in the plot when instances and important junctures in the character's lives are revealed. Memories from the four main characters along with entries in Alastair's long lost journals shape the details and reasons for the night of his death.

Read the book to discover the reason this tragedy took place and unearth the unexpected answers along with Squid McCrae.


  1. Tillie,

    This sounds like my kind of book. It is realistic, yet has a plot tha twists and turns in a realistic, believable setting. Are you planning on reading any more of Lawrence's books? Thanks for the heads up on this one!

  2. You're welcome! I already read one of his books called "The Convicts". It was non-fiction as well and an adventure story. However, I liked "The Lightkeeper's Daughter" better because the plot had meaning while the plot of "The Convicts" was really common and even though there was adventure, it was a little boring...