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ARC Review:  The Lighthouse by Fran Dorricott


Six friends travel to a remote island north of the Scottish Highlands for an old school reunion. They’ve rented The Lighthouse – a stunning, now abandoned building that was once notorious for deaths at sea.
On the first evening, someone goes missing. The group search all through the night to no avail. But when the five remaining friends return to the lighthouse early the next morning, they are shocked to find James inside. He’s looks terrified – but won’t say a word about where he’s been.
The party vow to put the strange night behind them and enjoy the rest of their stay, but when more unexplained things begin to occur, tensions escalate. It’s clear James knows something, but nothing will persuade him to give up the secrets of the island. Is he protecting his friends from a terrible truth, or leading them into more danger?


Six friends, now in their thirties, come together for a reunion on a remote Scottish island.  They’re staying in a cottage next to a lighthouse steeped in history. Strange occurrences begin to happen, including items that disappear and then reappear. The reader is constantly questioning if these are paranormal occurrences or not?  There’s a chilling and ghostly atmosphere, tensions start to build from the start and this is reinforced by the lack of phone signal and the ghostly stories connected with the lighthouse.  This lonely, windswept location is the perfect setting for the story. It’s well written, the writing is descriptive and you really get a sense of the cold, austere landscape and its complete isolation.  

The story starts off really well, sadly it lost the suspenseful atmosphere as the story unravelled and it became very predictable.  I kept pushing on expecting a really exciting twist to the tale or a surprising revelation.  The ending is disappointing and very anticlimactic after the initial build up.  It felt very sudden and the revelations in last few pages felt like an easy way out.  That being said it’s an enjoyable read with a fantastic spooky build up, chilling atmosphere and great characters but just needed a more riveting ending.  

Publisher: Avon
Publication Date (UK): 3 February 2022
Format:  Paperback 
Page Count: 368
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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