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Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Lighthouse by Fran Dorricott, published by Avon Books.

Book Description

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?

A chilling, gripping and powerfully atmospheric suspense novel with a gothic edge, perfect for fans of The Hunting Party and The Sanatorium.

No one expected them to go there. The question is: will any of them leave?

The Lighthouse was one of my most anticipated reads so far this year and it definitely lived up to the hype! A haunting and atmospheric tale set on a remote island in coastal Scotland, its main attraction, a majestic lighthouse. A school reunion brings the cast of characters together and when one goes missing only to turn up the next morning in the lighthouse distraught and unable to say where he has been, adds to the ominous vibe and mystery that is showcased throughout the story.

This one had me flicking the pages furiously in anticipation of what was to come, the tension and suspense at times was suffocating and I was desperate to find out the secrets the island was hiding. This is a very well executed tale that Derricott brings to life perfectly and I was kept on the edge of my seat in the lead up to all being revealed All round this is a smashing read and I look forward to reading more from her.

Thank you to Fran Derricott, Avon Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Lighthouse, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Let Get to Know Fran Dorricott

Fran Dorricott is an author based in Derby, where she lives with her family, two cats, and three dogs (one of whom weighs more than she does). She holds a degree in American Literature with Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from City University London.

Fran is also a bookseller working in the Derby branch of Waterstones, which is secretly just a way for her to fuel her ridiculous book-buying addiction.


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