Lamplighters is a book I'd been seeing getting really good reviews. It's the tale of three men who disappeared from a lighthouse in 1972. Twenty years later an author tries to find out what happened to them. However, it's much more than that, it's the tale of life in seclusion. Locked up every day with two other men, it's the story of the lamplighters who kept our seas safe for shipping.
You start with the story about how three men go missing from a locked lighthouse with no idea where they are. A locked room mystery to end all locked door mysteries. The book concentrates on the men in the lighthouse running up to the disappearance and mixes it with the present day of how their partners and wives coped with the disaster. As I say there's more under the surface.
Lamplighters is a triumph. A brooding hulk of a book that comes to life by the humanity of those left behind. It's a tense tale, keeping you wondering how they disappeared right to the end. A story of three misfits who make the crew of the lighthouse, each being more than they first seem. You feel the storms building up, not just at sea but under the surface of the three keepers. It's a book that deserves the praise it's received.
If you like tense character based stories, then The Lamplighters is for you. A five star read.