The Lighthouse Witches seems to be the second book I've read this year in which a lighthouse has a pivotal role. (see Lamplighters) At first, I wondered if the plots might be the same. They both feature people who go missing from a lighthouse without explanation. That's however where the similarities end. This book is totally different in content and atmosphere. In my opinion this one trumps Lamplighters, but it's a close run thing.
The story is told through two voices, first the mother who brings her children in the dead of night to a lighthouse on a remote Scottish island to paint a mural. The other is the tale told through her daughter, Luna, years later. Twenty years on from when her mother and two sisters went missing, her sister turns up and is exactly the same, except instead of being older, she's the same age as when she disappeared.
The story builds wonderfully. Witchcraft, wildings, and a touch of magic set against the burning of suspected witches in the past set a dark background to the story. The two storylines take you deep into the story as you are lead down one rabbit hole after another. The ending when the two stories collide in the present is glorious. I didn't see it coming and it gave me that wow moment.
A truly enjoyable and irresistible read. Five stars all the way