Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife, Isabel, live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.
Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant – and the path of the couple’s lives hits a unthinkable crossroads.
Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day – as the baby’s real story unfolds …
There was no clash of opinions this month with The Light Between Oceans getting the five star, thumbs up, from all our club members. This highly emotional and at times confronting novel had our readers swinging like a pendulum between the right and wrong of it all. And more importantly, had them truly wondering what they would have done in such circumstances. A moral dilemma that makes you stop and think, is something we all look for in a novel such as this.
With further delving it was discovered that although a certain amount of empathy was felt for the characters and their plight, and the desolate and isolated setting contributed much to the story, it was the plot that kept us reading.
The choices made and actions delivered drove the story to its (some would say) foregone conclusion, but in a very passionate and emotional way, clearly meant to tug at the heart strings of the reader. Mission accomplished!
A movie is in production and will be released next year. We’ll be adding that to our watchlist.