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The Lightkeeper's Daughter Book Review

The Lightkeeper's Daughter Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

Check out Kidzworlds book review on Iain Lawernces novel The Lightkeepers Daughter. Lawerence is also the author of The Wreckers and The Smugglers.

Author: Iain Lawrence

It's hard not to fall in love with every one of the character's in The Lightkeeper's Daughter. Each and every member of the McCrae family manages to befriend you in this novel about the family's struggles on Lizzie Island. Murray McCrae, Lizzie Island's light keeper, is bound and determined to live his whole life out on this tiny island in the middle of the Northern Pacific Ocean, even if it means watching his own family fall to pieces.


Family Strife

Murray McCrae never wants to leave Lizzie Island. Unfortunately, his love for Lizzie causes a lot of heartache, death and anger for his little family. His son Alastair dies when he is just 14, and his daughter Squid becomes pregnant when she is only 13. When it comes time for Squid to have her baby, Murray still doesn't leave the island to go with her to the hospital - he leaves that task to his wife Hannah. Years go by and Murray sticks to his same routine as the lightkeeper.


The Bottom Line

The Lightkeeper's Daughter starts out with Squid returning home for the first time in three years, now 17. The story moves back and forth from the present to the past, unveiling all that has taken place on the remote island. Things in The Lightkeeper's Daughter never actually go the way you are hoping they will, but instead happen they way they would in real life, which can be frustrating. When you come to the last line in the story though, you'll feel like you have been apart of something very special.


The Lightkeeper's Daughter Rating: 5


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