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Pharos: A Ghost Story

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Set in the early nineteenth century, Pharos is a dazzling ghost story from award-winning author Alice Thompson.

A young woman is washed up on the shores of Jacob's Rock, a remote lighthouse island off the coast of Scotland. She does not know who she is or how she got there. She has no memory. The keeper of the lighthouse and his assistant take her in and feed and clothe her
ebook, 160 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published June 6th 2002)
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Pharos: A Ghost Story by Alice Thompson was a delightful read. A pure ghost story without the gore, sex and filler you will find in today's books. I must say this was a very unexpected find and I am so glad I was able to get it.

Lucia is a woman who is plain but pretty, frightened by courageous and lost. She is without a memory and wonders how she came to the lighthouse and who exactly she is. A very interesting character who weaves through the book questioning, wondering, seeking and restless as
Brief and easy to read ghost story set on a Scottish island in the early 1800s. It is a very small island with a lighthouse, a small graveyard and crypt (obviously .... it's a ghost story) and a vegetable patch; not much else. The lighthouse keeper gets a new assistant and they find an unconscious woman on the beach. She appears to have been shipwrecked and has lost her memory. They keep her on the island and care for her. The lighthouse keepers sister comes to stay and helps out, bringing some ...more
Seregon O'Dassey
This was a great book to reflect upon in regards to nihilism and questioning reality.

"Melancholy is a dangerous friend. She will make you her slave".

A woman (later named Lucia by the light keeper's assistant) washes upon Jacob's Rock, a lighthouse island off the coast of Scotland and is taken in by the light keeper and his assistant. She doesn't know who she is, where she came from, and her amnesia never really seems to go away. She keeps seeing visions, hearing sounds, is told they're not real
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This is a brief, atmospheric ghost story. The setting, a lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Scotland, is deliciously remote and helps give the novel a dreamlike, timeless quality. The only denizens of the island are Cameron the lighthouse keeper and his apprentice, Simon, until one day a mysterious woman washes up on shore. They call her Lucia, as she has no memory of who she is or of her previous life.

Cameron and Simon feed and clothe Lucia and treat her kindly, but life on the islan
I was absolutely surprised by the book. I found it lurking half hidden on a back shelf at my library. I was a little leery when part of the title was "A Ghost Story." Not that I have anything against ghost stories, but I was worried it was an urban legend type read that you tell under a blanket with a flashlight.

Anyway, I was greatly surprised by it. It's an extremely short book that I read in a matter of hours, but it had me hooked. Thompson described everything so vividly that I felt like I w
If you have the hardcover version of this book, DO NOT read the blurb on the inside of the dust jacket. It compares the book to another work and that acts as a major spoiler for the plot. I was really mad about that, because I went into the book already predisposed to believe a certain thing. I would have enjoyed the book more without reading that comparison.

I enjoyed the story and it was unique.
Sara Dennis
A beautifully crafted tale of isolation, superstition, sanctity, the responsibility of time, the unpredictability of tide and the slow descent into madness. Themes of myth and magic, binaries of darkness and light, freedom and entrapment, nurture and cruelty run throughout the tale. Culminating in a delicate twist, the story leaves the reader wondering with whom they should sympathise.
The prose is superb and the atmosphere created is remarkable, the plot sort of fizzles at the end instead of building to a crescendo. Still, so worth the read.
Atmospheric prose and an intriguing plot, but unfortunately, it lost me at the end. Lots of potential, but ultimately this novel fell short.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Disappointing ghost tale. Rather sparse and not all that interesting.
Not bad. A good quick read - read it in one sitting.
bizarre and slightly silly. it was an easy read
I am afraid of lighthouses now.
This was more soft haunt than horror which suited me fine and dandy
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