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Ann Barford, forty-two years old, divorced mother of two, estranged from her eldest daughter, returns to Hennerton Lighthouse to confront the ghosts of her past.

The secret she has carried with her for the past thirty-two years, one that has shaped her life and tainted others, must be exposed and laid to rest. Most of all, justice must be served and Ann knows just how to
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Published August 8th 2012 by M T Mathieson (first published August 7th 2012)
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Jay Howard
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an absorbing tale with a wonderful twist in the tail, a sad story that is all too believable, unfortunately. It is a weaving of the threads of the POV of the family members, but mostly the mother, Ann, as she reaches breaking point. She bears the scars from her childhood abuse. She knows how it has twisted her life and deplores the way it has affected her family.

It is beautifully written but I am only scoring it 4*, not 5*, because it felt, to me, that I should have been given more
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Kathy
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
M.T Mathieson writes a sad tale of childhood sexual abuse its aftermath and how it shapes a child into adulthood. 30 years later, Ann is a fearful mess, she doesn’t trust men, she doesn’t trust the world, or her children’s ability to trust their own instincts as she tries to protect her children from the dangers of the world and everything and everyone in it, she is alienating them from it, and herself. It all boils down to one person who destroyed her innocence and its time he pay for his ...more
Rebecca Vance
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Ann Barford. She is a forty two year old divorced woman, mother of two. Ann has a secret and it has eaten at her for the past thirty two years. She must return to the source of her pain, the Hennerton Lighthouse. It is there where she will finally lay the ghosts of the past to rest. But will she?

This is a interesting piece with excellent character development. The author shows the reader how Ann’s secret has manifested itself throughout her life. Some may not like Ann and
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Alison French
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this story totally enthralling and emotional. I could feel Ann's pain and desperation as I read of the turmoil resulting from her childhood experience. I thankfully have never experienced the situation at the heart of this story but feel tha the subject was handled with great sensitivity and in a way that would give hope to similar victims to come forward. A truly absorbing book, beautifully written.
Cindy
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Lighthouse is a story that is heart wrenching at times. Ann had keep a secret for 32 years. It has destroyed her happiness, her marriage and her relationship with her children. Finally one day Ann realizes she can no longer live like this. She decides to get revenge at any cost.

The author did an excellent job on this short story. It is very well written and touching.
Dylan
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Forty-two year old Ann Barford has childhood secrets—secrets that have broken and shaped her life, and destroyed the relationships and happiness of others. Having lived with this trauma for thirty-two years, Ann returns to Hennerton Lighthouse, to the site of her torture, to confront her past and finally put an end to her suffering.

The Lighthouse, by M. T. Mathieson, is a short novella which reads at a quick pace due to the excellent prose and gripping story. The tale flips the reader back and
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Dawn Whidden
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A dark and deep short story dealing with the childhood trauma of sexual abuse. M.T. Mathieson makes the characters come alive with her colorful descriptions and insightful writing.
If you have ever experienced fear and anxiety as a child you will find yourself becoming emotionally involved with the main character Ann.
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