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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for each other, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Ig Publishing (first published April 21st 2014)
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Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some books are artfully written, but dull. Others are thick with excitement, but flat. This one? This one stands at that sweet intersection: beauty and tension, in equal measure.

Part adventure story, part survival tale, even part psychological thriller, this story takes you from the glacial inland to the cold wet coast of the Alaskan wilderness. It's the kind of setting that makes you snuggle deep under the blanket, suddenly aware that you are warm and dry. Yet nothing gets romanticized here. Y
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
When the guy you think you're in love with, gets you to join him as a light house keeper on a remote Alaskan island, then leaves you there by yourself with no gun, its time to end the relationship. I should have ended the reading of it also. ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I love stumbling upon a book on Goodreads that I never would have even picked up otherwise. This was such a good story, well written, concise with detail where it needed to be without dragging.
Claudia Putnam
I'm not going to rate this book because I don't want to lower the average for this promising author. (And it's not true that a no-star rating gets averaged as a zero--I asked a GR librarian about that--it's just not counted.) I think it's around 3.5 stars. The wildness of Alaska is wonderfully well evoked, and I loved the way the characters were handled--the secondary characters as much as the main ones. Everyone very clearly rendered without the heavy-handedness you get with sometimes, when wri ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book sounded interesting but I had a difficult time with the completely selfish and unlikeable main characters. The descriptions of Alaska were beautiful, but because I didn't like the main characters, I had a hard time caring about them or what happened to them. I felt they were both incredibly selfish and the horrible thing that happened to one of them, I didn't feel like it should have effected her the way it did. ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A couple tending a lighthouse in Alaska, both with baggage. They discover themselves, face their demons and grow up! A fast read.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a visceral experience seeped in realism. The narrator Anna's reserved voice hides an undercurrent of emotion as potentially treacherous as the remote Alaskan setting. The pace is tense and riveting. (Confession, I actually gasped out lout at one point in suspense!) While reading, I felt as diminutive and isolated as the keeper of a lighthouse flanked by massive mountains. A brilliantly written story I highly recommend! ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. Alaska, lighthouse, solitude ... All great fodder for a book. This being said there were parts that were a bit creepy but not really "psychological thriller" level and her boyfriend was a shallow jerk even tho he had conflicts of his own. I will read something of hers in the future which I don't always say about a 3 star rating! :-) ...more
Amy Morfas
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd heard such great things about this book that I'd expected to love it. I didn't. Really great start but (without giving too much away) the demise of the relationship in the book seemed baseless and not credible. At least to me. Not awful, but not great. ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting but I feel like the characters needed better development - more depth. You know when you finish a book and you think - this was good but it could have been great. That is how I felt about this book.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This book made me very clear about the fact that I do not want to spend my winter living in a remote lighthouse on the coast of Alaska. I think the atmosphere was more compelling than the story and the characters. Things were wrapped up a bit too quickly at the end.
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Predictable story with odd and sometimes terrible metaphors. Example:

"It was like adding flour to cake batter, my life to his."

Jenny Shank
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From High Country News, October 27, 2014 issue

In Colorado writer Rachel Weaver’s exceptional debut novel, Point of Direction, Alaska drives two characters close to their psychological breaking points. Anna Richard, the book’s intriguing narrator, combines a habit of radical risk-taking with a tendency toward caution. As the book opens, Anna is hitchhiking back to Alaska after two years of drifting. She accepts a ride from a young man named Kyle, but refuses to sit in the pickup’s cab — she prefe
Bill Krieger
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
The strength of Point of Direction is the action! The plot travels through Alaska with dangerous hiking, camping, climbing, boating and being stuck on a remote island... it's a fast and exciting read. Like this...


One wave after another over the caprail had filled it and sunk it. I review what we now do not have. Food, a way off the island, clothes, a way to cook. I think about the steaks I was going to cook tonight, the bottle of wine to go with it to celebrate, my wallet, my favorite sweate
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't know how this book was ever characterized as a "psychological thriller" because it was definitely not in my opinion. It was more of a "coming of age" for adults type of book. Anna meets Kyle while hitchhiking in Alaska. She is running from an event in her past, but being with Kyle seems to help. When Kyle wants to sign up to live on a remote lighthouse Anna actually thinks it might be the best thing for her to deal with her past. But, life is harder than they realized it would be and whi ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A subtle coming to grip current adult life circumstances and past decisions made by oneself or something done to an individual in the past. Anna Richard is an outdoor adventurer who makes her way to Alaska. For a brief period she leads youth groups on glacial treks at the Juneau Ice Field. She has an adverse experience with a young trekker Elizabeth Lowenstein. Kyle McAllin is a fisherman down on his luck and money as the Alaskan catch have been small. His father left he and his mother when Kyle ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-and-read, mystery
OVERALL I liked it. Quick 1 day read. I think it was great to read this during the beginning of the winter season. I am trying to embrace the winter season, and find beauty in it, so it is not that miserable! This was a wakeup call for me, and a reminder that I am NOT able to survive a week in Alaska. I love the descriptions of the winter world in Alaska, the lighthouse, the scenery, the directions on how to survive.
So why so low of a rating... WELL I thought you would never ask!
I loved it lov
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Point of Direction was an interesting novel that kept my attention. My main reason for giving 4 stars instead of 5 was that I was able to figure the mysteries of the story before they were revealed. I prefer a little bit of a twist or surprise at times in books.

The story was well researched, the descriptions of Alaska seemed accurate and provided the setting I needed to enjoy the book. The characters were well fleshed and their back stories were interesting. Once I got into reading I finished in
Mike Berg
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great surprise from a promising new author. Textured and emotional, well developed characters in which Alaska and a mesmerizing lighthouse form the stage. Deeply personal and revealing without becoming melodramatic. Highly recommended and looking forward to a following Rachel. A promising future scribbling with a deft and poignant touch.
Apr 23, 2014 added it
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. The writing reminded me of something a third grader would write. The plot was very predictable and the prose was full of cliches.
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Psychological thriller this is not. I was expecting it to get me like Gone Girl did. No surprises here. But I did like the descriptive Alaskan scenery and it's wild fury. ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This could've easily been a 4-star book. Great debut; writer had a way with words that made it a page-turner. Somewhere more than half-way through though, the plot started to fall flat. ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a good subject. Needed a great deal of editing I think.
Joannie Johnston
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Enough to keep you reading but..meh...way too unbelievable scenarios to make me care. Very predictable and certainly NOT a "psychological thriller!" ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
"The sea giving back what it has taken. An apology under pale blue skies." -pg 161 ...more
Jeanne Beckmann
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a little book this really packed a punch. From the first page to the last I was hooked and although some what predictable, it was a very enjoyable read.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met the author at a local Book Club meeting a week before I started reading the book, and after hearing her read the first chapter, and tell us a few stories about becoming an author, I couldn't wait to start. She is as warm and unpretentious a woman as you will ever meet, which made me even happier that I absolutely loved this book! Having moved away from home to Colorado when I was 19-years-old, with only my dog in tow, I thought of myself as quite the adventurer, but both Rachel herself as ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author makes the beauty and rawness of Alaska, and relationships, come alive in this book. I was so intrigued at the beginning knowing that each character was broken but it wasn’t revealed why until later in the book. I guessed on one of the relationships before it was revealed in the book although that didn’t spoil any of it for me. Other reviewers have said the book can be slow and while I can see why they might say that, I found the setting and storytelling to be beautiful and didn’t want ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s always fascinating reading a book set in your own neck of the woods. Overall, Weaver did a good job with her debut novel, Point of Direction, which is set on a fictionalized version of Eldred Rock lighthouse, located partway between where I live and Alaska’s capital in Juneau. She captures the rugged beauty of this place well. She even better captures how a relationship can strain in remote living circumstances, and how we can hide so much of what we’ve been through from the people we love. ...more
Millie Bentley
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this book because of the subject and the cover picture; it resembled Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, California, where my husband and I have led tours 7 or 8 years.

It kept my interest, and I was surprised by the ending. But I never figure out the criminal in most of the mysteries I read either.
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Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction which Oprah Magazine described as a "strikingly vivid debut novel." In his review on NPR's All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse described the novel as one that "pulls you in". Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top ten debuts of Spring 2014 (an Indies Introduce Pick) and by IndieBound as an I ...more

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