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The Light Keeper

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A young woman stands on the brink of a high cliff overlooking the sea, arms wide open as if to let the wind carry her over. She has run away from home to this wild, beautiful place to make a decision that is, for her, truly a matter of life and death.

Sarah is pursued by Jack, her distraught husband, who is desperate to find her on these hills before it is too late. Will h
Paperback, 266 pages
Published August 15th 2019 by Marylebone House
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Ankit Garg
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
At the onset of this review, I'd like to state that at many a times, I was about to DNF this book for good, but didn't respecting the author and the publisher's decision to provide me with an ARC for an honest feedback. This is as honest as it is going to get.

The theme of The Light Keeper is something that appeals to me - love and death and suicide, and the aftermath - the suffering it causes, the depression it ensues. Even the backdrop of the storyline is an intriguing place that exists in the
“The stories we tell define us. So do the stories we don’t tell and the ones we never finish.”

Sarah and Jack Bramer are a young couple who are desperate to have a child. Or at least Sarah is… After seven years of disappointment, their relationship has reached a crisis point. Sarah is a mixed race British woman. Jack is an American. Lately, his love for her has taken a sour turn. Sarah knows that this is her last chance to become pregnant. She wants to know, yet she doesn’t …. She runs away to he
Linda Hill
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Desperate for a baby, Sarah is missing.

The Light Keeper is, quite simply, stunning; beautifully written, emotionally charged and a compelling story.

The plot appears relatively simple in that a man known as the Keeper is doing up an old light house as a bed and breakfast venue, and Sarah has run away from her husband Jack. However, this belies the glorious complexity of emotion, life and relationships swirling and thrumming through this superb character led narrative. What is just fabulous is the
Robbie Cheadle
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The light keeper is a fascinating read that centres around two people who have faced, and continue to face, terrible loss in their lives.

Gabriel Keane, better know as the light keeper, lives in a partially renovated light house on a hill along the cliffs near the ocean. The setting is piercingly beautiful and it is a place that people come to appreciate the views, but it also holds a more sinister appeal to people who have reached a place of complete despair and wish to end their lives. Suicide
I fell in love with the cover of this book and I must say that the place of action, the lighthouse on a cliff, is very poetic and beautiful, so I definitely need to consider putting it on the list of places I need to visit. The very theme of the book, problems of infertility and suicide, is really very important but often does not reach the literature. I'm really happy someone finally took some time and gave it a little thought. I did expect the book to be a little bit gloomy and dark, and it wa ...more
If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of relationships, hope, childlessness, loss, suicide, tragedy, grief and bereavement, then The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton is a must-read for you!

From the get-go I was completely enraptured by this wonderful literary début. Jack and Sarah Bramer have been desperately trying for a baby but their options have become limited. Sarah's mental health has deteriorated and she has now disappeared, leaving Jack frantically sea
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Light Keeper is Cole Moreton's debut novel and is an emotional book about several people driven literally to the edge by exceptionally difficult circumstances.

We meet Jack and Sarah who have been desperately trying for a baby but whose options seem to have run out. Sarah's mental health has become precarious and she has now vanished, leaving Jack frantically looking for her convinced she is suicidal. Nearby in a disused lighthouse lives a man known locally as The Keeper. He has experienced i
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

A touching and emotional story of loss, death, and grief, THE LIGHT KEEPER by Cole Moreton was completely unexpected and is the type of story that stays fresh in your mind.

Sarah is missing and Jack is desperate to find her before it is too late. Both will come into contact with The Keeper, a man who lives in a dilapidated old lighthouse where he shuts himself away and mourns in his own way. Can those who need it find a way to look towards the l
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is deep, poignant, moving, and emotional. I found myself intrigued by both stories being told, and yearned to discover where they would lead. I was captivated by the scenery portrayed so beautifully, I could envision the old lighthouse, the crumbling cliff, the churning waters below. The scenery itself and The Keeper both reminded me of somewhere I have been before - Bar Harbor, Maine maybe? The grief, sorrow, and pain described were so deep, yet so beautiful, and prompted continuous ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Light Keeper by Cole Morton is the most beautifully written novel that has soothed my soul. Once in a while a book comes along that has a serenely beautiful air that pervades the whole novel and I just sink into it and let the book wash over me. The Light Keeper is not a book to rush through, it is one to be savoured. There is power and understanding in the words that Cole Morton has used.
The book is a study of life and love and loss – a life that has been and a love that does not end; a lif
Audrey (Warped Shelves)
3.5 stars

This review is based on an ARC of The Light Keeper which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Marylebone House).

What I liked about The Light Keeper was it's incredibly touching nature. This book faces some heavy issues (infertility, depression, suicide, rape, etc.), but does so in a human and compassionate way that makes the characters so much more real, and also proves the adept skill of the author. The pacing and character building in this story were truly excellent, g
Jan Draper
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Sections of this book were page turners. Mainly when the action was ramped up. I felt the author wanted to say more than just give us great descriptions of Beachy Head. To write about infertility , domestic violence and suicide seems to me to need experience of these issues or vast research. His writing lacked depth and insight given the importance of the issues. So rather a roller coaster read I enjoy the downs but felt rather too long was spent filling in bits of Beachy Head history and also l ...more
Contrary Reader
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I guess this is classed as an ‘uplifter’, but boy does it take you on a rollercoaster of emotion. It explores how people become broken (for a multitude of reasons) and how they can heal. Read this if you need a cathartic cry 😭
Kate Mitchell
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The light keeper is a touching story, yet not depressing, it discusses grief and barevment. What it's like to love and to have lost. Anger and sadness and that maybe there is always a little bit of hope. ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-novels
Disclaimer – this review is based upon a draft of The Light Keeper made available on Net Gallery by the Author.

Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away. She’s come to the high cliffs to be alone, to face the truth about her life, to work out what to do. Her lover is searching, desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah doesn’t want to be found. Not yet. Not by him.

And someone else is also seeking answers up here where the seabirds soar – a man kn
Juliet Bookliterati
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Light Keeper is an emotional rollercoaster of a read, full of drama and tension. This book is about Sarah, Jack and a man known only as the Keeper, whose lives converge at Beachy Head. Sarah is runing away from her life and Jack, she doesn’t want to be found. Jack is desperate to find Sarah, frightened that she has taken her life. The Keeper lives in a lighthouse on the edge of one of the cliffs, everyday he sees how life and love can take you to the edge. They are linked together by love, l ...more
Rhona Mitchell Tennant
This was a very confused novel.

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I was given a free copy to read through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Leah Moyse
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Light Keeper is Cole Moreton's first novel. It took a while for that to sink in, as the story here is as wide as it is deep and this allegorical tale sucked me in gently, then held me mesmerized, then allowed me to fall at the end. 

The setting is Beachy Head and The Seven Sisters. Both places I have heard of and both I have never visited. It wasn't difficult to imagine them in my head though by the evocative and often lyrical writing. The imagery is spectacular.  

The Light Keeper doesn't hav
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
TW: mental health, suicide, death, loss, grief, abusive relationship, domestic violence

Last year, after I first got this ARC, I opened it, excited to read it, then closed it not long after. And so began a month-long attempt at reading this book, finally ended with a close that lasted a year.

Last week, I came to it again. In the middle of a pandemic, having moved to a country which has no plans of controlling the virus, and having recently graduated from uni, I found myself looking for things to
Lisa Bell
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This review is based on an advance copy of The Light Keeper provided with thanks from the author, Netgalley and Marylebone House. This novel is strong on deeply emotional triggers around infertility, abuse, rape, suicide, death and depression.

The Light Keeper is a story with many interlinking threads all based around a lighthouse and its Keeper teetering on the edge of a bold and dramatic landscape that provide the setting for the many stories in this book. The stories weave around the lives of
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*** I did not finish this book ***

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Net Galley and Marylebone House.

I was able to get approximately 20% through the book, and I wanted to finish it, but the rampant formatting issues were just too much for me. The font size would be randomly and drastically changed from one paragraph to another, there were gaping spaces between paragraphs, there were numbers (presumably page numbers) alone on blank pages between or in the middle
Jo Williams
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Light Keeper, author Cole Moreton introduces us to Sarah, who wants nothing more in life than to have a baby. Over the years she has become increasingly desperate to fulfil this wish, and increasingly sad when it hasn’t happened. Sarah is standing on a cliff near Beachy Head, feeling alone and trying to decide what to do.

Jack is an American musician, eccentric and now frantic as he searches for his wife after discovering Sarah had left their marital home. He believes Sarah has come to th
Janice Staines
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stay Away From The Edge

Set on the beautiful, wild and unforgiving South Downs of England, this is a story of love, loss, longing and despair.

Both the protagonists are in mourning - one for a partner who was taken too soon, the other for children never to be born.

The Keeper never wanted to come to this place - it was her dream, not his - but now he cannot leave because this is where she remains. He sees her, feels her, hears her and speaks to her. And he is content to remain here alone with her a
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a fairly short book, this one certainly packs a punch in the emotive department! If you’re looking for a lighthearted read, this certainly isn’t it, but if you enjoy stories that are intriguingly unique, compelling for their raw honesty, then this will almost certainly appeal to you.

There are several potential triggers throughout the story, including Suicide, bereavement (death and the resulting grief) and so on, however they are handled in a way that although raw at times and very open, it
Cen-sational Reads
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Here is a book with a spiritual feel to it. It is so beautifully written with 2 stories amalgamating into one.
The atmosphere that Cole has created is so gentle yet in the same vain haunting. The timing of his writing creates an aura.
Sarah disappears and does not want to be found- Her husband Jack is out looking for her and is desperate to find her.
The very first paragraph
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Novel set in EAST SUSSEX

This is quite a short novel that packs quite a punch. The author has swept his characters into the landscape of East Sussex, around Beachy Head, and the writing has a lugubrious yet lyrical and poetic quality to it.

This area of England is a popular spot for people to choose to end their lives and as such The Guardians regularly patrol the area, in the hope that they can talk down anyone actively contemplating suicide. The shadow of suicide and human suffering in this area
A.J. Sefton
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A haunting story of life and death, beginnings and endings, and a unique landscape.
Beachy Head is at the tip of England and has the unfortunate reputation of being one of the most popular suicide spots in the world. The cliffs are sheer, white and dramatically high, so it's understandable. The wind is sharp and brings tears to your eyes. This is the setting for this novel and if you know the area the atmosphere is already set. Add to that an old lighthouse...

There is a great sense of place in th
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Without a doubt The Light Keeper will take you on an emotionally demanding journey over challenging terrain. In fact, my first thoughts while reading this book was just how much anguish was hiding behind its tempting, almost carefree façade of a cover.

But perhaps that’s the whole point. The image people project on the surface may not reflect what truly lies beneath. The characters reach a personal crossroads where they wait alone, that is until the direction they ultimately take has reveale
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

Sarah Bramer is desperate for a child but with her marriage struggling with the strain of infertility, and in a sense of hopelessness, she has run away from her husband, Jack. Jack starts a desperate search to find Sarah before her fractured mind causes her to do something dreadful.

Near to Beachy Head, a man known as the Keeper tends an unused lighthouse, where high above the cliffs he guards his own battered soul, searching for answers he can never find, about a loss so great his mind is numbed
Jessica Foster
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cole Moreton's novel, The Light Keeper, is a book that deserves to be savoured like a glass of good red wine on a winter's evening. The writing is exquisite, the characters beautifully drawn, the landscape permeates the book with awe and dread and the plot is well-paced with interesting twists and turns that kept me engrossed to the last pages. This book is romantic but not sentimental, it does not shy away from the gritty reality of life but it is suffused with something mythical and spiritual ...more
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Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster exploring who we are and what we believe in. His BBC Radio 4 series The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away won multiple awards including Best Documentary in the BBC Radio Awards, Best Writing at the World’s Best Radio Awards in New York and gold for Audio Moment of the Year at the Arias.

Cole writes for the Mail on Sunday and was named Interviewer of the Year at th

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