Letters from the Lighthouse
(Faber & Faber)
Letters from the Lighthouse is a stirring wartime mystery. It seems to begin with Mum’s green coat, a letter and Sukie’s mysterious disappearance. Thereafter, Olive and Cliff are evacuated to Devon. Yet all the time Olive is consumed by Sukie’s whereabouts.
Yet, who is the spiky girl who seems to antagonise Olive. Thereafter, why is there so little sympathy for the city children who need the comfort of a seaside setting? After all their wartime experiences have left them exhausted, shattered and scared.
Letters from the Lighthouse is urgent, pacy and captivating. Emma Carroll creates a realistic WWII setting and hugely absorbing characters. We are thoroughly caught up in Olive and Cliff’s story. It seems that their new setting is shifty and unreliable. However, is it, really? Might there be more secrets that somehow connect to Sukie? Furthermore, can Olive and Cliff penetrate the chill of their evacuation and find safety, solace and thereafter, Sukie? This superb title leads onto a thoroughly fulfilling revisit in When We Were Warriors. Bookwagon loves this series and recommends this writer hugely!
Winner Leeds Book Award 2017
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