Lawrence, Iain. The lightkeeper's daughter.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Random House, Delacorte. 26p. c2000. 0-385-72925-1. $16.95. S

Lawrence is known for his swashbuckling novels for YAs set in the time of pirates, smugglers, ships with tall sails, and so forth. The only familiar theme in this latest novel, set in modern times, is the sea. The story takes place on an island off the Northwest Coast, where a troubled family resides, tending the lighthouse. I would say it has many elements of the gothic novel genre, complete with angst, hidden secrets, incest, madness, and seclusion. If certainly is not going to appeal to the same audience that has read The Wreckers, The Smugglers, and The Buccaneers.

The story begins as a 17-year-old daughter, with her three-year-old child, returns to the island where her parents tend the lighthouse. Squid, the daughter, had left the island when she was...

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