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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping fun with lots of atmosphere Aug. 29 2013
By Judith Davies - Published on
What a great Summer read, I loved this book. The characters are likable, and I find myself wanting to follow their lives beyond this book. I love remote coastal settings with plenty of atmosphere, and The Lighthouse did not disappoint. Besides falling in love with the husband/professor, Jan, I particularly enjoyed learning some of the technical points about the old Fresnel (pronounced Fray-nel) lighthouse lenses and mention of the diaphone fog horn, which gave what might have been just another suspense/mystery novel, an added depth. Jan's obsession with the light, which had an ominous undercurrent, also added to the suspense. The kind of book that stays with you.
4.0 out of 5 stars A view at despair March 13 2014
By Kay M. Wehrle - Published on
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I really enjoyed the book, but was very disappointed to find cap many spelling errors. So much so that at distracted from the plot. But it was an enjoyable read
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lighthouse: A Novel of Terror Feb. 13 2014
By Valerie Wiesner - Published on
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I read this book on my Kindle Fire, and I thought it was a very good story, although there are an awful lot of typos in the text; many of the words were so misspelled they didn't make sense unless you were able to guess how they fit into the context of the story. I personally felt the book was not worth $9.99 considering all the grammmatical and spelling errors in it. Surely the proofreaders can do a better job than this! The book was originally published in 1987, and because I like the northern CA coastal area and the OR coastal area, the story held much more interest for me than a lot of other books, although the lighthouse named in the book does not exist, nor does the town, which is located a short distance from Bandon which is one of my favorite places.

The story concerns a married couple from Palo Alto, CA who decide to spend a year in OR so that the husband, a professor at Stanford can write his magnum opus on the history of lighthouses, before they return to CA where his wife plans to open an art gallery with a friend. Unfortunately, the economic situation in the town is very bleak and the fishing industry has just about fallen to nothing, so the couple encounter a lot of hostility from the people who live there. (This used to be a rather common attitude that some Oregonians held for people from CA although I have not encountered it in many years). Needless to say, the couple's plans all go awry, and there are some career criminals on the loose who complicate everyone's lives.

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