Book: The Night Mark
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Release date: 28 March 2017
Main character: Faye Barlow, heroine still grieving the loss of her husband four years ago.
My name is Victoria Faye Barlow. I’ve always gone by Faye because Vicky is my mom. I was born June 5, 1985 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire…
Plot: Faye Barlow made the mistake of marrying a man she didn’t love soon after the death of her husband, Will. Drowning in grief and an unhappy marriage, she decides to break away and start again.
Her new life takes her to South Carolina wherein she reprises her career as photographer and intends to capture the beauty of Bride Island and its abandoned lighthouse. However, an accident along the beach propels her back in time to 1921, where she meets Carrick Morgan, lighthouse keeper and her late husband’s doppelgänger. Will Faye make the choice between past and present, or will time have its own agenda for her?
Why you should read it: This book is truly beautifully written. The detail of the location and depth of the narrative immersed me fully into the story. Faye is so disenchanted with life it’s palpable. Seeing her return to the land of the living was uplifting and the story kept me gripped. The writing was smart – there were no stereotypical characters in the narrative, each had their own facets and complexities. I loved all of the main characters – Carrick, Faye and Dolly. The practicalities of living in a different time were explored too – it wasn’t glossed over or idealised.
What you may not like: If you’re not a fan of time travel or slightly fantastical elements then you may struggle with this. I thought it was wonderfully done and wasn’t heavy-handed on the magical aspects, as some reads can be.
Rating: 5/5 for an engrossing, romantic and very smart read. I would expect no less from Tiffany Reisz and she didn’t disappoint.