The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Tom Sherbourne, an Australian who grew up in Byron Bay served for the allies in WW1. He, just like all the other young men who were lucky enough to make it back alive, was scarred. He wanted to run from the horrors of his past and live a simple life, so he took a job as a lighthouse keeper. He worked on Janus Rock, a small dangerous island, over 100km from the Aussie shoreline alone; just him, the island and the light.
Tom had given up imagining a nice life for himself after all he had witnessed, so when Isabel Graysmark, a vibrant and joyful girl steals his heart, he’s torn. Eventually they wind up married, living out on Janus Rock.
One day, while the two of them were out on Janus, a small boat landed ashore. Inside the boat were two people – a dead man and a baby. It was Tom’s job to report it immediately but Isabel’s heart was torn at the sight of the poor baby, all alone. She persuaded him to not report it yet, to wait to the morning… What will happen of Tom and Isabel? What about the baby? And why was a dead man in a boat with a baby in the middle of nowhere?
AGE RATING: 13+
TEEN RATING: 4.2/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: M.L. Stedman’s novel is fiercely good. A story of right and wrong and how the line between them is often blurred, The Light Between Oceans is truly provocative and will cause you to contemplate what has happened.