I have always lapped up stories with a moral dilemma at their heart and this one did not disappoint - from the outset I was drawn into the lives of the characters. The lighthouse setting offers a perspective of existence at the very edge of humanity. An assured and emotional debut which will appeal to many readers.
Jolted back from some dream world, Tom could feel his palms sweating. His heart started to race with the urge to run - anywhere, it didn't matter where, just as long as it was away from the reality of the choice he had made, which suddenly seemed to weigh like an iron collar.
'Time I was getting on with some work. I'll leave you two to have your toast,' he said, and left the room as slowly as he could manage.