Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Book Review ~ The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
This was a book that really kept me engrossed from beginning to end. It left me thinking about it for a long time afterwards. It is not an easy story to read in the sense that it forces you to think through the moral dilemmas each character faces in the story, and it is more than Tom and Isabel who are up against that wall, and makes you ask yourself what would you do. It is in essence an extremely sad story to read. I felt it was almost forcing me to choose which side of the line I would fall on and then when I made that choice, which I did right at the onset, the story and characters bring you along with them into their world. You feel Tom's dilemma and confusion and are heartbroken at Isabel's grief and sadness. In my empathizing with them, I could almost feel myself being swept up in Isabel's justifications. It brings to light the slippery slope us humans put ourselves on when we start to believe our own justifications for our actions even when convicted of it's wrongness at first. It is hard to say more without giving away what happens in the story. It was a book well worth reading, beautifully written but at the same time it totally put my heart through the wringer.
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