The Lighthouse Witches by CJ Cooke | Book Review

The Lighthouse Witches by CJ Cooke hit my radar simply because witches was in the title. Also, the cover is so bold with the yellow-green colors. I had been in the mood for a mysterious, atmospheric read and particularly a book about witches. So, I eagerly dove into this book from Netgalley. Turns out it took me what felt like forever to get into and through.

It is a little bit hard for me to explain the plot of The Lighthouse Witches because there is a lot going on. There are three different timelines in this book. We have Luna’s timeline set in 2021. We have Liv and Saffy’s timeline set in 1998. Then we have Patrick’s timeline set in the late 1600s. Set on the island of Lon Haven in Scotland, this book follows all three timelines and a curse. You see at one point Luna’s sisters Clover and Sapphire “Saffy” disappeared, along with her mother Liv. But then 20 years later, Clover shows back up but at the same age she was when she disappeared 20 years ago. Luna isn’t quite sure what’s happened.

Meanwhile, in Liv’s timeline, she has been hired to paint a weird mural in the lighthouse on Lon Haven. In Patrick’s timeline, the witches are rounded up and burned. They curse Lon Haven. Legend has it that there are these creatures called wildlings who look exactly like the disappeared children. You have to kill the wildling or they will destroy your entire bloodline. So, things are a little bit intense in The Lighthouse Witches.

This book just was not it for me. I felt like it took too long for me to get into it and gel with the plot. It feels very meandering and slow. I also thought there was just too much going on. So, I would have appreciated a focus on one timeline. The ending was neat. However, it was too little too late. The threads came together really well but I did not care for the build up. I believe that this book should work for more patient people or people who actually sleep at night and can concentrate. For me, it is on to the next one.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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