Faye Barlow is drowning. After the death of her beloved husband, Will, she cannot escape her grief and most days can barely get out of bed. But when she’s offered a job photographing South Carolina’s storied coast, she accepts. Photography, after all, is the only passion she has left.
In the quaint beach town, Faye falls in love again when she sees the crumbling yet beautiful Bride Island lighthouse and becomes obsessed with the legend surrounding The Lady of the Light—the keeper’s daughter who died in a mysterious drowning in 1921. Like a moth to a flame, Faye is drawn to the lighthouse for reasons she can’t explain. While visiting it one night, she is struck by a rogue wave and a force impossible to resist drags Faye into the past—and into a love story that is not her own.
If you like time slip romances The Night Mark is a good entry point into Reisz’s work. The historical elements are well researched and, barring a couple of short info dumps, well presented. The writing is good and the characters are fully developed, from top to bottom. Props for all kinds of presentation (POC, deaf, gay) with nods to what that means in different points in time. Reisz doesn’t ignore inconvenient parts of history, and I wish more authors did the same.
That being said this standalone lacks the extra oomph I love in the rest of her books. While the characters feel real the relationships between them are a bit lacking. Some are distant, some are short, and some are with people who died long (or not so long) ago. Many characters feel like islands – well connected to neighbors with bridges and tunnels and waterways, but islands all the same.
I’m glad Reisz is expanding the genres she writes in and hope this book will get her more mainstream attention, but it didn’t quite hit the spot with me.