Review of Lighthouse Nights by Jake Vander Ark

Lighthouse Nights by Jake Vander ArkTrevor and Jules are a dysfunctional couple who take advantage of suicidal people they meet in an internet chat room. They encourage deeply depressed individuals to end it all so they can steal their valuables. Trevor is clearly psychotic, with no qualms whatsoever about what they’re doing. Jules, on the other hand, is running from a tragic past and has more of a conscience. When it comes time to help Gabe Jones commit suicide she falls in love with him instead, driving Trevor into a dangerous and murderous rage.

Lighthouse Nights is definitely dark and twisted. The author clearly has the ability to tap into an evil side – a sign of a gifted writer. As I read, I found Gabe and Jules to be likable characters and I was able to care about the outcome of their relationship. Trevor’s villainous character was also well written.

The author chose to write the entire book in lower case, which, although I found it unusual, I found it worked well and wasn’t distracting like I thought it might be. The book is a fairly quick read, but it’s a deeply engaging story. I suspect the author’s screenwriting experience has much to do with it – no long-winded dialogue or superfluous narrative here.

If you’re looking for a unique and dark romance, Lighthouse Nights is it. While this book is written about teens and twenty-somethings, the subject matter should appeal to readers of any age. Just be aware that the story is intense, but in the end the take away is important – life is hard, but we’re not alone, all we need to do is reach out to seek help.

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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