The Light Between Oceans was not a great book of fiction but it was pretty good. The reason, I believe, that it is so popular and is chosen for book clubs everywhere is because it definitely does bring up the question “What would you do?” It does not give away any of the book to say that the novel revolves around the event of a baby in a boat washing up on the shore of an isolated lighthouse island. The remainder of the book asks what would you do if this happened to you.
What I find intriguing is that it caused me to wonder more than “What would I do if I was the couple living on the island?” but asks the question of a number of different characters and at different points in the story. Moral dilemmas pop-up everywhere in this book.
The book also kept me wondering what would happen next on a number of occasions. The reason that I wouldn’t give it 4 or 5 stars is because I felt like the book was continuously building to a tragic climax that never really came to pass. I was expecting more but perhaps life doesn’t always end with dramatic events and so neither should have this book. I listened to this book on vacation and thought that while it had some intense themes that touched a bit too close to home for me, it was a nice book to listen to while relaxing in the sand. I enjoyed the narrator and would recommend this book to the person who enjoys a Nicholas Sparks type book.