Beneath the Lighthouse

Beneath the Lighthouse

by Julieanne Lynch

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BN ID: 2940154940198
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 72,699
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Julieanne Lynch is an author of YA and Adult genre urban fantasy books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, United Kingdom, until her family relocated back to their roots.

Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she is a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. Julieanne has several projects optioned for film.

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Beneath the Lighthouse 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Something to ponder about.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down.....
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Whenever I see the words haunted or possessed in a book description my attention zeroes in. Imagine my delight when I read that this has both. The haunting starts fairly quickly and the blurb already tells you who’s the haunter and the hauntee. I felt that worked well as the author got right down to business. The haunting starts gradually with some odd events but soon, Jamie can’t even sleep in his own room. Later he hesitates to even go in his own house. Doesn’t matter once he gets possessed. The haunting follows him everywhere then. He’ll have to settle accounts with the ghost or die trying. I often like a story where I have a good idea where the author is taking me. Then I can relax and roll with the story, or maybe not as this is filled with creepy atmosphere, not to mention some startling twists. The story really gets dark when the mystery of what really happened to Jaime’s sister is revealed and the consequences are doled out with horrific results. Did this book scare me? Not enough to make me sleep with the lights on, but it did kind of creep me out. Would I read more by this author? Definitely. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Jamie McGuiness lives in Northern Ireland and has a rough home life. His father is abusive and his mother has a hard time trying to keep the family going. Thus it falls to Jamie’s shoulders to be the parent to his younger siblings. But he is having a hard time of things since his sister’s death three years earlier. He is depressed and haunts the lighthouse where her body was found. But he is not the only one at the lighthouse. An angry spirit is there and has attached herself to Jamie. This is a great story. You will get a full range of emotions from Jamie, his depression, and his crappy home life. He finds a girl in school is really decent as opposed to his impression of her yet he has one heck of a mess hitching along for a ride messing everything up. The Irish slang did slow the beginning of the book down for me but it was easy to figure out what was being said. I loved the story and wanted the best for Jamie. But there are parts of this story that won’t leave me, they are just that good. This is the first book I have read of Julianne Lynch but it definitely won’t be the last one. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch is a young adult horror fiction novel which takes place in Northern Ireland. It is the last day of the school year for sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness, but even before he sets foot on school grounds strange things begin to happen, things he can’t explain. Though, that’s the least of his worries. It is immediately clear that Jamie doesn’t live a normal or wholesome home life. Between having to care for his mother and his siblings, Jamie must deal with his alcoholic and abusive father. Of course, it wasn’t always like this. Three years ago life had been dandy, but that was before Jamie’s twelve-year-old sister, Emer, began to act up and before she was found dead at the lighthouse. Now with everything that's happening, Jamie can’t tell if he’s going crazy or if there is something truly sinister going on. For me, the strength of Beneath the Lighthouse did not depend on the horror aspect; in fact, the horror was mild compared to the suspense which Julieanne Lynch has mastered. I liked the slight parallels built between Jamie and Illiana, their personalities both molded by loneliness and fear. I also enjoyed how Emer’s story was told, jumping backward and forward from three years prior to the present day, slowly lining up to subsequently come together to a satisfying end. I highly recommend Beneath the Lighthouse. The pacing of the novel is so deliciously well done that fans of horror-mysteries and suspense will find it hard to put this book down.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch is a horror tale featuring death, ghosts, and coming of age. After the death of Emer, there has been an unsettling emptiness in the house and no matter how hard Jamie and his siblings pretended or prayed, that reality haunted everyone in the home. Jamie McGuiness can’t help frequenting the lighthouse where the body of his sister was found, but he isn’t the only one who lurks around the place. There are ominous ghosts whose presence can only mean evil. An encounter with a spirit will set Jamie on a dangerous path to uncover family secrets and old grudges as he fights to reconcile old feuds. Will he be drawn into the darkness of the dead or can he survive and make things right? Julieanne Lynch is a master storyteller and I enjoyed the way she pulls the different elements of the story together. I was hooked by the beauty of the prose. The power of the prose — descriptive, and loaded with vivid imagery — is one of the strong appeals of this story. The author makes the reader feel the story by evoking emotions with clarity of expression and aptness of diction. Each sentence evokes a strong feeling and the author uses this style to allow readers to understand the dynamics in the McGuiness family, the emotions of the protagonist, and the pervading sense of horror that permeates the narrative. The writing style, including the formatting, the unique phraseology, the paragraph breaks, creates an enjoyable reading experience. This is a beautiful story with a tricky plot, compelling characters, and awesome dialogues. I enjoyed the way the author allows the accent in some of the characters to come out in dialogues — a great example is Lenny, who reflects an uncouth personality. The story is also fast-paced and a great work of entertainment. Beneath the Lighthouse has great world building, relatable characters, and an exciting plot in a story that is deft and balanced.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite Although horror is not my preferred genre, the plot of Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch intrigued me enough to read it. I am delighted to report that this is more than a horror story. Beneath the Lighthouse has many ingredients of a fascinating read. I was hooked from the beginning to the end and I couldn't get enough. The story revolves around Jamie McGuiness, a teenage boy, and his family - his mom (Sonya), his dad (Jack), and his siblings. Jamie is fed up with his father getting drunk and beating his mom all the time. He is frustrated with himself for not being able to stand up to his dad and with his mother for putting up with Jack's spiteful violence. Jamie's family was not always this messed up. Jack was a good dad to the kids and he used to respect and love Sonya. Something snapped inside him when his daughter, Emer, was found dead. The case was deemed an accident; however, Jamie never believed it to be so. Since that day, Jack's behavior changed completely towards his family. He became a violent drunk. Jamie became even more introverted than ever. He began questioning everything, feeling guilty for not being able to take care of his sister, and sulking about his family's current situation. While he was struggling with his negative thoughts, the only place that soothed him -- the lighthouse where Emer's dead body was found -- became the source of an even bigger problem for him. A trapped soul, Ileana, noticed him and decided to make him her savior. Becoming her savior might bring some answers to Jamie, but what he doesn't know is the cost of these answers might not be an easy one. Beneath the Lighthouse has several layers and that's what makes it an exciting book. When a woman surrenders herself to an abusive partner, she unwittingly puts her whole family at risk. Jamie and his siblings became first-hand witnesses to their mom's swollen eyes and bruised face and that terrified them but also changed them -- especially Jamie. He felt responsible for not being able to save her from his dad. This is not how a kid should feel. Fortunately, Jamie has a best friend to share his problems with. By introducing this friend, the author has very cleverly inserted one more layer into the story -- the importance of a good friend. The horror part of Beneath the Lighthouse is spread evenly throughout the story. Since the moment Ileana appeared, she brought a feeling of dread, unpredictability, anger, and -- unexpectedly enough -- hope with her. I could not decide whether she would help Jamie finally take a stand against his father or would become another problem for Jamie. The author is definitely an expert in writing paranormal fiction and that was evident in the way she chose words and wrote chilling horror scenes. Paranormal fiction lovers would definitely enjoy Beneath the Lighthouse and be on the edge of their seats because of all the twists and intrigue of the plot.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite Jamie’s entire family is still reeling from the death of his younger sister, despite the fact that 3 years have passed since her body was discovered near the old lighthouse. At the time, officials had ruled her death accidental, but a part of Jamie was never quite convinced that it really was an accident. Now, Jamie finds himself inexplicably drawn to the very place her body was discovered, comforted by a sense of companionship with his lost sister. The fact that it gives him a place to escape his drunk, abusive father is just an added bonus. But when a mysterious, vanishing figure makes itself known only to Jamie, his already turbulent world will suddenly become much more terrifying and dangerous. It’s up to Jamie to discover what really happened on that fateful night as dark secrets are unearthed beneath the lighthouse. Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch is a gripping supernatural mystery that will grab your attention on the first page and not let go. Impossible to put down, Beneath the Lighthouse features a wonderfully complex and detailed story line, an assorted cast of fascinating characters, and a shocking twist ending that you definitely won’t see coming. The quality of the writing is excellent, pulling you into the story and allowing you to feel Jamie’s pain, his frustrations, his joy, and his darkest fears. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys gripping suspense, strong supernatural themes that venture into the afterlife, or even simply a good, well-written plot.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Beneath the Lighthouse, Jamie McGuiness is a 16-year-old with a bleak life. His father, Jack, is an abusive alcoholic, spiraling down fast to his self-destructive rage. His abused mother, Sonya, is trying her best to look after Jamie's younger siblings and appease his father at the same time. Jamie himself is not spared from Jack’s rage, verbally and physically, and all this started after his younger sister, Emer, died three years prior. Things are beginning to get worse for Jamie when a ghost latches herself onto him during his usual visit to the lighthouse, where Emer’s body was discovered nearby. This YA novel by Julieanne Lynch has a familiar concept in terms of horror/paranormal genre, but the plot is slightly more multifaceted compared to other YA ghost stories that I’ve read before. The theme of domestic abuse gives an emotional depth to the story line and some characters, especially Jamie and his mother, Sonya. Jamie’s sense of responsibility as the oldest sibling is at times a double-edged sword, evident in his guilt for Emer’s death, who wasn’t exactly a saint, to easily warrant my empathy. The drip feeding of details about her through flashbacks makes the reading engaging. Except for the ghost, some characters initially seemed slightly trivial for me, such as Jamie’s good friend, Lenny, and his love interest, Claire, until they established their roles deeper in the second and third acts. Beneath the Lighthouse is not the most spine-chilling novel I’ve read, but it offers enough of a sensible take on family loss, survivor's guilt, and domestic abuse combined with adequate scary paranormal moments for its intended YA readers.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
An emotionally charged ghost story that will give you goose bumps Note: This review contains NO spoilers Still getting goose bumps after reading this dark suspense-filled story. Julieanne Lynch weaved an incredibly intricate story of love, betrayal, and abuse with a twist of the paranormal and horror. This read gave me chills as Jamie's story/mystery unfolded. However, don't let the Irish lingo deter you from reading this. It took me a bit while to get used to it. It did lend to some difficult reading, but it was worth it. Beneath the Lighthouse is no ordinary ghost story. Not only is this a tale of ghosts of the dead, this also tells the tale of ghosts of the living. It is a lot for a sixteen-year-old boy to deal with. The character development flowed from beginning to end. The descriptive world building gave me the feel of their lives in a small town in Ireland. This is a ghost story that was filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing. The story itself created a haunting and eerie feeling as the mystery unraveled and Jamie continued to get closer to the truth. I don't know... Beneath the Lighthouse is a haunting and emotionally charged story with many layers of secrets that grips readers at the heart. Yeah... This is not your ordinary ghost story... A definite must read if you like ghost stories.