Image of The Night Mark: A Novel


Image of The Night Mark: A Novel

How to put into words just how beautifully written The Night Mark was? The Night Mark starts off in a way that you are so ready to stereotype its story, but something keeps you from committing to any assumptions, and it all has to do with Faye’s character. There will be times where you sort of loathe her because of her cold attitude toward almost anything, and yet your heart bleeds for her because of the journey she’s on. The author does an amazing job of being 100 percent transparent about any and all characters that happened upon the pages of this story, so there’s never a moment when you’ll wonder why someone does or says something. Faye’s life has been heartbreak after heartbreak after heartbreak, and you get to the point where you almost want to beg the author to put her out of her misery, but then hope surfaces in the midst of all of Faye’s pain … the lighthouse on Bride Island. You will find yourself falling in love with every character that Faye encounters, and you'll also find yourself torn with the direction of how the story is going. Throughout the entirety of The Night Mark, though, you’ll find yourself almost begging for a favorable outcome for Faye; you’ll wait with bated breath just to see in which direction the author will turn; and at the end you’ll find yourself not being able to go a minute without thinking of the journey and glorious storytelling of Tiffany Reisz.

After the murder of her first husband, Faye Barlow doesn’t know which way is up anymore, so taking a job taking pictures for a calendar in Beaufort, S.C., seems like as good a plan as any to jump start her life again. In her quest to find some semblance of normalcy, she never expected to find hope, love and purpose in the form of a 94-year-old lighthouse. (MIRA, Mar., 400 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leona Woolfolk