Ironically, the title and cover of this book drew me immediately in. And it didn't disappoint. Much like the promise of a dream job on a Mediterranean Island Marla drew me in. An unsuspecting young woman with a bleak, lonely life, Marla is the perfect candidate in more ways than one for the sandy beaches away from her dull, day to day existence. And who hasn't dreamt of such an opportunity and the chance to stay on a secluded island for a year? All she has to do is take care of one of the vacationer's homes. Easy money, right? It even made me want the job. And it's all Marla has ever wished for, a new chance at life.
Frazer Lee has done an exquisite job of luring in and delivering to this unsuspecting book lover who had assumed it to be a textbook island story with just another happy ending. But make no mistake. This book is far from "textbook". He has taken what other writers may have dreamt of doing and turned it into a "can't put it down, no matter how much you may want to", page turner with an ending that you won't soon forget. While reading this, I actually felt like I could see events unfold through Marla's eyes. With an entire crew of complex, yet understandable characters--he has made it possible to place yourself in this story. From olive skinned Pietro to the sinister Skin Mechanic, the book never ceases to amaze. He has covered every imaginable emotion in each of his "humans" and has managed to throw in animalistic behaviors of the seediest kind.
The Skin Mechanic is one of the darkest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Frazer Lee's detail to graphics and graphic details are mesmerizing. He not only takes you to the edge, but he shoves you into the darkest depths of true human vanity.
The web of suspense is artfully constructed. From the true feelings of a young woman on her own to the tidal pool of fear and determination she experiences when she is finally truly on her own. In a "be careful what you wish for" story, he has shown that people will do just about anything to achieve what they truly desire. It's an age old dilemma that all human beings eventually face. It leaves you with one question to ask yourself. "What price would you be willing to pay to have your own fountain of youth?"
Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious.but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world - as a 'Lamplighter' working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But the job comes with conditions. Marla will not know the exact location of the island, and she will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay.
Once on the island, Marla quickly learns the billionaire lifestyle is not all it is made out to be. The chief of security rules Meditrine with an iron fist. His private police force patrols the shores night and day, and CCTV cameras watch the Lamplighters relentlessly. Soon Marla will also discover first-hand that the island hides a terrible secret. She'll meet the resident known as the Skin Mechanic. And she'll find out why so few Lamplighters ever leave the island alive.