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.
English director/screenwriter Lee's horror/mystery hybrid reimagines the Irish myth of T r na n g, the land of eternal youth. Marla Neuborn, a disgraced London au pair, lands a dream job on a remote island in the Mediterranean Sea. Working as a "maintenance operative" aka Lamplighter on Meditrine Island is far from strenuous; all Marla has to do is tend the empty mansions and lawns, and turn the lights on regularly to make it appear as if the billionaire owners are home. But an undeniable sense of malevolence haunts Marla and her fellow Lamplighters, and she soon realizes that what she perceived as paradise may be a nightmare. While the final revelation is certainly powerful, a banal narrative featuring largely two-dimensional and forgettable characters significantly lessens its impact. Readers will want to uncover the island's dark secrets but not necessarily care about the survival of its visitors.