We’ve been tracking the debut title The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (S&S/Scribner; S&S Audio), which has growing holds in libraries. After its release yesterday, it rose into Amazon’s Top 100 (to #58 from #1,035). Holds have tripled since our first alert last week.

It’s the lead title on the O Summer Reading list. The description begins,

There’s something irresistible about a morally complex story that makes you root for all its flawed characters, even when they’re at odds with one another. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman’s seductive debut, is just that sort of book. And it comes with a bonus: a high-concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page.

Those qualities are undoubtedly the reason Cuyahoga PL apotted it for their Book Discussion Sets.

This week’s People magazine declares, “Stedman’s debut signals a career certain to deliver future treasures.” The New York Times warns that it “does occasionally dip into the melodrama pot; Isabel at one point screams, ‘Don’t take my baby away!’ It’s a moving tale, regardless. Prepare to weep.”

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