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When the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney, a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mysterious events that occurred 40 years earlier, when he visited the place as a boy. At that time his devoutly Catholic mother was determined to find healing for Hanny, his disabled older brother. And so the family, along with members of their parish, embarked on an Easter pilgrimage to an ancient shrine.
But not all of the locals were pleased to see visitors in the area. And when the two brothers found their lives entangling with a glamorous couple staying at a nearby house, they became involved in more troubling rites. Smith feels he is the only one who knows the truth, and he must bear the burden of his knowledge - no matter the cost.
Proclaimed by London's Sunday Telegraph as a "modern classic", The Loney marks the arrival of an important new voice in fiction.
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By CES on 05-24-16
There are some books that do not lend themselves well to the audio experience. This is a perfect example. It is a meandering, ephemeral work. I found myself replaying many parts as my mind wandered and I was lost to what was happening. The story is not as described, I believe it to be neither haunting or suspenseful. The narration adds to the tone of the novel and therefore adds no enhancement to the characters or pace. Perhaps I would have liked it more off the page.
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By Gary on 05-15-16
A First-Rate novel for so many reasons!
Not the least of which is the stunning portrayal of how childhood is a nightmare all its own.
Mr. Hurley is a master of drawing his reader into the atmosphere he has created, so that although circumstances may differ, emotions and terrors are quite personal, and unforgettable. I'm off to find his short fiction, and patiently await his next novel.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful