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Loney
Loney | Andrew Michael Hurley
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The eerie, suspenseful debut novel hailed as an amazing piece of fiction by Stephen King that is taking the world by storm. 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 forty 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 to know the truth, and he must bear the burden of his knowledge, no matter what the cost. Proclaimed a modern classic by the "Sunday Telegraph" (UK), "The Loney "marks the arrival of an important new voice in fiction."
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Reviewsbylola
The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
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October was one of my best reading months. 21 books!

11 physical books (ok, 10.5. I bailed on Gilead with 100 pages to go.)
8 audiobooks (def a record for me!)
2 ebooks

Here‘s to a great November for all of us!

IamIamIam 👏👏👏 3mo
emilyhaldi Sorry about Gilead 😂 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Loved The Loney!! 3mo
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BarbaraBB So much!! 👍🏼 3mo
Cinfhen Whoa!!!! Awesomeness 3mo
Mdargusch How in the world do you find the time? 3mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s all I do after my kids go to sleep every night. 😆 @mdargusch 3mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Car reading while the girls are in dance class. I concentrate so much better in my quiet car as opposed to the bustling lobby.

Thank you Ericka for sending me this book eons ago! I‘m almost 100 pages in and loving the atmospheric setting. I‘m shocked the reviews aren‘t great. 🤔

TrishB I just didn‘t get on with this book! 3mo
Ruthiella I thought this book was totally buy subtly creepy!😨Hope you like it too. 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh yay! So glad you‘re enjoying it! I thought it was eerie 3mo
Mdargusch Perfect reading spot. 3mo
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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

This one came highly recommended from a friend And did not disappoint. I read in over two days - which might be the best way. The horror is very much in the story you tell yourself - no jump scares or gore. The setting - 1970s England - feels spot on too. Not perfect - parts seemed too convenient, like the eavesdropping hiding place - but pretty darn special nonetheless.

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BookishTrish
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When Costa met Costa

Zelma 👏👍 7mo
julesG 👏👏👏 7mo
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ludodominici
Loney | Andrew Michael Hurley
Panpan

Trama priva di sostanza. Parte bene, ma finisce senza un vero e proprio sviluppo, lasciando al lettore solo tant‘è domande e un finale a tirar via. Grossa delusione soprattutto visto il grande riscontro di pubblico. Una nota positiva è la scrittura elegante e scorrevole, ma che non compensa la narrazione vuota.

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hjreviews
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Mehso-so

To be honest, I‘m not really sure what the book is about but I was interested while reading it. Also, it did a great job of creating the creepy vibe that reminded me of Lord of the Flies.

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Michellesibs
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Panpan

Ok Costa drinkers, you voted it book of the year, I gave it a whirl but I just couldn't see it I'm afraid. For me this is one of those books that you finish and you think, did I miss something? Having now read some other reviews I'm happier that I'm not the only one in this boat. I'm not going to review this book, I feel another reviewer has summed it up perfectly in a one liner, 'was this a travel guide to Cumbria or a handbook for priesthood?'

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iwilldig
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Now reading. Good stuff. Feels spooky from the beginning.

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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

I actually read Hurley‘s second book first- and loved it! - so maybe my hopes were just too high for going back to read his debut novel... I felt more frustrated than frightened and just didn‘t enjoy this nearly as much as I had hoped to!

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Caksf
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Pickpick

Damn!!! This was a fantastic book! Brilliant, tension filled narrative with lush detail and beautiful prose. An “on the edge of your seat” story arc that leaves you curious and frightened at the same time. Crazy genius musings about religion, truth, family and purpose. WOW.. it was so good that I got off my flight and just sat in the airport for 30 minutes finishing it before I get in the cab to head home. 5/5!!!

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BookishTrish
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When the seven year old organizes your TBR, it's surprising what doesn't make the cut

Lcsmcat 😂 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
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scripturient
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Pickpick

This was a piece of astonishing fiction with a great gothic atmosphere that had me captivated till the end. It's a powerful novel written in beautiful language which doesn't need a fast pace or elaborate twists or gory horror. Yet, it is mesmerising and disturbing and will surely keep me occupied for a while.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I loved this so much!! His writing is amazing!! 2y
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scripturient
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Dropped off the kid at kindergarten? - Check!
Shovelled my driveway and those of the (sick) neighbours? - Check!
Vacuumed the house? - Check!
Ok, I guess mommy deserves a cuppa and her book on this cold and blustery morning. 😁

tif How are you finding this one? I'm curious about it 2y
Cinfhen Good job, mom! 💪🏼💜 2y
scripturient @tif I actually really like it and don‘t understand why it has gotten so many bad reviews. Maybe people were expecting something different. It‘s not a horror novel but it has quite a creepy atmosphere. The story itself is very ‘slow‘ if you know what I mean - oftentimes not much is happening but it‘s all about creating this uneasy feeling of place. 2y
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tif @scripturient hrmmmm... I guess there's only.one way to find out! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I really liked this one. The ending baffled me and I had to read a lot of explanation online. I enjoyed the atmosphere the author created. 2y
scripturient @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes, it feels so weirdly atmospheric. I‘m about forty pages from the end and hope to finish it tonight. 😊 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im here if you need to discuss when you‘re done! 2y
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scripturient
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My current read. 😊

Reviewsbylola I got this in my last swap and I‘m excited to read it! 2y
Heideschrampf Nope. Cover too scary. 2y
JazzFeathers Gorgeous cover 😍 2y
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LauraBrook
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure what I just read. It‘s atmospheric, and Mr Hurley sure can write, but it seemed to be a lot of creepy build up just fizzling out at the end. I started reading this back in October and was getting so scared that I left it sit until today. Because of the strength of the writing and how unusual and real the characters are I had no problem jumping back in as if no time had passed. But I think I maybe don‘t get this? Not sure.

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AnneCecilie
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Just started on this. Looking good so far

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Happy Halloween 🎃! Happy last day off the month! I had one of the best reading months in October. I read 10 books. Favourites: The Loney, A Great Reckoning, The Last Ballad and Crimes of the Father. The Good: That‘s My Baby and The History of Bees. The Pans: Birdcage Walk, The Shoe in the Roof and Seven Days of Us and The Rules of Magic.

Cinfhen 🙌🏻 2y
bedandabook What a great month! 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Pickpick

5-stars! Wow I really loved this one. The characters! The writing! I never wanted to put this one down. I can also check off Freezer Worthy Horror for #LitsyReadingChallenge. ☺️

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Really enjoying this one so far! Wonderful writer with great characters.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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But first I‘m going to do some Halloween flavoured reading! (Before I start on Little Fires Everywhere) 🎃🎃

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LauraBrook
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I‘m about to start reading The Loney. The sun is setting. Bad idea?
#readathon @DeweysReadathon

RidgewayGirl It‘s a weird one. Gothic, but not scary, I thought. 2y
LauraBrook @RidgewayGirl It‘s creepy - sometimes that more scary for me than “actual” scary books. I psyched myself out 1/3 through and couldn‘t pick it up again at night. Hoping to tackle it today. 2y
andrew61 Hope you enjoy it, i did and saw him discuss it with jenn Ashworth who was talking about Fell. Both really capture the feeling of Lancashire folklore well and its atmosphere. 2y
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squirrelbrain
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#bookhaul Just been for a quick trot round to my local shops to see if I could get any autumn bedding plants ???. None to be had but I may have accidentally popped into the charity shop - Qb.50 for all these.....
Any recommendations on where to start?

TrishB A Thousand Splendid Suns is awesome 👍 2y
LauraBrook Haven‘t read any yet by I have Guernsey and Loney in my TBR! 2y
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tricours
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September reading summary! Quite ok. The Loney is probably my favorite, Satantango and Leviathan Wakes were also great. #tricoursstats

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved The Loney. I had so many questions!! 2y
tricours @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled me too! And I liked that. Some authors are a bit overzealous when it comes to explaining everything. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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My #OctoberTBR. Not pictured: The Mysteries of Udolpho. I'm trying Serial Reader for that read and that will be the first time I read anything that is not print.

#SpookyOctober

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Moray_Reads
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Pickpick

To categorise this novel as horror does it a disservice. Hurley has created an ominous sense of foreboding and mines the bleak landscape of his setting for all the atmosphere it's worth. There are elements, the best of which are left hanging and hinted at, which are horrific enough but it's also a lyrical, sophisticated exploration of faith and doubt, it's laugh-out-loud, it's terribly sad and while it's not perfect it is very, very good

LauraBrook I was thinking of starting this his morning - thanks for your great review! Will be ferreting it out from a shelf/pile tonight! 2y
Moray_Reads @LauraBrook it's very unsettling and cleverly done. There are a couple of moments that stayed into more obvious, overt horror territory that I liked less, I prefer more subtlety, but overall it was excellent 2y
TrishB Good review 👍 but me and this book just didn't click! I read and appreciated it but didn't really enjoy it. 2y
minkyb Nice review! 2y
scripturient I have this on my TBR shelf. 😊 2y
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tricours
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Pickpick

Brilliant! Atmospheric, spooky (yet humorous!), slow and meandering, strange and confusing. This is the kind of book I am always looking for but so rarely find. Thanks @Moray_Reads !

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes! Well said! 2y
andrew61 Great book - you should try Fell by jenn Ashworth, last year she and Andrew hurley gave a talk about the element of magic in north west England. 2y
tricours @andrew61 thanks for the recommendation! I've added it to my TBR. 2y
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elliemcc11 It's set not far from me so it instantly went on my netgalley list. Glad to hear it's a great read 👍 2y
elliemcc11 Yet to read Fell by Jenn Ashworth but I'd recommend her other novels. 2y
tricours @elliemcc11 ooh, great! 2y
Moray_Reads I just bought this so I'm glad to hear it's worth a read x 2y
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tricours
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Heading over there for a final 15 min read while the sourdough bread is in the oven and before we leave for my boyfriend's nephew's farm, which we've never visited! This book is magnificent, I don't mind reading it slowly to make it last longer.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Please let me know your thought when youre done! I had SO many questions after I finished it. It's really thought-provoking. 2y
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tricours
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Work is over, the sun is shining, I've rescued Conan from his unplanned imprisonment in the basement (like 17 hours!!!) and I'm starting my #litsypartyofone with some cider that isn't particularly good but I'm Northern Scandinavian and we don't waste alcohol.

Cathythoughts Sounds pretty good to me. Enjoy 😊🍎🍎🍎 2y
Suet624 😁😁 2y
Kalalalatja Hahahahaha that's so true! 😂😂😂 2y
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britt_brooke 😆👏🏻 2y
arlenefinnigan We can all learn something from the North Scandinavians. 2y
andrew61 I hope you enjoy the loney, i saw the author last year, an interesting read. 2y
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Bookboss
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Pickpick

The author does a brilliant job of creating a creepy, ominous atmosphere, but I would not categorize the novel as horror. A Roman Catholic priest and a group of congregants make a pilgrimage to a shrine in the hopes of curing a young man. The book does not have clear cut answers for what actually happens. We do witness faith, superstition, pragmatism, and despair, all connected by a deep and abiding loneliness. Not a cheery read, but gripping.

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Loralie
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Mehso-so

I think that I was expecting something different from this book. It's told by a man looking back on a religious pilgrimage taken when he was a boy with a group from his church in order to "cure" his mute brother and the things that happened. The writing was atmospheric but I spent the first half of the book waiting for something to happen & the last half thinks "wait, what"?

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Nikki15
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Mehso-so

Glad I stuck with this one! A bit slow to start and quite a strong religious theme but actually enjoyed the way it ended.

TrishB I struggled with this ond have to admit! 3y
Nikki15 @TrishB it wasn't as gripping as I would have hoped but it's wasn't awful. It was nice to read something different. Getting past the first few chapters, it's much better. 3y
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jhod
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booksandsympathy That's gorgeous! 3y
JoeStalksBeck Great cover! 3y
BookwormM Love the cover 3y
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andrew61
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#MayBookFlowers #unreliablenarrators
I really enjoyed this creepy novel set in a 1970's north west coastal Catholic retreat and also managed to see the author and jenn Ashworth (Fell is brilliant) discuss their two books set in north west England together.

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Mehso-so

The Lonely won't leave me alone. It's set in a Catholic retreat on a deserted part of coastline in the north-east of England in seventies - which (Catholic retreat apart) pretty much sums up my early years. Confusing & creepy. Loved the sense of place but overall it was a bit too long.

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bekakins
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Book club next week... Really not sure what I think of this currently! Gets rave reviews but less than 100 pages to go and still don't feel like it's going anywhere... Am I missing something?!?

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JBarr
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Excited to start this gothic mystery!

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jenniferheidi
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Mehso-so

Brilliantly atmospheric writing, interesting characters and some truly creepy scenes spoiled by a confused plot and too much padding.

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Nicole94
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Bailedbailed

It's very rare that I come across a book that I cannot read. I was very excited about this book because it sounded so different and unusual, but I just couldn't get into it. I only got a few pages in before I decided I couldn't hack it. I always try and give a book a chance and attempt to plod through, but I don't know what it was with this one that I just couldn't. Beautiful cover though.

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Whatshereadnext
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Mehso-so

Full of atmosphere but lacking in event! The author did a great job of building tension but it didn't lead to much 😕 I found the religious details and ceremony very interesting though so couldn't pan it!

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GatheringBooks
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Happening right now at the Singapore Writers Festival as Hurley talks about landscape in setting up horror and menace in his book.

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Weave
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Mehso-so

'The Loney' is an odd story to talk about, I know that is not exactly helpful for anyone who is reading this ~ apologies for that. It has a interesting story, the premise is good, the characters, unfortunately are not memorable. The best thing about the story is how unsettling it is.

Jillsandypants I just got this book from the library and I'm on the fence about whether or not to read it. 🤔 3y
Weave I don't want to say read it and then not like it, maybe read a few chapters? You might enjoy it x 3y
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Aliking1986
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Panpan

Stuck with it hoping all would become clear in the end. It didn't. It didn't really scare me, I just found it very bleak. Incoherent in places and I was sorely tempted to skip ahead a few paragraphs/pages to see if the story was headed anywhere remotely interesting. Disappointed.

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Robothugs
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Bailedbailed

Unfortunately I just did not connect with this novel. Just when it started to hold my attention, the writing would drift and I would lose focus. I always give a novel a chance up to 100 pages. With proper focus, I think it could've been a great novel.

Bette I give it about 100 pages too, then if I bail, I think...I could be a hundred pages into a good book. 😛 3y
Robothugs @Bette I know 😂 it's anxiety inducing! But I try to stand firm in my decision. I always leave myself room to come back to it at a later date if I choose to... maybe it just wasn't the right time to read it? 🤔 Oh goodness. Anxiety inducing. 3y
Bette Yeah. It's hard to give up on a book. 🤔📚 3y
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Robothugs
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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 forty years earlier when he visited the place as a boy.

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BraveNewBooks Yes! Getting very excited 3y
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Jessnoice
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Pickpick

This book reminds me of my favorite short story The Way of the Cross by Daphne du Maurier. The questionable religious pilgrimage allows for wonderful characters to develop. While not the most action packed novel, the writing is superb. Hurley creates an absolutely haunting atmosphere.

Kirstin Not action packed but, unsettling. Good book! 3y
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BookDude
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Mehso-so

Atmospheric and suspenseful, but more a tale of family and faith. I see this book on Horror lists, but this is not a horror novel at all. Still, it's well-written.

Whatshereadnext Im halfway through, I put it down and have somehow read 4 others since 😂 Im just not feeling it! Completely agree that its not a horror 3y
Kirstin While I disagree, I do think it's a horror novel, I'm having a great time trying to figure out what classifies a book as 'horror'? 3y
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Simona
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The whole story is about building the atmosphere - malevolent, gloomy and threatening. The star of this book is Loney, the place of the annual pilgrimage for a family in which the mother is a devoted believer with strong faith in god and they're trying to heal the sick boy Hanny. The narrator of the story is his brother Smith, deeply shocked at the strange events.

#funfridayphoto with @Liberty

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