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The Loney

On sale

7th April 2016

Price: £9.99

Costa First Novel Award, 2016

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473619852

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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER. WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD.
THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016.

A brilliantly unsettling and atmospheric debut full of unnerving horror – The Loney is not just good, it’s great. It’s an amazing piece of fiction’ Stephen King

Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector.

Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . .

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care.

But then the child’s body is found.

And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.

‘This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill’ Observer

‘A masterful excursion into terror’ The Sunday Times

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Observer
This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill
Daily Express
A haunting and ambiguous novel that will keep you up at night
Guardian
Here is the masterpiece by which Hurley must enter the Guild of the Gothic: it pleases me to think of his name written on some parchment scroll, alongside those of Walpole, Du Maurier, Maturin and Jackson
Daily Telegraph
An extraordinarily haunted and haunting novel
New Statesman
A tale of suspense that sucks you in and pulls you under. As yarns go, it rips
Financial Times
A masterclass in spinning out tension
The Times, Books of the Year
Written with the skill of a poet
Sunday Express summer reads
A haunting exploration of religion, faith and family. Hurley's evocation of the landscape is bleak and beautiful, while his portrayal of a family slowly imploding is both perceptive and compelling
Stephen King
An amazing piece of fiction
Sunday Times
A masterful excursion into terror
Metro
An unforgettable addition to the ranks of the best British horror
Daily Mail
An eerie, disturbing read that doesn't let up until its surprise ending