Horror Novel Review: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

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Description from Goodreads:

“If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.

It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.

I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget….”

I bought this book from a discount book store, having previously decided to get it from the library, I couldn’t resist especially when I had a voucher on my loyalty card so it didn’t cost much. I keep hearing about this book, someone I know read it and said it was good, then strangers in the book shop were recommending it to me so I had to read it.

Here’s My Review:

The Loney is an engaging read, I relished the style and language, each sentence perfectly constructed to grip you and settle terror in the pit of your stomach. It’s a novel of taunting suspense, the subtle nuances of horror dripping from the pages. I loved the eerie setting of the Loney, the tide that grabs everything and releases corpses onto the sands, a perfect horror novel setting. It’s a clever horror novel, with moments of breath-holding terror but also leaves you chilled by the atmosphere of the novel and the things unsaid. I do prefer horror stories that show you more, rather than hint, but these type of novels seem more frequent now and the atmosphere, the sense of discomfort, stays with you well after you’ve turned the last page.

Although I did enjoy this book the ending left me feeling deflated or disappointed, it didn’t deliver. Unless I’ve missed something. I read some explanations from other readers online, an unreliable narrator being one. Interesting, how even after you read this book it’s still making you think!

I would still recommend this book, it’s a good horror story and it did what the author intended.

I’m now going to read Andrew Michael Hurleys’ next book: Devil’s Day, an advanced reader’s copy, which will be released 19th October so look out for that.

Have you read this book? What did you think of the ending?

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