The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley audiobook

The Loney

By Andrew Michael Hurley
Read by Richard Burnip

Blackstone Publishing 9780544746527
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The eerie, suspenseful debut novel hailed by Stephen King as “an amazing piece of fiction” and 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 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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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2015 Costa Book Award for First Novel

A London Times Best Book of 2015

A London Daily Mail Best Book of 2015

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for May 2016

A Washington Post Pick of Horror Novels

A Chicago Tribune Pick for Audiobooks

A Publishers Weekly Pick for Best Summer Reads of 2016 

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Spring 2016 

A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick

The eerie, suspenseful debut novel hailed by Stephen King as “an amazing piece of fiction” and 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s not just good, it’s great. An amazing piece of fiction.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A stunning novel—about faith, the uncanny, strange rituals, and the oddity of human experience. Beautifully written, it’s immensely entertaining, but also deep and wide.” Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author
“This ultimately terrifying debut novel…contains dark, unexpected depths, which only really reveal themselves long after his evocative prose has led you far from shore.” Entertainment Weekly
“A serious drama about the nature of faith. The terrors of this novel feel timeless, almost biblical: there are abominations here, and miracles.” New York Times Book Review
“An eerie, disturbing read that doesn’t let up until its surprise ending.” Daily Mail (London)
“A gothic masterpiece.” Guardian (London)
“Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both.” Telegraph (London)
“A masterful excursion into terror.” Sunday Times (London)
“Hurley tantalizes the reader by keeping explanations for what is happening just out of reach, and depicting a natural world beyond understanding. His sensitive portrayal of Tonto and Hanny’s relationship and his insights into religious belief and faith give this eerie tale depth and gravity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The characterizations are superb…This eerily atmospheric and engrossing novel will captivate readers who like their fiction with a touch of the gothic.” Library Journal
“An atmospheric debut novel with well-drawn characters set on a bedrock of faith.” Booklist
“Richard Burnip performs this moody, disturbing tale with skill and polish…It is original, mysterious and powerful, and quite haunting.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Andrew Michael Hurley

Author Bio: Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley lives in Lancashire, where he teaches English literature and creative writing. He has published two short-story collections. His first novel, The Loney, won the Costa First Book Award, was short-listed for the James Herbert Award, and was published in twenty territories.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English