The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
July 22, 2015, Article by Beau Merchant in Books Worth Staring At
The book: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Published: August 2015, by John Murray
Why we loved it: A devout church group from London take a pilgrimage to an isolated coastal village in the North West of England in the hope of curing one of their mute children. They stay in an old cottage called The Moorings, which definitely wouldn’t be getting a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor.
The rain falls and tensions rise as the group are forced to question how far to go in the name of faith, face some truths from the past, and deal with the unwanted attention of some creepy locals. To say any more would spoil this confident and beautifully written debut, but as the story unfolds and sub-plots are introduced the novel moves from the strange to the downright scary.
Comparisons to The Wicker Man will no doubt be made, but there are also elements of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, and the bleakness and youthful innocence of Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory.
As soon as I’d finished the book I started over and re-read it. It was that good.