The Loney
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The Loney


"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...."

Title:The Loney
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

    The Loney Reviews

  • Imi
    Jan 25, 2016

    This was a bit of an odd one. Maybe my expectations were too high after all the praise I've heard about it, but I didn't find myself connecting with this in the same way that others have. Too much was...

  • Emma
    Jan 14, 2016

    Well deserved Costa First Novel Winner (2015)There's a lot that could have gone wrong in this book. Every gothic/horror motif you can think of forms part of the story, including: moors/crumbling old h...

  • Michael Forester
    Jan 02, 2016

    This shining star of a book has been so thoroughly praised I feel like a heretic in raising my lonely voice in disagreement! Let me start, though, with what I enjoyed about The Loney. Firstly, Andrew ...

  • Paromjit
    May 31, 2016

    It begins with the discovery of a child's body. Smith is the narrator of The Loney. He is looking back on events from his childhood and they are presented with all the innocence of the time and non of...

  • Susan
    Jan 15, 2017

    The narrator of this book is known only to us by his surname, ‘Smith’ or the nickname given to him by Father Bernard, ‘Tonto.’ We first meet him as a middle aged man, who is seeing a therapist...

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Mar 13, 2015

    Astonishing literary fiction with a gothic dark undertone that had me alert from beginning to end. I read this in hours, unable to put it down and it's a powerfully written novel that doesn't need a f...

  • Blair
    May 01, 2015

    Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.Was ever a book more suited to a grey and drizzly Bank Holiday weekend? (Which it was, when I read it.) Steeped in religious symbolism and quintessenti...

  • Ruth
    Jul 14, 2015

    I struggled with this story. I was never quite sure where it was going, or why it was going there. I felt I should have been more on edge than I was, and more shocked than I actually felt. It was dark...

  • Diane S ?
    Oct 07, 2015

    The Loney with its mystical shrine, a mother full of religious fervor, taking her backward non talking son on a pilgrimage yearly hoping he would be healed. But the Looney is a strange place, a place ...

  • Amanda
    Jun 23, 2016

    This was a solid 4 star read for me until about the last 15% and then it just fell apart. Way too heavy on the religious zealotry for my likes and it felt like there was this big build up and then not...