26 November 2015, The Tablet

The Loney

by AndrewMichael Hurley, reviewed by Laura Keynes

A creepy old house on the remote Lancashire coastline gives in to erosion, and a baby’s body is found amongst the ruins. What happened there? Only a few people know and one of them, the narrator, Smith, is preparing a confession.His memory takes him back to Easter 1976 and a religious retreat he made with his Catholic family, their parish priest and a few parishioners to an isolated stretch of coast known as the Loney, a “strange nowhere” between land and sea. Things take a sinister turn, and Smith – a teenage boy at the time – finds himself caught up in some dark and disturbing events.This is a confident debut in the vein of eerie thrillers such as Susan Hill’s Woman in Black. Originally published in a small print run by Tartarus Press, it has been pic
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