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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Michael Hurley Narrator: Richard Burnip Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781504719186
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s not just good, it’s great. An amazing piece of fiction.”

    Stephen King

  • “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.”


  • “Richard Burnip performs this moody, disturbing tale with skill and polish…It is original, mysterious and powerful, and quite haunting.”


  • Winner of the 2015 Costa Book Award for First Novel
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Spring 2016 
  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for Best Summer Reads of 2016 
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for May 2016
  • A Chicago Tribune Pick for Audiobooks
  • A London Times Best Book of 2015
  • A London Daily Mail Best Book of 2015
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About the Author

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 2015 Costa First Novel Award and will be published in sixteen territories.

About the Narrator

Richard Burnip is an actor, writer, and historian whose work includes theater, documentaries, audiobooks, and lectures. He has recorded more than seventy audiobooks, including thrillers, histories, biographies, and children’s books. His voice-over work includes documentaries, computer games, multimedia installations, and websites.