Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Book Review - The Loney - Andrew Michael Hurley


“Hell was a place ruled by the logic of children.”

The Loney follows a religious group - arguably religious fanatics - who go on a pilgrimage to the Loney, a small village by the coast, to attempt to cure the protagonist's mute brother. What was once a quiet, god loving village, has now turned into something darker, where the group are not welcome.

I had such high hopes for this book. I was in Waterstones and had just bought two books to read when I came across this. From reading the back I thought it would be a horror story, dark and mystic. Though I left the shop without it, I couldn't stop thinking about how I wanted to read the book, I just couldn't get it out of my head, so later that day I bought it on my kindle. 

It wasn't what I expected at all. It could have been so great, a story of religion vs the occult in a way. It could have been dark and creepy, it had so much potential. However, I think it fell short. The story never really picked up, and by the time I was halfway through I just didn't care anymore. There was one segment where I thought the story would finally get darker and we would see some of the rituals of the village, but it was short lived and never mentioned again. 

I think the portrayal of Mummer as a mother clinging desperately to religion in the hopes of a cure for her mute son was written well, but overall I didn't connect to any of the characters. I didn't really connect to any of the story at all. 

Perhaps in the right setting this could have built some tension up inside me, made me feel a little eerie, but mostly I just felt bored. I am really disappointed, because as I said, I really thought this book was going to be great. Therefore, I give it 2/5. For me nothing happened, perhaps the ending could have salvaged the rest of the book, but even the small twist didn't have much of an impact.  
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