The Loney


Andrew Michael Hurley

First Sentence:     It had certainly been a wild end to the autumn.

Back of the book: 

Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector.

Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . .

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care.

But then the child’s body is found.

And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.

Quotes from the book:

She had grown up on the north-west coast, within spitting distance of the Loney and the place still buttered the edges of her accent even though she had long since left and had lived in London for twenty years or more.

‘Leonard took a bunch of keys from his pocket and opened the door to the cellar. He went down, shaking them in his hand, turning the babies cries to screams.’

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Last Sentence:     That we were running back across to the mainland, stumbling through the water channels in the fog, when a single gunshot echoed around the Loney, and was lost in the silence of the sands.