The Loney by Andrew Hurley is mesmerizing. Gorgeous prose creates a foreboding, gothic atmosphere that is truly spooky. A stretch of marshy, northern UK seashore called the loney is the setting. Mysterious, corrupted local people and increasingly odd events are the norm, creating a unique page turner with a creeping sense of dread. Two brothers are the main characters; the story begins in their childhood when they were part of a family that took annual pilgrimages to a shrine there with members of their church. The younger one looks back on a haunting, ominous time when their visit took a dark turn.