Book review: The Loney
From the first few pages, Andrew Michael Hurley begins with one of the many spirals that slowly unwind throughout the duration of the book. We meet our narrator and main character, Smith. Troubled by his present and seeking peace with his past.
Hurley’s masterful use of inference and the things that are never said, captures perfectly a culture and time when certain conversations were only had as whispers and indeed, some topics were simply out-and-out not for discussion.
The excellent descriptions of the haunting ‘Loney’ and the characters who dwell there creates an eerie and uncomfortable backdrop for the tale of two brothers to unfold. The tender moments that capture Smith’s love for his disabled brother Hanny, are as masterfully succinct as the snapshots that describe their mothers struggles to keep things just as they have always been. Sadly for her, she never really stops hoping for so many things to change.
Here is a book that will give you more questions than answers. Questions that will fascinate and trigger feelings of confusion and need for resolution; similar in many ways to the pilgrims we meet in the book.
The Loney is one minibus ride you will be glad you have made. And you most certainly will not come back the same.