What it's about:
Set largely on a bleak stretch of northern coast - the Loney - it charts the strange pilgrimage to a local shrine, instigated by the narrator Smith's mother 'Mummer', of an ill-assorted group, hoping to find a cure for her other son Hanny's mutism and learning difficulties. The tension builds as members of the group fall out, the locals behave oddly and a secret room is unveiled at the house where they are staying. Smith and Hanny soon find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their comprehension, but one that will change both their lives forever.
Why BookFabulous recommends it:
1. Hailed as an 'amazing piece of fiction' by non other than Stephen King,
2. A fantastic debut 'atmospheric literary horror' set in Lancashire, it has won Best First Novel section of the Costa Book Awards.
3. It has been released in 11 countries and there's a film on the way.