I’m delighted to be closing the blog tour for Halcyon by Rio Youers, a must read for any horror fan!
Halcyon is the answer for anyone who wants to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems.
A self-sustaining community on a breathtakingly beautiful island, Halcyon is run for people who want to live without fear, crime or greed. Its leader has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing, and believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure.
On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. Yet he soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer. As the founder captivates his young family, Martin sets out to discover the truth of the island, however terrible it might be, where something so perfect hides unimaginable darkness beneath…
With a title that bleeds on the cover, Halcyon is just as dark as you imagine it would be! Where the blub reads “self-sustaining community”, I read “cult”! Just look at this books cover, I don’t care how wonderful “Glam Moon” sounds, you just know things are going to get dark and twisted, it’s just a case of how dark, how twisted?
Halcyon has several of what I like to call “oh shit!” moments, or “oh my!” moments for those of you who shy away from curse words. But, I should be clear, if you shy away from swearing, violence and plots that can get extremely dark, then it’s probably best you skip this novel. However, if you want to step into the darkness, and see just how close heaven is to hell, then you should definitely go ahead and read this novel. Back to those “oh shit!” moments, these are moments where the plot shocked you in a way you didn’t see coming; when the author surprises you in a way that makes things a whole lot more interesting.
The story/tragedy of how Martin and his family end up moving to Halcyon was so interesting, it delivered the first “oh shit!” moment, because I certainly didn’t see it coming, but I loved it! Halcyon also introduced some concepts that I really like reading about, when the boundaries of this world are pushed, and a touch of the supernatural comes into play. But it’s done in a way that’s not overstated, instead, it draws you deeper into the plot.
One of the things that really stood out in this novel was the complexity of the characters, the trauma they’re dealing with, and how they chose to address it. This mostly applies to Mother Moon, the leader of Halcyon, now there’s a dark backstory, one that shows what happens when a person is pushed to the brink of pain. Halcyon homes in on the psychological, how the mind copes with certain events; this notion underpins the plot, and it made for a brilliant, and dark, read. At a little over 500 pages, Youers has enough time to explore and expand on certain parts of the plot, but never does the plot become dull or lacking in tempo. It isn’t the fasted paced novel, but it is a quick read because it’s psychologically intense and interesting!
Bestselling author, Sarah Pinborough, dubbed Youers a “King for the new generation” – a bold statement, but a very exciting one, because when I read this novel, I got major Doctor Sleep vibes! Granted, I’m only half way through Doctor Sleep at the time of writing this review, but reading both of these novels, side by side, showed just how much promise there is in Pinborough’s statement, and how talented Youers is. I definitely recommend Halcyon to fans of King, and fans of horror fiction in general. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, it’s one not to be missed!
*My thanks to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
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