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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Publishing Group
On Sale: 07/10/2018
ISBN: 9781466884045384 Pages
From the author of End Times and Point Hollow comes a new thriller, Rio Youers's Halcyon
HALCYON is the answer for all Americans who want to escape, but paradise isn't what it seems. A beautiful island in the middle of Lake Ontario—a self-sustaining community made up of people who want to live without fear, crime, or greed. Halcyon is run by Valerie Kemp, aka Mother Moon, benevolent and altruistic on the outside, but hiding an unimaginable darkness inside. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing. And she 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. He soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer and sets out to discover the truth—however terrible it might be—behind the island and its mysterious founder, Mother Moon.
She saw the man with no hands first. He lay screaming in the road, caught in the shimmer of something burning. His skin was blackened and smoke corkscrewed from his hair. It was his wrists, though—the raw stumps of his wrists—that...
Praise for Halcyon
"A prescient exploration of domestic terrorism and the fears that currently grip ordinary people worldwide, Halcyon is a slick, page-turning thriller that establishes Rio Youers as an author with something to say. Ominous and yet somehow full of hope, Halcyon shows that Youers is a Koontz or King for a new generation." —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart.
"Rio Youers deftly mixes family drama, ESP, politics, and the collective insanity of cults into a heady cultural critique that also functions as a page-turning, white-knuckle thriller. Halcyon is a tornado of a novel." —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
"Rich, multilayered and compulsively readable, Halcyon is a ferocious yet thoughtful and very timely take on our need to believe in a better place." —Michael Marshall, New York Times bestselling author of The Straw Men.
"I’m warning you: stay away from Halcyon if you have a pressing deadline, children that must be fed, dogs that need to be walked. Because it will own you completely and gobble up all your time and focus with its spellbinding sentences, vividly realized characters, furious pacing, and skin-crawling chills. Rio Youers is a master." — Benjamin Percy, author of The Dark Net, Thrill Me, and Red Moon