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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
Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Titan Books Ltd (first published 2018)
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The book blurb for Halcyon by Rio Youers really seemed to skip the entire beginning of this horror/thriller read. The story begins following the Lovegrove family and also switching to the members of Halcyon’s activities.

Martin Lovegrove and his wife have two daughters the youngest of which is Edith who has begun to suffer from night terrors. The family does everything they can to help Edith get through this when they discover what Edith is seeing at night is really happening around the world.

Sadie Hartmann
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Rio Youers and his publisher for sending this book to the Night Worms for early reading and honest reviewing.

It's such a pleasure to be reviewing this book on its publication date. Happy Book Birthday!! (July 10th, 2018)
I knew nothing about this book except that Paul Tremblay said it was "a page-turning, white knuckle thriller". For me, I would say that this story transcends all the typical genres--it has a little something borrowed from a lot of different genres I enjoy: It was com
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sent to my reading group The Night Worms by the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I love when I find a fantastic new author. Not only had I never read a book by Youers before, but I had actually never heard of him. Sometimes I feel like I'm living under a rock. I've spent the majority of 2018 trying to find as many new authors in the horror genre as I can, and so far I'm very pleased with the authors I've discovered. I'm now adding Youers to that list.

I went int
J.K. Grice
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I love when a book exceeds my expectations, and that was exactly what happened with HALCYON. I had read Youers wonderful WESTLAKE SOUL some years back, but when I read his novel POINT HOLLOW, I didn't really care for it that much. So... I was hoping to feel a great Rio Youers vibe again, and he certainly did not disappoint with HALCYON.

Youers builds this ingenious thriller with psychic wonders, paranormal experiences, and edge of your seat pacing. The characters are excellently fleshed out and
Jon Recluse
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
A family, torn apart by tragedy, seeks solace at Halcyon, an island commune isolated from the horrors of the outside world....only to discover that other horrors await.

Rio Youers never fails to deliver powerful page turners, and Halcyon is no exception, wielding the raw edge of the real world terror, and making the supernatural just as real, and just as frightening, while offering up characters that you can't help feeling empathy for, because you know them, good, bad and completely twisted.

Cody | CodysBookshelf
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the ARC, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

First off: do not go into this book expecting to immediately encounter the story as hinted at in the synopsis. That bit of the plot doesn’t kick in until part two, over a hundred pages in. The chapters leading up to that are largely shrouded in mystery; Rio Youers has written a definite slow burn. And that is fine. I love slow burns . . . if what I am reading is, at least, interesting. I found my attention
Frank Errington
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About seven or eight years ago, I attended my first Horror Convention, Horrorfind, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was in the reading room where I first encountered Rio Youers. He read from one of his stories in Dark Dreams, Pale Horses from PS Publishing. I loved the story and Rio was an excellent reader, too. Later I picked up his novella, Mama Fish, and I've been hooked ever since (pun intended).

What do I enjoy about Rio's work? It could be the character-driven stories, it could be the believ
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, Halcyon is kind of a strange book.

There’s an aspect to it that trends toward paranormal that I hadn’t expected and ended up loving.

Mother Moon is, at first, bizarre, but as you read, you eventually understand everything that made her into this strange and dark human being. At times, I felt for her, even as I loathed her.

Note that some of what happens in the book is ‘ripped from the headlines’. As I read this in February/March 2018, it was way too close to much of what had been happening in t
Glenn Rolfe
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HALCYON is my lead-dog for Novel of the Year. Brilliantly written, with tons of heart, blood, and real life terror to keep you turning the pages. Youers's voice is wonderful. Can't wait to dig into the rest of his work. ...more
Zuky the BookBum
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've always loved cults as a subject, but I rarely find any fictional books about them which was why I was so excited to receive this book from Titan Books! And I can say straight off that this book didn't disappoint me.

I did a brief First Impression review for this book and all my initial excitement about the cult and the characters didn't wane through the story. It was a really exciting book all the way through with plenty of creepy atmosphere, violence and thrills!

I genuinely loved the charac
Derek Harmsworth
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the opportunity to read an advance uncorrected proof, I went into "Halcyon", the latest offering by Rio Youers, with eyes wide open and little expectation. Having not previously read anything by the Southwestern Ontario based author, I was excited to begin a journey I knew precious little about.

I was not disappointed. In fact, a borderline leap of faith I found myself thrust into through a Facebook contest of sorts organized by author Owen King, was highly rewarded with an entertaining sto
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one had a great opener then steadily moved its way into disturbing psychological thriller territory.

It's got a bit of a strange, supernatural thread running through it, but the strong foundation is the way it peers into the notion of pain and its causes.

It starts with a family: Martin, his wife Laura, and their two girls, Shirley and Edith. Edith has a touch of The Shine, so if you're not big on psychic visions etc this one may not be for you. For me, it was just enough to add an interestin
Michael Hicks
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Halcyon is my first novel-length exposure to Rio Youers, although I had previously read only a single short story from him in the anthology Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror. In fact, it was that short story that made me eager to read more of Youers work, and Halcyon served as an excellent introduction to his long-form writing. I suspect, though, that a simple WOW! isn't quite satisfactory enough for a review, but it encapsulates my feelings perfectly.

For the first 30-50%, Halcyon is
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halcyon is, for me, sort of the perfect novel: characters facing real-life issues straight from the day’s headlines, but all churned up with fantastic supernatural twists. You know the dread, that deep down in the pit of your stomach dread that comes from following the news day after day, news of school shootings and suicide bombers? Take that dread, cross it with the bone-chilling fear you feel when you lose yourself in a perfectly executed supernatural thriller, and you’ve got Rio Youers’ Halc ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Youers’s Halcyon is gut-punch of a thriller, one that had me thinking about our American rat-race, our own visions and dreams, and some people’s perverted paradises. My advice: Don’t be like me. Let yourself go and enjoy this book right from the start.

Full review can be found here:

All my reviews are on my blog:
Nick Cato
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Thriller” my ass! This is one of the best horror novels of the year, whatever you label it. Full review 9/3/18 at
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to get to read an advanced, uncorrected proof of Halcyon. I count myself exceptionally lucky. This was my first time reading anything by Rio Youers, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to like it right away. Not many opening chapters are as enticing as this was. Usually with new authors I take awhile to get used to their style, but with Rio Youers, I was hooked almost from the start. It was a bonus to find out he is relatively local to where I live in Ontario so I hope i ...more
Meggan Turner
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex | | findingmontauk1
“They used to burn girls like you at the stake.”

Halcyon is the first book I have read by Rio Youers and it definitely did not let me down. I chose to not research this book before going into it because I have just started really enjoying going into books blind! I am sure this trend will come and go for me, but at this time, I am enjoying just opening a book that has been selected as one I may enjoy and seeing where it takes me. And this book took me all the way to Halcyon, “a beautiful island in
Audra (ouija.reads)
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
What a world we live in.

Just this year, there have already been over 20 school shootings in the United States. If that isn't enough to make you start seeing that there is something horribly wrong in our society these days, I don't know what will.

What if there were a place you could go, a place to live away from all the chaos, the news feeds, the violence, the technology? A quiet back-to-nature sort of society of like-minded individuals who just wanted to reboot and get back to what really matte
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First things first, I want to thank the publisher and author for an advanced reading copy of Halcyon in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this advanced reading copy in no way influences my opinions or thoughts on the novel.

Halcyon is Youers at his finest and is his best novel to date (and yes, that includes my raving over Westlake Soul). It is a slow burn that packs a wallop at every turn, mentally and emotionally. If you are looking for the perfect beach read or simply one to read before
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 aw
Melissa Peterson
In a world filled with tragedy and despair, there is "Halcyon."
After facing unspeakable tragedy, Martin Lovegrove embarks on a journey to take his family to “a healing place.” Enticed by the possibility to leave a troubled world, he brings his family to Halcyon. Following the persuasive leadership of Valerie Kemp, they begin the path to “Glam Moon.” Each day on Halcyon leads to more questions about this utopia, its leader, and his family’s safety.
Having never read anything by Rio Youers, I was
Wayne Fenlon
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rio Youers has done it again with Halcyon.
Man, can Rio tell a damn good story. And tell it so beautifully, too.
From the moment the story kicked off with ten-year-old Edith Lovegrove's premonitions, I was hooked.
Everything unfolds at a perfect pace, and by the time you're three quarters in, you're thinking, how the hell does Rio manage to pull things together so well.
If you are looking for a bit of supernatural, a bit mystery, a bit thriller, horror, and a huge slice of drama, in fact, a bit of
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
I became aware of Rio Youers via the social media posts of Christopher Golden. I then saw a blurb on Halcyon from one of my author faves Sarah Pinborough. So, I knew I HAD to have this novel. I knew it would be dark and it is well, well, well, with the remit of the horror genre. But crikey bobs was I ill prepared! There were moments of just having to put it down, simply because it is so intense.
I also found myself re-laying the whole plot to my husband (he is a non-reader, I know, it is gross!
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Rio Youers is a fine writer. Unlike most people, I found the best part of this novel to be the first third or so. I was very engaged in the characters and the writing was very fluid and true.

I guess I shouldn't knock a book for what it is, and ultimately it is a predictable thriller with a lot of action towards the climax, where I must confess to skimming before my eyes glazed over. And, to be honest, by this point there were some things that had really bugged me about some of the characters to
Derek Hynes
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rio Youers where have you been hiding?
Rio was on my radar for a while now and I was lucky enough to win a Facebook contest organised by Owen King. I received an ARC and proceeded to read or more accurately inhale this novel. "Timely" gets thrown around a lot but Halcyon deserves it. A family torn apart by senseless violence and lured to a Utopian Island (but is it really?) The supernatural elements crept in and took hold of these believable characters. I won't give too much away but I thoroughl
Russ King
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me the book started a little slow, as I was trying to figure how the different characters would mesh. Once everything came together, the book became a page turner. Although some parts may be disturbing to some people, it is needed to explain what happened to a main character.
The book takes place in 2018 so all the things that are happening the reader can relate to and understand why Martin does what he does. Youers does a great job of making characters totally believable and being a father,
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Unfortunately, I think this one is going to be a DNF for me. I read to the halfway point & just
can't connect with this story. Other friends have given this book positive reviews, so look into what a few others have said. I had a few moments where I would start getting into it, and then it would go back into pages of descriptions. It was an up & down experience for me. There were a lot of tangents that I found to be distracting. There are similar elements to other stories I'm interested in like
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me in right from the beginning. It was disturbing in all the right ways and I couldn’t put it down. With all of the crazy things happening in our world, this book teaches the reader a great lesson in the end, while remaining the entertaining, gripping, holy-cow-don’t-do-that kind of read that I look for in a thriller!
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Rio Youers is the British Fantasy and Sunburst Award–nominated author of Westlake Soul and Halcyon. His 2017 thriller, The Forgotten Girl, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. He is the writer of Sleeping Beauties, a comic book series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King. Rio's new novel, Lola on Fire, will be published by William Morrow in Februa ...more

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