All Star

Following on from Geek World Wide’s 10/10 review for Halcyon, the good people at Publishers Weekly have dropped their appraisal, and I’m delighted to report that they have given my novel a coveted starred review.

They write: “[An] exceptional paranormal thriller … Youers humanizes all his characters and makes readers feel the pain of the events he describes.”

Halcyon is knocking it out of the park with the reviews (so far), but seeing that little red star from PW always gives me a wicked case of the feelgoods.

The whole review, brief but wonderful, can be found HERE.

Halcyon will be published in hardcover, e-book, and audio on July 10th. Visit the novel’s page on this website, or over at Macmillan, to find the pre-order links.

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Available Now!

Great news for UK e-book readers: The Forgotten Girl is now available on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, and wherever else you get your digital fix.

A little refresher: The Forgotten Girl earned starred reviews at both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Joe Hill called it, “An absolute rocket,” while Sarah Pinborough said that it “… leaves you breathless.” And let’s not forget that The Forgotten Girl was also a finalist for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel.

Priced at around £4—that’s less than a pint of beer in Britain; trust me, I know—it’s safe to say that you’re getting bang for your buck. Or, rather, your pound.

A couple of links, just for ease (I’m good like that). You can purchase it for your Kindle right here.  And your can make your Kobo happy by clicking right here.

The Forgotten Girl is published in the UK by Titan Books. The paperback version will hit bookstores in spring 2019.

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Chorus

Only two months until Halcyon is released in North America. The early response, on Goodreads, has been excellent, while Geeks World Wide awarded the book a 10/10. More reviews are expected in the weeks to come, so watch this space.

A number of authors—whose work and opinion I hold in the highest regard—have read Halcyon, and have joined the chorus of approval. I thought I’d bring their blurbs together in one post. So why not take a look … see if Halcyon sounds like a trip you’d enjoy.

“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 NetThrill Me, and Red Moon

C’mon … if that doesn’t that whet your appetite, I don’t know what will.

Halcyon hits North American stores in hardcover on July 10th. You can pre-order a copy at Amazon, of course—or you might consider a terrific independent store like Powell’s or IndieBound. And hey … don’t forget about your local bookstore.

The audio- and e-book versions also land in July (US and UK). The UK trade paperback (Titan Books) will be available a little later in the year.

More on Halcyon soon.

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The Hangman

Whoa! Some delightful and surprising news: THE FORGOTTEN GIRL has been nominated for Best Crime Novel in the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled.

The Arthur Ellis Award was established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman. It recognizes the best in all facets of crime writing, including detective, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing. Here’s the complete list of finalists in the Best Crime Novel category:

The Winners’ Circle, by Gail Bowen (McClelland & Stewart)
The Party, by Robyn Harding (Gallery/Scout Press)
The White Angel, by John MacLachlan (Gray Douglas and McIntyre)
Sleeping in the Ground, by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)
The Forgotten Girl, by Rio Youers (St. Martin’s Press)

What a terrific selection of books and authors. I’m honoured to stand alongside them.

A complete list of finalists, in all categories, can be found on the Crime Writers of Canada website.

The winners will be announced at The Arts and Letter Club, Toronto, on May 24th, 2018. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend (I’ll still be in Vienna), but I’d like to congratulate the finalists in all categories, and wish them the very best of luck.

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