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Blanky – Kealan Patrick Burke ★★★

Blurb; In the wake of his infant daughter’s tragic death, Steve Brannigan is struggling to keep himself together. Estranged from his wife, who refuses to be inside the house where the unthinkable happened, and unable to work, he seeks solace in an endless parade of old sitcoms and a bottle of bourbon.

Until one night he hears a sound from his daughter’s old room, a room now stripped bare of anything that identified it as hers…except for her security blanket, affectionately known as Blanky.

Blanky, old and frayed, with its antiquated patchwork of badly sewn rabbits with black button eyes, who appear to be staring at the viewer…

Blanky, purchased from a strange old man at an antique stall selling “BABY CLOSE” at a discount.

The presence of Blanky in his dead daughter’s room heralds nothing short of an unspeakable nightmare that threatens to take away what little light remains in Steve’s shattered world.

Because his daughter loved Blanky so much, he buried her with it.

My Review; This was the first book I have read by this author. He was highly recommended by many bookstagrammers. I went into this story expecting pure horror but this was not the case. For me this was more of a spooky read. Creepy. But still a great read. A short read at 75 pages. This gave me a great introduction to this author and his level of horror so I knew what to expect for his following books I read. I would recommend. Perfect for those who don’t have time for the big books. Its brilliant written. Gripping. Tense. Edgy. I really felt sorry for Steve’s character throughout. Poor man.

A well deserved three stars from me. Mostly cause I went in expecting dark horror. I was wrong. This also gave me a phobia of baby blankets. Good job my kids have both grown up now.

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