horror · Short Stories

Jack & Jill – Kealan Patrick Burke ★★★★

Blurb; When they were kids, Gillian and John used to visit the local cemetery every Sunday after church. It was a curious place for children to frequent, but they had their reasons. The main attraction was the lofty hill that separated the cemetery from the elementary school, and the act of tumbling down it like Jack and Jill was a ritualistic escape from the abuse they were suffering at their father’s hands.

It was an escape that lasted only until John’s tragic death.

Now, Gillian is all grown up. Married with two children, she has managed over the years to force the trauma of her nightmarish childhood into the darkest recesses of her mind.

But lately there are dreams, and in them Gillian sees impossibly vivid reenactments of the horrors she endured as a child. Nightly, she sees John die all over again, only not in the way she remembers.

And something else is in those dreams, stalking her, a terrible figure with wire-hanger hands and a plastic bag wrapped around its rotten face. A monster whose reach starts to extend beyond the boundaries of sleep into the waking world, threatening everything Gillian holds dear.

A monster she once called Daddy.

My Review; You know it’s saying something when you message the author after finishing it and want an answer to it all. I got that answer but I am sworn to secretcy.

This is the third book I have read by this author and I am loving them all. They’re just so cleverly written to the point my head is mashed by the end. I have to sit and ponder over them before I even review. They really make me think. They may be short descriptive horrors but boy are they hard to forget!

Jack & Jill is both about the past and present. It’s definitely a psychological read! Brutal. Dark. Descriptive. You will have questions after. But I loved it. I still have questions now. The author has written it in a way that the reader interprets what happens and their view over it all. Again clever. But I wanted more. Gripping. Thrilling. Fast paced. Page turner of a read. Gruesome ending. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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