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The Turtle Boy – Kealan Patrick Burke. ★★★★

Blurb; School is out and summer has begun. For eleven year old Timmy Quinn and his best friend Pete Marshall, the dreary town of Delaware Ohio becomes a place of magic, hidden treasure and discovery. But on the day they encounter a strange young boy sitting on the bank of Myers Pond a pond playground rumor says may hide turtles the size of Buicks everything changes. For it soon becomes apparent that dark secrets abound in the little community, secrets which come cupped in the hands of the dead, and in a heartbeat, Timmy and Petes summer of wonder becomes a season of terror, betrayal and murder.

My Review; This is more of a longer read at 120 pages. It is book one in the Timmy Quinn series and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series. Another spooky, creepy and twisted read! All around a pond in a town. What really happened at that pond? Why is it dangerous? What do stories of old say? Beware…

I was hooked and again devoured this in one sitting. The ending blew my mind. The whole outcome to this story was so unexpected I would have never guessed it. Jaw dropping. Brilliant read.

Highly recommend. I cannot wait to read more by this author now, I am very impressed by him. All his stories have been brilliantly written and very creepy stories. Another well deserved four stars.

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Sour Candy – Kealan Patrick Burke ★★★★

Blurb; At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

My Review; This is another short horror of a read at 75 pages. My second book by this author. As I read Blanky before this one I went in knowing his level of horror and I much preferred this one to blanky. This one really messed with my mind! I was like woah. Okay. What just happened? How? Why? Honestly messed with my mind. I devoured this in just over an hour. I was gripped! Tense. Fast paced. Mind boggling. Suspense. Edge of your seat read. Twisted. You just didn’t know what would happen next. A brilliant read! A well deserved four stars. This is my favourite by him so far.

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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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