REVIEW: THE TURTLE BOY BY KEALAN PATRICK BURKE

REVIEW: THE TURTLE BOY BY KEALAN PATRICK BURKE

THE TURTLE BOY
TIMMY QUINN BK 1
KEALAN PATRICK BURKE
GENRE: HORROR

SYNOPSIS

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 Pete's summer of wonder becomes a season of terror, betrayal and murder.



MY TAKE 
 




I was introduced to Kealan Patrick Burke's writing through his short story The Grief Frequency—an outstanding 5 star story. I've actually had The Turtle Boy on my Kindle for a while now and just haven't gotten to it yet. After reading The Grief Frequency, I knew I had to read more by this author.

The Turtle Boy, a novella, is an intriguing introduction to the Timmy Quinn series. This story is a well-balanced mix of the paranormal, horror, and suspense. The year is 1979. Timmy and his friend Pete are two friends wasting time during the summer before school starts, much like any normal eleven-year-old boys. As this novella starts out, it seems like a lot of “coming of age” stories. You have two friends, summer winding down, Timmy comes from a nice family while Pete isn't as fortunate. His mother died and his father is an abusive alcoholic. This “coming of age” story takes a turn when the boys venture down to Meyer Pond and happen upon The Turtle Boy. This is the point I really got sucked into the story and found it hard to put down. The pace of the story speeds up and before you know it, it's ends abruptly. That isn't a bad thing though. With this being the introduction to the series, I expected the ending to leave me wanting more.

The Turtle Boy is a great read and highly recommended. I can't wait to see where the next book in the series, The Hides, takes Timmy Quinn.

The Turtle Boy can be downloaded for FREE through Amazon.








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