Available for the first time on Amazon kindle, Kealan Patrick Burke’s Bram Stoker Award-winning coming of age story The Turtle Boy.
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.
I loved this 14 chapter book even though it ends with a cliffhanger. Anyone who knows me, knows I like my answers right away. I hate mystery. The one answer I wanted as a reader, I didn’t get. Who killed the turtle boy? The town thought it was his uncle, but the ghost told Timmy that it was his uncle’s friend. I think I know who it was (cool twist if I’m right), but I’ll never know for sure because it wasn’t mentioned again.
Timmy and Pete’s friendship was so cool. I enjoyed their back and forth banter. That’s why it made me sad that Pete’s dad forced them to stop hanging out because they wouldn’t listen about avoiding the pond. At first, the parents didn’t believe their kids about the turtle boy, then slowly, readers start to understand that the adults don’t want the kids going down there because they know that the rumor is true.
The author has a brilliant talent with description. I pictured all the disgusting details about the turtle boy’s appearance, even had to stop eating my delicious sub hee hee. As a reader, I experienced this journey with Timmy, so the book read like a Chiller movie.
There were a lot of scenes that gave me chills. I loved all the tension in the story. My favorite moments were: Pete’s dad cussing out Timmy’s mom when he brings the kids to her porch, Timmy’s adventure with his new girl friend at the pond, finding out the truth about Pete’s disappearance.
Was this based on a true story? The image at the end of the book of an old Delaware newspaper article about an eleven year old boy solved a case with the help of a ghost freaked me out (in a good way)! I am interested in Timmy’s other adventures with seeing the dead (there was an excerpt in the back of the book with the new story coming out). I’m a fan, so I’ll read the rest of the installments. Kealan Patrick Burke has a way of being a very entertaining storyteller. Besides if I read the rest of the series, I’ll finally get my answers LOL.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.