The Turtle Boy

The Turtle Boy

by Kealan Patrick Burke

School is out and summer has begun.

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.

  • Series: Timmy Quinn
  • Language: English
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 3.60
  • Pages: 96
  • Publish Date: 2004 by Necessary Evil Press
  • Isbn10: 0975363506
  • Isbn13: 9780975363508

What People Think about "The Turtle Boy"

The Turtle Boy is a short story about eleven year-old Timmy Quinn and the odd kid he meets by a pond during one of those endless summers of youth. If you're a fan of coming of age tales, snapping turtles, creepy ass kids, and like free short stories, give this a read.

The consequence of loving coming of age horror is that there is always that point in which the young characters we have fallen in love with, are faced with unspeakable tragedy or overwhelming, perilous odds, seemingly NOT in their favor...of course I would never spoil a reader's discovery here so I'll only say that this story checked all the right horror boxes--emotional, gripping, haunting and satisfying. I hope Kealan graces us with another coming of age story--this one certainly proves he's quite adept at it.

As I read this story and the pieces started to fit together to reveal it's shocking truth I was just bowled over by Kealan Patrick Burke's very clever writing to get it to that point. 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. When the book begins we are getting got know eleven year old Timmy, and the story has a sense of calm. For more of my book reviews, plenty of awesome books to win, and author Q&A events come to: https://www.facebook.com/BookloverCat...

Timmy and Pete are no longer allowed to play near the pond, or to hang out together at all. As the mystery of why the sudden change in attitude unravels, buried secrets from long ago come to the surface of Myers Pond . Is book two a totally different story that just has Timmy Quinn as a repeat character? If you search Turtle Boy/Goldblum this image totally comes up: SUCK IT!

I've read a lot of reviews that praise this author's exemplary and clever use of well-known devices, within the horror genre and decided to trial his writing with one of his shorter publications.

While on summer vacation, Timmy and his best friend Pete Marshall stumble upon a very strange looking young boy, a boy they had not seen before, sitting on the bank of a local play hangout, Myers Pond. The Turtle Boy is an interesting story that plays out well, with twists and turns leading to a shocking showdown and ultimate climax.

In this story some kids wander through mysterious territory near woods and a lake, they befriend an even more mysterious boy who has the strangest features.

The boy's parting words to Timmy pretty much reveal the truth, but how he gets there will be interesting to read.

I absolutely loved the characters, especially Timmy's parents! At times this short story even made me cry (and ultimately it ended up being heart-wrenching). The wonder of childhood, an adult being a bully, child abuse, how people think they are entitled to a traumatized child's story that ends up everywhere in the news, even to the point of when they don't get what the want making shit up. People don't stop and think of how anyone else feels, they are just desperate for that story!

Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer.