The Hides by Kealan Patrick Burke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Hides
Timmy Quinn #2
Those who’ve read and enjoyed the first Timmy Quinn story ,”The Turtle Boy” (a story which I know I will never delete from my imagination), will remember that Timmy was then an eleven-year-old boy living a quiet (or so it appeared on the surface) existence in Delaware, Ohio. That, of course, was prior to Timmy’s discovery of “The Stage,” the means by which the deceased (or some among them) appeared to him, demanding retribution, justice, and revenge.
When this next installment commences, some years have passed, and they have not been happy ones: not for Timmy, either of his parents, the deceased, nor the grieving. Timmy’s parents decide to divorce, and his father returns to his native Ireland, taking Timmy along. Well, the dead are just as present over there as in Ohio (they’ve actually had many centuries more to collect dead) and right away, Timmy encounters them, including unwittingly discovering some of his grandmother’s terrible secrets. A terrifying encounter (it still frightens me!) with an entity called, for no better term, “The Hides,” inside the two-story leather factory where Timmy’s father Paul finds work, may have fatal consequences. (That’s fatal, in addition to terror that will scare the living daylights out of you.)
Timmy never asked to see the dead, but they see him, and they use him as their instrument. What he wants does not seem to matter.
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