Sour Candy by Patrick Kealan Burke
Genre: Horror/Short Stories
Publication Date : November 13th 2015
At first glance, Phil Pendelton 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 eat candy whenever he wants and set his own bedtimes. 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.
For a book so short, this is very satisfying.
Kealan Patrick Burke deserves all the five star in the world. Sour Candyis definitely one of the most wonderful short stories that I’ve read for this year. Burke knows how to tweak your curiosity with his story and he is definitely the master of making your hairs stand up.
Burke’s type of horror in this book is the type that you could never imagine and makes you wish would never happen to you. The MC, Phil, is just like us. He’s an average guy living an average life. Never in his wildest dreams could he imagine that his life would change in the most fucked up way.
The pacing was perfect, the characters were simply commendable and the scare-factor was top notch. I was totally drooling when I finished the book and I’ll definitely recommend this book to my friends.
And did I mention the ending was righteously insane?