Title: Vessels – The Timmy Quinn Series: Book 3
Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
Release date: November 21st, 2006
For those following along with these reviews of Kealan Patrick Burke’s Timmy Quinn Series, I’m reading it as part of his Stage Whispers Omnibus.
Book 1 The Turtle Boy can be found here: https://stevestredauthor.wordpress.com/2022/12/23/book-review-the-turtle-boy-by-kealan-patrick-burke/
Book 2 The Hides can be found here: https://stevestredauthor.wordpress.com/2022/12/29/book-review-the-hides-by-kealan-patrick-burke/
And here we are – book three. This one starts out with a phenomenal opening where we get some ‘closure’ and story clean up from book two. As I get further along, two things are apparent – Kealan is not telling a story has book two end on a Tuesday and book three begin on a Wednesday, which is great and works so well when you consider he’s telling the life story of this man who has been cursed. The second thing, is that no one is safe and that anyone can die at any moment in time. Consider this like the horror world equivalent of George R.R. Martin.
What I liked: Following the events of book two (and we find out numerous other incidences between then and now), Tim – as he’s now known – has decided he needs to get away, find a place where very few people live and where the likely hood of people knowing who he is, what he can do and the dead badgering him every moment of the day, is his only option. But it becomes all too apparent – that Tim’s curse has no off switch, no place where he can go in the world and that the things that haunt these places will use Tim as a conduit to get free from their afterlife shackles.
Kealan also does a fantastic job of showing how Tim’s curse has trickled out and had huge ramifications on those around him, including the love of his life, Kim. It was great to see this reconnection and it worked really well to set up things for book four.
I will also say, that Kealan has done such a phenomenal job of ‘aging’ this character. It reminds me of Denis Leary’s character in Rescue Me, how he has to deal with real life, the afterlife and how his own decisions directly influence both avenues.
What I didn’t like: In the general world of Timmy Quinn, this one worked really well, but of the three so far, I think this one was the most ‘set up’ of any of them and the least ‘story building,’ if that makes sense. It was solid, but didn’t have me as enraptured as the previous two.
Why you should buy this: If you’ve read the first two, obviously you’ll be diving into book three here at some point. But, if you’re looking for a really well done, fantastically crafted biography of a man navigating life while hugely cursed, this one is definitely a series for you!