Phil Pendleton and his son Adam seem to be an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. Some may think that Phil is too lenient towards Adam, by letting him eat candy whenever he wants, and letting him choose his own bedtime, but it seems that only Phil and Adam really know the truth of the situation. Adam is keeping Phil a prisoner. Until a few weeks ago, Phil had never even seen Adam, and had a normal life with his girlfriend, Lori. It only took a trip to Walmart, and an encounter with a stressed mother and her son, to change his entire life, and NOT in a good way.
From the very beginning, Burke manages to create the perfect atmosphere. As a parent, there is nothing worse than your child screaming in a store, and having everyone staring at you. But, the reaction of the mother, and the description of the boy, makes this moment so incredibly creepy. When that same child then shows up in your house a few hours later, calling you Daddy, you can only imagine the feeling of terror that Phil must have been feeling. To make things a million times worse, you then find pictures of you and the child all over your house, on your Facebook page, and all of your family and friends seem to know him as your son… Now that is fucked up. But is all of it real? Or has Phil completely lost his mind? The dramatic decline of his mental and physical health would certainly suggest so. This is an incredible horror novella, that really messes with your head, and leaves you questioning not only Phil Pendleton’s sanity, but also your own.
This was my first time reading anything by Kealan Patrick Burke, and honestly, I’m impressed! The impact he can make in such a small amount of pages is unbelievable. I can say right now, that I will definitely be buying more of his work.
I would give Sour Candy a 5/5