Length: 183 Pages
Milestone by Kealan Patrick Burke is another great book that I can highly recommended. After Reading Kin and Underneath I wanted more and found this collection didn’t disappoint. The 4 stories contained are set in and around the town of Milestone, it’s a place you won’t want to visit or find yourself stuck in. These stories are loosely connected by characters or themes and tell a fascinating tale of people who are drawn to the town.
The first story The Witch is Fantastic, deeply emotional, and vivid giving a thrilling ride as you learn what happens to the deputy and his family after a seemingly ‘routine’ traffic stop. Saturday Night at Eddie’s is so well written you feel you are having a cold drink with these unfortunate patrons. I found these characters so well-developed I was glad to know they only exist in the mind of Burke and the pages of Milestone.
Thirty Miles South of a Dry County is my favorite, it is so well constructed in the story telling, it moves with a fast and furious pace. The story itself is told by the main character who finds answers to what really happened to his friend that I don’t think he really want answered. It is a great ghost story with an excellent reveal.
The final story is The Palaver was a tale within a tale. A customer tells a the barber a story while he sits in the chair and the barber learns he is more important than he could imagine. All of the stories here are excellent, I can’t say enough about them, this is a must read book.