KIDS by Paul M. Feeney (Dark Minds Press)
This was the first time I’ve read anything by Paul M. Feeney. KIDS, as it says on the packet – the cover shows a girl with a bloody knife – is a story about a group of children who go on a killing spree. Quite a simple premise really, but effective all the same. But let’s get to the beginning, the story centers around married couple Matt and Julie who, along with their three children, go to visit Julie’s brother and sister at her parent’s home in the country. We have a small group of solid characters most likeable, but one in particular – Julie’s brother-in-law – who’s nasty and selfish. As the adults get together and are preoccupied in small talk, the children disappear within the large house to go and play, but as you can imagine things soon take a sinister turn.
The kids somehow turn into homicidal psychopaths, picking off the adults one by one. Leaving the main character, Matt, to find a way out of the property and save the remaining adults before it’s too late. It’s your run-of-the-mill horror scenario with the house booby trapped at every corner. Gripping stuff, and some super kills.
KIDS is a fun short read. It’s fast paced, engaging, and well-written. You’ll be guessing at the outcome throughout, and I’ll have to admit that I didn’t know how it would finish but, in my head, I decided how I would plot the outcome, and Paul nailed it, great ending. I’m looking forward to more fiction by Paul M. Feeney, and I’d recommend you do yourself a favour and buy this book. (Jack Bantry)