It's been almost seven years since the events of Myers Pond. Seven years since a child rose from the dead, seeking Timmy Quinn's help in finding a murderer, a search that left more questions than answers in its terrifying wake. But for Timmy, the dead never leave. They're everywhere, reaching out to him, and there is nowhere to hide from their quiet desperation.
Following a nightmarish encounter at home, Timmy's search for peace takes him to his grieving grandmother, and a small harbor town on the South coast of Ireland.
But no peace can exist in a place whose past is colored by hate, betrayal and murder, and it is not long before Timmy realizes his haven has become a cage.
And in the very foundations of an old crumbling factory, the dead are gathering.
To save his life and the lives of those he loves, Timmy Quinn must step behind the Curtain, into the realm of the dead and face something far more terrifying than he has ever encountered before...
"THE HIDES is a quietly excellent story of horror, the dead, and how personal history will always come back to haunt." - Adventures in Reading
"Burke's use of locale and its history is inspired -- this is a story that couldn't take place just anywhere -- especially a local leather factory where the elder Quinn lands a job that not a lot of people are after. During their first drop-by, Burke renders the place in such Boschian detail that you really have to wonder why there's no staff psychologist on full-time duty. As the past gradually forces itself on the present, it culminates in a manifestation of vindictive fury that's perfectly logical yet surprising and original." - Brian Hodge
"an author with a firm grip on both style and substance, a commodity that we're all too short on these days. He's got a great grasp on his characters and their motivations, and you can also tell he also has a much larger story to tell than the one laid down either here or in Turtle Boy." - Dread Central
"Once again I was not disappointed by Mr Burke. The second book in the series was as good if not better than the first." - BookWorm Reviewers