Day three of the blog tour is with me, TWG, and I am spoiling you all by reviewing a boxset containing FOUR short stories in one. Yes, that’s right. You get FOUR short stories in one. Bargain or what? Big thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Four twisty, short reads.
Addictive works of suspense,
That will leave you breathless and give you goose bumps…
Trading with Death
What sacrifice might we make for those we love? In the face of death, will we be selfish or selfless?
Tell Me a Secret
Deceit, lies and secrets – how well do we know those close to us?
We follow Tess as she confronts the dark side…
Written on the Apple Tree
A moment from a past life, a possession, or a simple meeting between strangers?
What does TWG think?
Just like my previous reviews of short stories, this one will be short and sweet because really, how much can one write in a review about a short story, without giving anything away?
I am a big fan of Ann Girdharry’s previous novels, so I was very eager to get stuck into this little gem of a box set. If you haven’t read any books by Ann Girdharry before, prepare to be taken on a rather dark and twisted journey. This author doesn’t do thing by halves, that’s for sure!
‘Chilling Tales of the Unexpected’ contains four short stories; ‘Trading With Death’, ‘Tell Me a Secret’, ‘Sweet Justice; and ‘Written on the Apple Tree’. Even though all four stories each have dark foundations, they are all incredibly different. I’m not really one for books which contain mystical or fantasy elements, yet Ann Girdharry makes it work alongside multiple thrilling themes. If those weren’t included, I don’t think I would have enjoyed reading them as much as I did.
All of the stories are short which means that you can read all four in one go, or you can pick them up to read at a later date. Because I chose to read them all in one go, I had to have a couple of minutes breathing space between stories, just so that I wouldn’t get confused by the overlap. If I had to choose my favourite story from all four, it would probably have to be ‘Sweet Justice’, because the shock element was incredibly strong and brought goosebumps to my skin like they meant business.
I would definitely recommending this box set, especially if you haven’t read any other books by Ann Girdharry as you’ll get a little taster of her writing style with each of the four stories. Highly recommended, gripping and very entertaining reads. But then thinking about it, when does Ann Girdharry ever disappoint?
About the author.
Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years.
Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.
She writes suspense and thrillers, is a book reviewer and occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post UK. Her crime thriller novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, was an Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist 2017. Two of her thrillers are READERS’ FAVOURITE Five Star Books.
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