Today I am one of three stops on this final day of the blog tour for Chilling Tales of the Unexpected by Ann Girdharry. It is a collection of four short stories that will chill you!
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?
Chilling Tales of the Unexpected
Author: Ann Girdharry
Published: May 21, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 1-6, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars
These are four short stories that add up to quick reading. Each story offers insights into sacrifice, lust, and regret among other feelings. If you like dark short stories then you should pick this one up. Being these are short stories it is hard to say much without giving anything away, but I will give ‘mini-reviews’ on each short story:
Trading with Death
There isn’t much to say other than what the description says. This was a good one!
Tell Me a Secret
This one was also good! I didn’t know where it was heading had no idea how it was going to end! I loved it.
This one disturbed me on several levels. Wow…..
Written on the Apple Tree
I enjoyed this one immensely. I would really like for Girdharry to expand it!
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.
The Eye Opener: Collection of Short Stories Volume 2
Author: Indrajit Garai
Published: December 8, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
In this collection, meet:
Franck, who has to align his desires with his needs;
Nathan, who has to adjust to his constantly changing turf;
and, Cedric, who has to open his eyes to reconstruct himself.
The family of the author offered me this book in exchange for an honest review. Overall, the stories were pretty good. I liked the characters and I looked forward to seeing how each story unfolded. Unfortunately, the writing threw me off. It was very choppy and there were no transition points. I’d be in Cedric’s home and then BAM! next paragraph, he’d be in jail a month later. It was very distracting.
I think if each story was divided into chapters, it would solve the problem. The characters were realistic and I empathized with them easily. I also liked how each story ended on a positive note. Garai did an excellent job of showing how messy life can get, but also how mankind is capable of some good. I would recommend this to people who like emotional stories and even those who like “thinking” stories.[Top]
Today Kim and I are both reviewing the short story collection Sticky Fingers by JT Lawrence. Kim and I received an Audible copy from the author that we were more than happy to listen too. I had previously bought it on my Kindle, but had yet to read it, so this way I was able to get to it sooner. Thank you so much JT Lawrence for the copy, we both really enjoyed it and took different approaches for our reviews. This short story collection received 5 stars from both of us! That is not an easy accomplishment as Kim and I are so different in our opinions. Bravo to JT Lawrence for achieving this!
Author: JT Lawrence
Published: July 28, 2016
Book Description from Goodreads:
Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories includes:
A suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life must get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother’s horror.
A story about an intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch that lands the protagonist in a mental institution.
A daughter years to connect with her absent father through the letters they exchange. She’s not put off by his pedantic corrections of her writing, despite the slow reveal that he is less than perfect himself.
The Unsuspecting Gold-Digger
A woman gradually poisons her husband so that she doesn’t have to break his heart.
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars
I normally don’t do short story collections, but the author gave me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review, so I went for it. I loved it!! Seriously, I came up with excuses to get in my car just so I could keep listening. They all were definitely on the darker side, but in a great way. Every time a new story started, I ended up trying to guess what the twist would be. Some were easier to figure out than others. I think my two favorites were The Itch and A Pair of Pigeons. Both escalated so quickly and I was left looking like that little emoji with the huge eyes, just staring. The narrator was really good too! Sticky Fingers is definitely the collection for the reader who is slightly off color and enjoys the darker side of fiction. I recommend this to anybody!
Dates Read: December 18-22, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 Stars
Wow! I am a fan of short stories if they are well written and JT Lawrence is outstanding! Not every story was for me, but Lawrence’s writing pulls you in and you quickly get through each short story all the way up to the unexpected endings. These stories are dark, twisted, and delightful! It was perfect for me to listen to in the car during my commute to and from work. I will share a brief review of each of the twelve stories written below.
I had previously purchased this on my Kindle, but the author sent Kim and I an Audible version. Lawrence is from South Africa and I believe that the narrator is as well. Due to my hearing issues, I had to adjust to the narrator’s accent but I enjoyed the narration. She is clear and well spoken.
I enjoyed the communication via letter for father and daughter. I quickly figured out where dad was located. I enjoyed the letters as we saw Emily grow up. I wanted to know more about dad.
This one would be a living nightmare! I had to scratch and did throughout this one! I dare you to NOT scratch while reading this one. I still scratch thinking about this story!
The Unsuspecting Gold Digger
I did not see that ending coming! OMG….. That is all I can say.
This was my favorite of all the stories. It is a hidden gem. If you work with the public at all you will love this one! If only we could actually say what we think….
Another twist I did not see coming. There are so many emotions with this one. I thought it was going in one direction but it was a in reality a complete 180.
She Did It
Who is the victim and who is the suspect? What is going to happen next? Who is helping the detective?
I enjoyed this one was different as it dealt with magic and witches. I’m hoping this was an introduction of sorts to the novel of the same name that Lawrence has written.
This one freaked me out. Though I have never seen the movie The Birds, I kept thinking of it while listening to this one. I loved the ending!
The Little Pink Book
Being a midwife and helping to deliver babies should be a wonderful thing… shouldn’t it??? I wanted more to this story!!!
Off the Hinge
This one is a schizophrenic mess and that is the point. Can someone just get the lady some milk!?!?!
What happens when you have ‘sticky fingers’? Let’s hope it doesn’t end the way this short story did with that surprising ending!
A suicidal baby. He knows he is in the wrong family and wants to correct that error. This one won’t be for everyone, but it makes you wonder just how cognitive babies really are….
**Thank you again to JT Lawrence for the Audible copy. We both enjoyed it and highly recommend this short story collection![Top]