My rating: 4 of 5!
Published: the 1st of November 2018
Written by: Steve Cranshaw
Length: 272 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own.
What happens when you die? A big, fat nothing. Or so Colin Wilkinson thought. Until one day, in the isolated basement morgue of St Theresa’s Hospital, the ghosts of seven cadavers lying in the body storage unit appear before him. Waiting to depart for the next life, the dead recount their fateful tales to the stunned mortuary technician. United by the timing and location of their demise, each death is distinguished by a different cause: Natural. Accident. Suicide. Murder. Initially terrified by the spirit encounter, Colin soon realises the visitants are just as incredulous as he is about their reanimation. How and when will they pass? And what comes next? Do any of the ghosts pose a real threat to Colin’s own life? Ultimately, his destiny may be just as uncertain as theirs.
When I started my blog I decided, that I would try and read at least 1 book outside my comfort zone, each month. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time or drive to do so in months! But when Steve Cranshaw offered to send me a free copy of his book, I just couldn’t say no to the opportunity. As I mainly read romance, I did struggle a bit to get into the story. It starts out very gory and creepy in a morgue. But not just that, Colin Wilkinson is all alone in a basement morgue. Hello, how freaking creepy is that! The only thing that’s creepier, is the fact that he isn’t alone.
Whilst doing his job, Colin is visited by the ghost of each of the cadavers. Each ghost tell bits about their lives before they get down to the nitty-gritty; how they died. Each retelling seems worse than the previous, and it ranges from natural causes to murder/suicide. It would seem the only thing they have in common are their chilling stories, and that would totally be enough. Because each of their tales are worthy of being adapted and showed on American Horror Story. But Steve’s amazing writing and plot, have even more in store when it turns out that some of the stories are shared.
While this book is far from something I’d normally choose to read, I’m really I read it. The stories are great, and each of the characters seems three dimensional.
Have you read this book? Do you like an anthology of short stories, instead of one novella? Do you like when myths & legends gets re-written?
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