A Sliver of Darkness by C. J. Tudor (eARC Review)

Format Read: eBook

Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Fiction

Publication Date: 29th September 2022

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

A creak of the floorboard, a shiver down your spine, the feeling that you’re not alone…

Join a group of survivors who wash up on a deserted island only to make a horrifying discovery. Meet a cold-hearted killer who befriends a strange young girl at a motorway service station. Travel along eerie country lanes in a world gone dark, enter a block of flats with the most monstrous of occupants and accompany a ruthless estate agent on a house sale that goes apocalyptically wrong.”

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My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of C.J. Tudor and to date have read all her novels, and although short stories aren’t something I tend to pick up often, but I knew I had to request this one. And I’m so glad I did, as I enjoyed these very much. Yes I enjoyed more than others but there were definitely none that I didn’t.

A Sliver of Darkness is a collection of 11 short stories that are all well written with twisty and unique plots. When it comes to short stories I always feel that the endings are rushed and left unfinished. However, C.J.Tudor does a very good job of tying things up. Yes, some of the stories are left open but they are left open in a satisfying way.

Again unlike other short stories I’ve read these short stories start with a brief explanation as to what inspired the particular story. I know some authors include these at the end of the book but I definitely prefered them at the beginning. I’m not going to go into detail about the individual stories as I feel it would lead to spoilers but I have given my rating for each book below.

  1. End of the liner 💙💙💙💙
  2. The Block 💙💙💙💙
  3. Runaway Blues 💙💙💙💙
  4. The Completion 💙💙💙
  5. The Lion at the Gate 💙💙💙 1/2
  6. Gloria 💙💙💙
  7. I’m Not Ted 💙💙💙💙
  8. The Copy Shop 💙💙💙💙 1/2
  9. Final Course 💙💙💙💙💙
  10. Dust 💙💙💙💙
  11. Butterfly Island 💙💙💙💙

Overall a great read!! If you’re a fan of short stories and enjoy genres such as mystery, thrillers or horror then A Sliver of Darkness is definitely a book to pick up.

I can’t wait to see what C.J. Tudor has up her sleeve with the next book The Drift!!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher Michael Joseph for my eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating

💙💙💙💙

HaAve you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!


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