Review – A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor

Posted November 8, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. TudorA Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor
Published by Random House Publishing Group on November 8, 2022
Genres: Short Stories (single author)
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
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four-stars

The debut short story collection from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man, hailed as "Britain's female Stephen King" (Daily Mail), featuring eleven bone-chilling and mind-bending tales

Timeslips. Doomsday scenarios. Killer butterflies. C. J. Tudor's novels are widely acclaimed for their dark, twisty suspense plots, but with A Sliver of Darkness, she pulls us even further into her dizzying imagination.

In "Final Course," the world has descended into darkness, but a group of old friends make time for one last dinner party. In "Runaway Blues," thwarted love, revenge, and something very nasty stowed in a hat box converge. In "Gloria," a strange girl at a service station endears herself to a cold-hearted killer, but can a leopard really change its spots? And in "I'm Not Ted," a case of mistaken identity has unforeseen, fatal consequences.

Riveting and explosively original, A Sliver of Darkness is C. J. Tudor at her most wicked and uninhibited.

This was a fantastic collection of stories! I have been a fan of C.J.Tudor’s writing ever since I first got my hands on a copy of The Chalk Man several years ago. When I saw that she had a collection of stories being published, I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was not disappointed because I liked every single story in this book.

If I were to rate each story individually, I would give each of the either 4 or 5 stars. All of the stories were creepy enough to completely capture my interest. There is a little bit of everything here including a not-so-dreamy cruise, dangerous graffiti, a scary not quite abandoned building, a real estate transaction gone wrong, and even a butterfly sanctuary that could give you nightmares.   really liked that the author wrote an intro to each of the stories that gave some insights into how the story came to be.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite story out of this collection and thought that each and every story in this book was well worth a read. I cannot wait to read more of this author’s work!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group.

About C.J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor is the author of The Burning Girls, The Other People, The Hiding Place, and The Chalk Man, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award, and the Strand Magazine Award for Best Debut Novel. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over artist, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much. She lives in England with her partner and daughter.

8 responses to “Review – A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor

  1. Great review on this collection. I do love it when authors do these collection of stories. Gotta love some authors that can cultivate good creepy vibes in books. Sounds like a perfect read for Autumn time.

  2. verushka

    Shorts stories are such a good way to get to know an author and their writing~ And this one looks soooo good to get to know CJ Tudor.