I was drawn to this book as I really love short story collections. They suit my lifestyle when things get hectic, as you can dip in and out and still feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after each short story. I also really enjoy books and stories from the murder mystery genre.
100% of all royalties from The C Word will be donated to NHS Together Charities.So, what do writers do during Lockdown? They create murder, mystery, death and destruction of course!The C Word is a collection of short stories collated during the COVID-19 pandemic to raise money for NHS Charities Together. A plethora of wonderful stories created by a wide variety of writers, each with their own unique style. Some you will know already and some we’ve yet to introduce you to. However, we’re sure you’ll want to hear from each & every one of them again as we leave 2020 behind us.Including contributions from Steve Mosby , Elly Griffiths , Sarah Hilary , Sophie Hannah , Rob Scragg and many more
“The pandemic brought out the worst in some but it brought out the best in others. It made heroes of everyday people. It united neighbours in ways our grandparents used to talk about. It showed that we can still give a damn, in the face of damnation.”
Firstly, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that this book’s entire royalties will be donated to the NHS Charities Together Foundation. This in itself, to me, is reason enough to buy this book.
However, it also contains a collection of brilliant stories by amazing authors, including some very well known authors, which is of course another huge plus point.
The stories in this collection are dark and dangerous, and certainly not for the faint hearted. They contain tales of murder, death, destruction, revenge, and hints of paranormal activity. However, there are some lighter elements in some of the stories which showcase kindness and compassion.
My favourite story in terms of being the most entertaining and memorable was probably The Haunted Trolley. This one kind of does what it says on the tin, but also contains some important social commentary on the issue of the Covid19 pandemic.
However, another that really struck a chord with me as being an emotional and tense read was Eat, Sleep, Repeat. This story looked at domestic abuse, an issue that for some people has been worsened by the pandemic. Some of the feelings of the narrator really hit me hard in this story.
Overall, this is a great collection and I fully recommend it to fans of murder, mystery and mayhem. I need a lie down now to recover from the rollercoaster I’ve been on!