Short Story Sunday: The Caretaker by Dan Klefstad

This week’s short story has been on my radar ever since I read the opening on Kerry @ Chat About Books blog. The Caretaker is a fresh take on a vampire tale.

Short Story Description:

There’s no “official blurb” for this one but I can do one better, you can read this short story for yourself right here at Crack the Spine Literary Magazine.

My Thoughts:

This story is told in the form of a letter; Daniel is retiring from his role of “Caretaker”, a job that involves some risky work but with a salary that will set you up for life! The letter details the role and Daniel passes along some of his experiences on the job to his successor. What follows is a creepy tale of life working for a vampire. Continue reading “Short Story Sunday: The Caretaker by Dan Klefstad”


Blog Tour | Review: Black Water by Louise Doughty

Black Water - Louise Doughty

I’m delighted to be the final stop on the Black Water blog tour, Doughty has written a book that is powerful, personal and political, what an experience reading this one was!

From the back cover:

John Harper lies awake at night in an isolated hut on Bali, listening to the rain on the roof and believing his life may be in danger.

The present is uncertain; the past at his heels.

As the sounds of the night close in around him, the question he asks himself is this: what is more terrible – the future that lies in wait, or the past that is catching up with him? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Review: Black Water by Louise Doughty”

Blog Tour | Review: A Presence of Absence by Sarah Surgey & Emma Vestrheim


What do you get when you mix Brit Crime with Nordic Noir? You get the start of a new crime series! A Presence of Absence is the first book in The Odense Series and I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour for this one, and sharing my review with you all today.

Book Description:

A Presence of Absence is the first book in The Odense Series. Although this is a solid crime novel, it also begins and ends with grief for many of the characters, personal demons and life decisions.

A gritty murder case gets in the way of the characters’ everyday lives and sends the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish city of Odense, into a panic.

British detective Simon Weller escapes the fallout from the recent suicide of his Danish wife, Vibeke and heads out to her home city of Odense. But once there he is paired up with a local detective, Jonas, who is also about to his rock bottom in his home life, and they must overcome their differences and personal problems to try and catch one of the worst serial killers Odense has ever seen. The case takes them back into past decades as history starts catching up with some of the local inhabitants. When Simon realises that his wife’s suicide may not be all it seems and her name appears in the case, his integrity within the case is compromised, how far will he go to find out the truth of Vibeke’s past and hide it from his already troubled police partner?

Back home in London Simon’s family are struggling with their own web of lies and deceit and the family is falling apart.

With one family hiding a dark secret, the whole case is just about to reach breaking point. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Review: A Presence of Absence by Sarah Surgey & Emma Vestrheim”

Book Review: Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse


Warning: don’t read this book is you don’t like your humour on the darker side of life. If you enjoy black humour, read this book,  it’s over-the-top, crude, fun, a tad murderous but oh so funny – it’s bloody brilliant!

Book Description:

When she was good, she was very, very good. When she was bad, she was deadly.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder… Continue reading “Book Review: Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse”

Short Story Sunday: Agoraphobic: Inside Out by Sara Secora

Agoraphobic - Sara Secora

When I read Reads & Reels review of this short story, I knew I had to read it and it was the perfect choice to kick of my new Short Story Sunday feature.

Book Description:

Twenty-eight-year-old Kade hasn’t been able to make it past his sidewalk in eight years. In this chilling short story, you will be given a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind as he goes through the process of trying to face his irrational, but very real fears.

Experience firsthand what goes on in an Agoraphobic’s mind and begin to understand the silent disorder that millions of people across the world struggle with. Continue reading “Short Story Sunday: Agoraphobic: Inside Out by Sara Secora”