From the author of the Audible #1 bestsellers The Stone Man, The Physics of the Dead, and In the Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You.
Five more stories from Luke Smitherd to keep you intrigued, shocked, and asking what you would do...
HE WAITS: Quite literally, no escape. Because he's always with you. And in the real world - the world of you, the listener - "He Waits" will stay in your mind in a way that you won't expect...
KEEP YOUR CHILDREN CLOSE: A campsite. A family holiday. A broken down car. And an approaching breakdown truck that is just the start of Shelley's nightmare. By the time the sun sets, someone in that field will be dead, and Shelley must somehow make sure it isn't one of her children.
THE JESUS LOOPHOLE: Published here for the first time, in any format. Obsession, revenge, and a very big question: can God's system of sin and redemption be played to your own advantage?
CLOSURE: A winter walk in the woods seemed like a great idea to Gary and his wife, Carla. But when another version of himself appears and kidnaps Gary's wife before his very eyes, Gary must decide whether or not to use the strange mechanical devices his duplicate has left him...and then live with the choice.
YOUR NAME IS IN THE BOOK: When 11-year-old John Diner comes home to find an immense, mysterious book lying on his bed - its cover torn off, every page an endless list of names, some of which even belong to people he knows - he assumes its some kind of phone directory. It has to be, right? Even when the only numbers inside are single digits; solitary and curious scores printed next to each person listed. A puzzle, for sure...and a warning. A desperate message from an unseen stranger, a man trying to explain a terrible truth. John will find himself uncovering a darker reality than he can ever imagine, and the beginning of his road towards an impossible choice.
©2015 Luke Smitherd (P)2017 Luke Smitherd
I read each of these novellas separately when they came out; now it's nice to have them all in one place for when I want to read/listen to them again. And I definitely want to read them again.
All the stories in this collection have one thing in common: they put you into the characters' shoes and leave you wondering what you would do in their place. The characters are real people, very well-defined, so you know what they are feeling as the stories progress. You are invested in what happens to them.
The characters go through fear, horror, and disbelief, but they also care about each other very much. Sometimes that love is the driving force behind the story and that's why the stories are so relatable. You don't want bad things to happen to the important people in your life, but that is a possibility in all these stories. That heightens the tension and the feeling that you can't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens (or have the narrator talk faster).
1. He Waits - Probably the scariest story written by Luke Smitherd. Don't start it before you go to bed.
2. Keep Your Children Close - A family on vacation faces an unknown evil.
3. The Jesus Loophole - Filled with symbolism, the story asks if you can get around God's rules.
4. Closure - A happy couple goes for a walk in the woods and nothing is ever the same. Or is it?
5. Your Name is in the Book - Can you win against a system that is set up for you to lose?
I originally rated all five of these stories as Five Stars, so I am obviously rating this collection the same way. These stories are original, well-written, and beautifully told as the characters struggle with the situations they find themselves in--and you struggle right along with them.
I highly recommend this book.
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
An awesome collection of shorts... The least of the stories is very good, and the best are simply excellent... Bit of worlds other than this theme... Stories that'll make you think, not to mention check to see if the lights are on;). Superbly wrought tension, and some fantastic, and disturbing, reveals and reversals... Right up there w/ my fave short fiction writers like King and Ellison... I particularly enjoy the subtle, and not so subtle, linkages and interconnectedness of these tales specifically, but also w/ the author's other works... The puzzle becomes even more intriguing... The narration is superior... If you like short fiction, enjoy the occasional heebie jeebies, or appreciate chewing over what you've just read you'll love these offerings... Worth the price/credit...
Luke's writings always give you just enough answers to keep you happy with the outcome, and not enough answers to keep you from wondering and wanting more. Those questions lead to more questions... but the beauty of his style is that there are no real answers to those questions. What do YOU think? How do YOU feel after this particular story?
Plus, he reads his own work, so you get to listen to his voice. Not half bad.
"The ideas just keep flowing :)"
Luke's stories and story telling continue to evolve - his latest collection is excellent and compliments his previous works well. Thank you and I'm looking forward to what's next from Luke as it's guaranteed to be very good ( no pressure!!)
"Great collection of distinctive stories"
Up to Luke Smitherd's usual high standards, this collection hovers around fantasy and sci-fi without ever losing sight of reality.
"couldn't stop listening"
couldn't stop listening. I usually listen to audiobooks to fall asleep to at night but that was not going to happen with this one. really kept my interest. refreshing new stories. looking forward to more. narrator - very pleasant voice and was very easy to listen to
"Blown Away By This Audiobook"
I would highly recommend this to a friend. The stories and narration are both top-notch.
I enjoyed them all, Luke is a wonderful narrator.
I was absolutley blown away by both "Your Name Is In The Book" and "Keep Your Children Close".
I would also recommend The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd. It's one of my favorites stories.
"Loved every minute!"
Listened to this pretty much in one go (mostly sitting on a train, so I was kind of a captive audience!) Although I had read a couple of the stories before, it was nice to listen to them being narrated by Luke - there is always something a bit special when the author is also the narrator. I am most definitely a fan of Mr Smitherd and that dreaded day when I read something of his that is not as good as, if not better than his previous stuff is a long, long way off I think!
"This man can write."
I have devoured all of Lukes work. The book is brilliant. His second short stories, two of which I want, yes, want to hear more from.
I ended up going to bed far to late, as I could not turn the darn book off.
Each Story well thought out and written. I was very pleased when I discovered Luke narrated the book Don't get the man big headed :) but he is very good, and you never know exactly what your gonna read. Brilliant.
"Bold and Brilliant"
I feel I need to leave reviews now because the author begs so sweetly and offers a nice reward if we ever meet ;) . However it's difficult to do without taking away any of the discovery from those yet to expertise this work. So I can only give my opinions. This is well worth your time and money and will leave thoughts and ideas in your head a long time after you've finished; what more can you ask for from an author.
There isn't one Luke Smithred book I haven't enjoyed.
I find all his stories a truly original take on the subjects he chooses to write about!
Please keep up the amazing work. I eagerly await the next one
"Terrific collection of unsettling short stories"
I've read and enjoyed several of Luke Smitherd's books but this is my first review (sorry Luke). This is quite possibly my favourite. A terrific collection of profoundly unsettling scary stories reminiscent of Clive Barker or Stephen King. I normally don't like writers reading their own work but Luke is a great reader. Recommended.
"Extraordinary short stories"
Surprising, gripping, well-read
The story "keep your children close" is the most intriguing and unexpected of a wonderful set of short stories.
Read with ease and naturalness.
Stories are of ideal length for one before sleep or on the way to work at an hour or so each, but very tempting to squeeze in just one more..
This author is reliably very skilled, entertaining, and thought-provoking, but hits exceptional several times in this collection. This is my favourite of his so far.
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