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the book claims to be “stories which can be enjoyed by the whole family”
on 17 December 2015
In its synopsis, the book claims to be “stories which can be enjoyed by the whole family”, and I think that’s an accurate assessment. If you have an older relative who doesn’t like anything too gory or terrifying, or younger teenagers looking for something to while away the hours, this is a great book for them.
The stories are reasonably predictable, but that doesn’t mean they are dull. They are engaging and very evocative of the festive atmosphere. However, Preistley has a habit of leaving the monster or the fright until the very end of the story, which works well for some people but I found it a bit dull after a while. A bit more variety of pace would have been appreciated, but if you like the “final sting in the tail” kind of story, then this is the book for you.
There are seven stories in total, with a taster of his novel “The Dead of Winter” at the end. I was sufficiently impressed by the writer and intrigued by the taster to consider buying the book, if I wasn’t already up to my ears in Ginger Nuts books to read!