As the cover says: 8 tales of crime, horror and suspense. And Chris Holm delivers in every one. It's a rare thing to come across a collection of short stories as solid as this one. From criminals hunting for the stash to ghosts awaiting to mete out long held retribution, every story, every line has not a word out of place. 8 Pounds is a lesson on how to write a short story. Perfect in every way. Ominous, scary, downright spooky. But perfect. And when you find out what the title of the book alludes to, well, then you know Mr Holm trawls some very dark places. But, thankfully, he comes out into the light and writes down his stories in a way that left this reader hanging on every word.