It Will Be Quick
A single decision can save – or ruin – a life.
An opportunistic baby theft by a young woman in pain. Two strangers shipwrecked on a lifeless rock, unable to speak the same language. An isolated cycling holiday descends into terror. One woman seeks the courage to destroy her life. A miracle unites a community, and teenagers take a stand against hypocrisy.
Karl Drinkwater presents characters to root for – and characters to dread – in sixteen tales of humanity, endurance, and spirit.
Author Bio –
Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”. Karl is an active member of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).
When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.
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Short stories are great because you don’t have to commit to long periods of time. In our busy lives, we can read one when we have time and then read more later. But, with this collection of short stories it will be hard to stop reading.
The first story was such an emotional read for me. The speaker was the villain, but a very damaged villain. She first was introduced as a person who seemed mentally challenged, but then the story took a horrific turn. As the creepy woman got the idea to steal the baby and then took off, I literally was so afraid of what would happen next.
At each turn, she kept getting away with the baby. It seemed like she would escape capture and then the story got more frightening! Even though the next story wasn’t scary, it was still an emotional tearjerker.
Below the Surface was a short story that was terrifying. The writing was so powerful that I could visualize all of it. I could almost feel everything that the characters were going through.
The author really knows how to grab you and hold you with such intensity of emotion! It Will Be Quick may contain short stories but they come with a very big jolt of suspense.