"A collection of short stories that makes it hard not to read just one more."
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted March 9, 2018
Mystery | Novella / Short Story | Mystery Anthology
NOT SAFE AFTER DARK: AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of short
stories and novellas by ghostwriter Peter Robinson. There is
something perfect about a collection of short stories for this
time of year. You can read one story or multiple stories and
not have to worry about staying up all night to find out what
happens. I enjoyed indulging in one more story before getting
back to my chores and long to do list.
The stories in NOT SAFE AFTER DARK are tightly plotted with
intriguing twists and turns along the way. The endings are
remarkably done with creative reveals and a few unexpected
surprises. The stories are set in different time periods
throughout history, everything from World War I to World War II
and both in Canada and England. You will find action, drama,
romance, suspense, and mystery all wrapped up within the short
stories that lie within this amazing book.
The long list of characters is remarkable even though the
stories may be short. They have interesting backstories and are
well developed. Some you may love more than others, but all of
them make for an enjoyable read. The settings are picturesque
and help to set the tone of the story meshing perfectly with
the different plots of each story.
If you are not sure what to read next, this is the book for
you. There is a little bit of everything making it hard to pick
which one to read first. The perfect gift for someone who is
undecided on what they should read. Overall, I highly enjoyed
reading NOT SAFE AFTER DARK and look forward to read the next
collection in this series.
From the New York Times bestselling author of
Sleeping in the Ground comes this brilliantly
nuanced short story collection of twenty stories—most never
before published in the US, and one of them an Edgar
winner—which also features three Inspector Banks
Peter Robinson pens thrilling tales rich with
keen observations, pitch perfect dialogue, and shocking plot
twists that have fascinated readers all over the world and
made him one of the greatest suspense novelists alive. His
acclaimed novels featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks
rank among the most celebrated police procedural series in
modern fiction. In Not Safe After Dark and Other
Stories, Robinson showcases once again his
extraordinary talents with a collection of twenty stories,
including three featuring Inspector Banks.
Back”, Inspector Banks’ trip to celebrate his
parents’ Golden Anniversary reveals how evil can wear many
disguises. In the Edgar Award-winning “Missing in
Action”, the disappearance of a young boy
in the early days of WWII sparks a mob mentality with
chilling results. “Innocence” captures the
desperate plight of a man trapped by a set of coincidences
that derail his life and lead him down a path he was
destined to travel. The title story, Not Safe After
Dark, is an exhilarating tale with a sudden conclusion
that will leave readers’ hearts pounding.
Safe After Dark and Other Stories deftly explores the
darkest edges of humanity in which everyday people must
commit desperate acts as they face fear, temptation, and
impulses too irresistible to control.
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