Review: Little Killers A to Z by Howard Odentz

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Published by Bell Bridge Books

4 stars

Synopsis: 

Bad things come in small packages . . .
EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us.


From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zena, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers!
So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn’t just for grown-ups anymore. Come meet our gallery of little killers.
After all, they’re dying to meet you!


 

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**Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

 

This book ticked a lot of boxes for me, not least the front cover which is what first drew me in. It’s just such a good image which lets you know what you can expect when you crack over the cover. Yes, we know I’m shallow when it comes to book covers…. let’s move on.

The book is a collection of horror short stories, each one featuring children as the murderers which is always great fun. The author captures each story with a grim sort of humour which makes them all exceptionally easy and enjoyable to read (humour if you’re a fan of sick horror, like me).
What I found impressive is that out of 26 stories (A-Z), there is a huge amount of variety in the content and not a single one read like a filler to just make up the numbers. Each story had its own tone and characters, and I enjoyed each and every one!

The only reason I give the book 4 stars rather than 5 was that although I enjoyed all of the stories, there wasn’t a single one that particularly stuck out for me as horrific which was what I was hoping for when opening this book – clearly knife wielding psychotic children aren’t scary enough for me these days!

The author’s writing style is excellent and oh so very easy to read, I’m not normally a fan of short story collections but due to the combination of the writing style and how well all of the stories tied in together – I found myself cheerfully finishing the book off in a single sitting over the course of about 3 cups of tea.

If you like horror and you find yourself short on a little reading time at the moment, this is the book for you – each story will only take 5 minutes or so to read so you can easily fit it during those spare moments throughout the day.

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