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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man - shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015 - comes this special omnibus edition collecting three of Luke Smitherd's weirdest, darkest tales: “Hold On Until Your Fingers Break”, “The Man On Table Ten”, and “My Name Is Mister Grief”, plus exclusive bonus story "The Crash", unavailable anywhere else!
“My Name Is Mister Grief”. What if you could get rid of your pain immediately? What price would you be prepared to pay?
“Hold On Until Your Fingers Break”. A hangover, a forgotten night out, old men screaming in the street, and a mystery with a terrible, terrible answer...
“The Man On Table Ten”. He has a story to tell you. One that he has kept secret for decades. But now, the man on table ten can take no more, and the knowledge - as well as the burden - is now yours.
Exclusive story, “The Crash”. If you put a dent in someone's car, the consequences can be far greater - and more strange - than you expect.
©2015 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd
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Critic Reviews

"...a novel that intrigues, enthralls, horrifies, thrills, and hits the reader with an emotional resonance as only the best stories can." (Ain'
"...strong characterization, moral quandaries, mystery, and a whole lot of tense moments. Reading the final sentence was truly a bittersweet moment." (
"For me there is no greater joy than seeing an artist excel at his craft. WEIRD and DARK, yes, but more importantly...exciting and imaginative. Whether you've read his novels and are already a fan or these stories are your first introduction to Smitherd's work, you'll be blown away by the abundance of ideas." – (Ain't It Cool
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5 out of 5 stars
By JoanneG on 11-04-15

Four Strange Stories = One Great Book

This is a collection of three short stories. Each of them makes you ask yourself what you would do if you were in these situations. The answers aren't easy. The decisions made can be questionable, but that is what makes these stories so relatable. The characters are just like us. They are human, with all the good and bad that brings. We try to do the right things, but sometimes things don't turn out how we expected.

1. Hold on Until Your Fingers Break asks the question: How far would you go to avoid certain death? The consequences of that decision determines the fate of the characters.

2. The Man on Table Ten - I immediately thought of this as a Twilight Zone episode as I read it. The question asked here: Is the old man in the pub crazy or does he really know how the world will end? Or both? Do we want to know the answer?

3. My Name is Mister Grief - This is the most emotional of the three stories. It will haunt you after you read it. The question asked here: Would you do anything, regardless of the consequences, to end your grief? If you could eliminate that pain and emptiness, would it matter if others were hurt or if you lost yourself in the process? You will be asking yourself those questions long after you've finished this story. There is also a story-within-a-story that tells the tale of two boys with special "gifts" and the different ways their gifts are used. That story could be expanded into a book itself and would be fascinating.

I highly recommend this book. These stories will stay with you long after you've finished them.

The narrator is British, but I had no problem with the accent or those strange words that we use differently even though we're both speaking English. I also think the emotions of the stories are intensified if, as you listen to the stories, you close your eyes and see the scenes unfold in front of you. See yourself in these situations and immerse yourself in the words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle Kennedy on 11-02-15

You're traveling through another dimension....

I gave that title to my review because this set of stories reminds me so much of sitting and binge watching episodes of the Twilight Zone. There is a uniqueness and otherworldly quality to these stories that truly makes you think and wonder "What If?" Absolutely loved this collection!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Goulter on 02-14-16

More brilliance from Luke Smitherd!

Discovering the work of Luke Smitherd is without doubt one of my highlights over the last 12 months. This book brings me up to date having listened to everything he currently has produced.

Firstly if you've not read any of his previous work then don't hesitate in buying all of it, you won't be disappointed.

Weird. Dark. like all of Luke's previous books does an amazing job of exploring the world of science fiction, but in a way thats so close to "normality" you lose any doubts in your mind that the subject matter isn't real!

My only criticism is that all 3 stories were worthy of being full novels and i'm left with real hunger for Luke's next book.

My advice to anyone who has not read any of Luke's work is to start with "The Stoneman" and go from there. A real talent and an author who has big things ahead!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lmiller on 02-25-16

Get this right now!

Working my way through the authors back catalogue in a frenzy as I can't get enough.
An intriguing collection of stories which are well paced, well read and will stay with you once you have finished.
My new favourite author!!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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