Monday 24 February 2014

Review ~ Chills: A Short Story Collection by Sahar Sabati.

Title: Chills: A Short Story Collection.
Author: Sahar Sabati.
Genre: Suspense.
Release Date: October 17, 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon ; Kobo ; B&N ; iTunes

The same people are impossibly spotted in two different places at once; a man considers murdering the husband of a woman he loves; while driving home very early in the morning, a driverless car appears out of the fog and follows two sisters home. Fear of the unknown, emotional intensity, and plain old creepiness will give you chills long after you have finished reading the seven stories in this collection.


Chills provided an eerie set of short stories, an ideally creepy read for a dark night in or perhaps an occasion like Halloween. If you’re hoping for blood and guts than this collection probably isn’t for you. However, if well thought-out, spooky tales based on not completely unrealistic scenarios is more your thing, this book is the one to pick up.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Chills but was pleasantly surprised by how developed the short stories were. Each had an intriguing setting and strong characters and they were all packed full of twists. I thought individually that Sahar Sabati’s vivid imagination shone through in every story in the collection and it was hard to pick a favourite.

I was enthralled from the moment I started the first story in the book, and my attention was kept throughout until I ended up finishing the book in one go. My only criticism would be that I felt the last two stories were slightly weaker than the rest, but they were still entertaining.

Sahar Sabati showed off some great writing in Chills: A Short Story Collection. Each story really held its ground and the author did wonderfully in making each story, as short as they were meant to be, feel complete and not lacking. Overall, Chills was an imaginative, fascinating spooky read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

The author of Spirit Within Club and Chills: A Short Story Collection, Sahar was born the first of three siblings and the first of eight cousins who grew up together. Thrust in the role of head of the brood at a very early age, she honed her imagination by creating stories and plotlines the eight of them could play to all summer long. But soon, her interest in the paranormal took its toll on said brood. Worried on the long-term effects (as well as potential therapy costs) of this continual exposure to increasingly scary stories her oldest was (too) expertly weaving for their terrified ears, her mother gave her a typewriter – and a writer was born. Many books, a couple of screenplays, countless short stories, numerous essays, two blogs, and one Facebook page later, Sahar joined the ranks of Blogcritics, delving into the world of reviews.

Connect with Sahar: Website ; Blog ; Facebook ; Twitter ; Instagram

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