Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Lift (CSI Eddie Collins) by Andrew Barrett - Short story book review

TITLE - The Lift (CSI Eddie Collins)

AUTHOR - Andrew Barrett

PUBLISHER - The Ink Foundry

PAGES - 51

SYNOPSIS

The Lift is a stand alone Eddie Collins short story of about 30 pages. CSI Eddie Collins embarks on another ordinary day. But the people he meets in a lift prove that you should never make assumptions, never let preconceptions sway your judgement. And never let down your guard.

If you like fast-paced crime thrillers with raw emotions and characters that reach out of the book and grab you by the throat, you’ll love Andrew Barrett’s Eddie Collins series.
To experience Eddie’s ride to hell, buy The Lift today. Click here

What people say about The Lift:

~Very atmospheric and forceful short story.
~CSI Collins is a very believable character and certainly has an enjoyable dry wit. His cynical remarks in the lift are just spot on.
~The tension builds as we become privy to Eddie's thoughts, fears and anxieties; the claustrophobic setting adding to the sense of menace, as the reasons for the other two's presence are revealed.
~Eddie is as world-worn and blackly humorous as ever, a character with such depth.
~The three-hander plays out with the vividness and claustrophobic threat Barrett is so good at creating. You, the reader, are there in that lift.
~It was real, gritty and gripping. I was in that lift.



This was a very short story; long enough to read on a bus or train journey to work. 


As the title indicates, it is set in a lift and is therefore basically one long chapter. Without offering any spoilers, which is difficult with such a short story, it centres around a CSI (SOCO) officer, who was off to deal with an incident in a block of flats. He shares a lift with others, and the story deals with the interaction between the parties.

I didn't actually like the CSI. I found him rude and felt he had a chip on his shoulder. He didn't come across as being very professional in his demeanour. The plot line wasn't too bad considering the word count, and the author got a lot of content in to such a few pages. Overall its not too bad, but not the best short story I've read. The Author does write other books on this character and I would read the books to get more of an insight into the character of Eddie Collins.