A single decision can save – or ruin – a life.

An opportunistic baby theft by a young woman in pain. Two strangers shipwrecked on a lifeless rock, unable to speak the same language. An isolated cycling holiday descends into terror. One woman seeks the courage to destroy her life. A miracle unites a community, and teenagers take a stand against hypocrisy.

Karl Drinkwater presents characters to root for – and characters to dread – in sixteen tales of humanity, endurance, and spirit.

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This is a standalone short story collection.
This collection of short stories has something for everyone. The 16 stories cover different genres, but are linked by the fact that each one involves a decision…a decision that can change lives.

This book showcases Karl’s talent of being able to write in different styles across different genres. There’s stories of kidnap, grief, sacrifice, narcissism, love, death, loss, murder, being stranded, annoying computer systems and more…

My top three were: Recalling the Boy – a moving story of family, love and memories; How I Wonder What You Are – a thrilling story that had me on the edge of my seat and with the most unexpected ending; and The Potential – a heartbreaking tale that turns into something beautiful. Each story will bring out different emotions. Some are a few pages long, others enough pages for you to really get deep into the story and one of the best things were the unexpected twists throughout.

Each story is told in a completely different way so you’re bound to find something that sits well with you. The way Cry, Wolf was told was unlike anything I’ve read before.

Overall, this brings you some fab, twisty and dark stories (in places) that will have you on the edge of your seat, others will make you sad, and others will get you thinking. Perfect for those that don’t have much time to read, you can pick it up and grab a short story whenever you have  a little gap in your day.
-- Curled up with a good book

I love how diverse they are with their writing. This book of 16 short stories tells tales of real life horrors, grief, loneliness, anxiety and many other things, in such a way that it is very believable, the rawness, the emotion felt very real. An intelligent and empathetic writer who has a clear understanding of the world around him and the truly horrific experiences that life can bring. A literary gem.
-- CookingTheBooks

Where do I start with this review? I love Drinkwater’s books, I’ve read all of them so far, and each one remains in my mind for a long time after. It Will Be Quick is no different. This collection of short stories held me spellbound, each one cleverly crafted and so well written you feel like you’ve read an entire novel in just a few pages.
It’s not easy to create characters and situations in short stories that capture the reader, but Drinkwater has achieved this and much more. You’re desperate to know what happens to the two strangers stranded on a rocky island in the middle of the ocean, fighting for their lives as hours, then days, pass; your heart aches for the little boy who sacrifices everything for an undeserving mother; you are with a mother as she gives birth, so incredibly written that you’re left stunned at the end; and a story from an era of thousands of years ago, sad, poignant, and frighteningly real, will remain with you for a long time.
These are just some of the stories. There are many more, such as the old man shunned by a society that only listens to money, a woman who finds a computer game gives a much-needed edge to her life, a man whose cycling holiday takes a bizarre turn, and then there is the stunning ‘Miasma’, which you have to read for yourself.
Once again Drinkwater has surpassed himself, proving that anything he writes is a must-read. As with all his books, I highly recommend It Will Be Quick.
5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge.
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