From a young girl who hears voices to a man addicted to recycling, 'And The Angels Cried and other stories' is an eclectic mix of tales embracing the human condition.
In 'The Best Tool For The
Job', Ali McGurk makes a serious mistake with some car brakes, we meet a master criminal in 'The Magician' and in 'A Christmas Story' we read an apologetic email written after the office party. Thomson's Glaswegian origins are evident in 'Glasgow Style' and
'See Ma Man?' and there is a darkness and sense of horror in almost every story, even the funny ones.
With fourteen stories in the collection, of varying length and genre, it's guaranteed there will be something for everyone.
This is a lovely collection of short stories, probably the most eclectic I’ve ever read, as they range from very short Flash Fiction to longer stories that allow more character
development. The subject matter is equally varied so any reader would be hard pushed not to find something in this collection to enjoy.
There is a message in all of Annette’s stories and her black humour is evident even in the more light-hearted
ones. I did find ‘A Christmas Story’ quite amusing – the apologetic email after the Christmas party is something we can all identify with. ‘The best tool for the job’ is quite chilling as is ‘And the Angels cried’
from where the collection takes its name.
I did wonder if the collection needed something to bring it together as it is so eclectic but on reflection I think that’s what gives it its character. You may need a translator for a couple
of the stories showing Annette’s Glaswegian roots but all in all a well written collection that is a pleasure to dip into. I was just greedy though and read them all in one go!