It's the moment we all fear: losing our phone, leaving us cut off from family and friends. But, for Louise, losing hers in a local café takes her somewhere much darker.
After many hours of panic, Louise is relieved when someone gets in touch offering to return the phone. From then on she is impatient to get back to normal life.
But when they meet on the beach, Louise realises you should be careful what you wish for...
Mark Billingham's Cut Off is part of this year's Quick Reads series which gets big name authors to write short stories that are specifically designed to be easy to read so that anyone, no matter what their reading level may be, can pick up the books and enjoy reading.
The concept of this storyline is one that I'm sure will strike most of us with fear, what could happen if we lost our mobile phone, as in this modern technological world we do so much more on our phones than simply using them to make phone calls. I didn't even have a mobile phone until I was in my twenties and certainly didn't have internet access when I got my first mobile phone... yes I am that old!
Considering that Cut Off is less than 100 pages, Mark Billingham has managed to create the almost impossible task of creating a tense, dramatic tale within so few pages but as we follow Louise on her quest to get back her phone we soon realise that things are not quite what they seem. As well as focusing on how much Louise is reliant on her phone in every aspect of her day-to-day life, Cut Off also covers the topics of relationships, romantic and friendships, as well as loneliness. Although I was drawn into the drama I do have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed with the ending but that's just my personal opinion and you might feel differently to me.
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