One Letter Different by Joanna Cannon


Title: One Letter Different
Author: Joanna Cannon
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Family
Dates read: 5th March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: Her father pulled straight into a space at the side of the road, and both her parents stared at her through the gap between the front seats.

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Sometimes it takes the beauty and serenity of the Moors to find a way to move on. Sometimes you just need to stop and be still to breathe again.


This was so much less creepy than many of the other short stories in the I Am Heathcliff collection. Where the rest are about weird, obsessive, unrequited love, this is something a little more different. The moors still play a major part in the story. As does the sense of love and loss.

To me, this story was a lot about healing. From the outset I was kind of expecting a horror and another unhealthy and creepy love. But, as it unfolded, I realised that it was about a slightly different kind of love. It was still one that couldn’t be returned, but it was one that wasn’t so unhealthy. And mostly it just left me with a feeling of comfortable loss and sadness. One that I can’t fathom, but could kind of sympathise with.

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