A Cold Retreat, Jim Ody

Cold retreat 

As a child, Penny dreams of being a princess. She knows life isn’t exactly like fairytales, but she hopes it can be similar.
The future isn’t so kind to Penny. The princes in her reality turn out to be evil. Battered and bruised she hits rock bottom.

Jim Ody

Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from art.

For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.

Jim likes to write psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming. He also favours stories packed with wit.

Zombie Cupcake Press have published his two books ‘Lost Connections’ and ‘The Place That Never Existed’, and will release his third ‘A Cold Retreat’ in January 2018. He also has a short stories in a number of anthologies with Zombie Cupcake Press and Bloodhound Books. Next year will see the release of a haunting novella, another psychological thriller and the start of a comedy/crime series (Caper & Dice).

He has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.

My Review

I didn’t know what to expect from this novel  but I found the cover very intriguing. This is the first Jim Ody novel that I’ve read and overall I think its good.  Ody has a unique voice which works well and stands out from the crowd. I found it difficult at first getting my head around the characters but as the novel progressed I found that it all started to make sense. I did find myself having to push through the beginning before I got into the book though and sometimes I find first person quite hard to relate to.  The prologue has a great hook though and captured my attention and there’s plenty of tension along the way.

I know this is not one of Ody’s first novels and it feels confidently written.  The story flows and Ody has a strong narrative voice.  He has webbed a very complex narrative of multiple view points.

**** Four Stars

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