Beneath The Whispers, Jim Ody

Author Bio

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 the world of 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.

He writes dark psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written three novels released through Zombie Cupcake Press and has also contributed to several anthologies. Coming soon is his psychological/mystery ‘Beneath The Whispers’ released by Crazy Ink. He also has short stories appearing in the following anthologies ‘War Paint’, ‘Crazy Fools’, ‘AWOL A.I.’ and ‘The End?’.

Jim 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.

About the book

Beneath The Whispers A Jim Ody novella Genevieve Deboise is too good for Scott Dean. He’s always known that. It isn’t a shock to learn she is cheating on him. What is a surprise is bumping into his childhood sweetheart in the woods where he’d planned to take solace in his heartbreak and bruised ego. But running into Mary-Ann Jennings isn’t exactly the fairy tale it might seem. Instead, his first love needs his help finding a USB stick that has fallen into the wrong hands. Now in the cellar of Genevieve’s new lover, Scotty must confront his feelings for both women in order to retrieve the missing USB stick. On a quest to confront his past and locate Mary-Ann’s property, he journeys through the whispers that have always surrounded him. Love will make you do crazy things. But is it enough to get beneath the whispers?

 My review

This is a brilliant psychological thriller novella and if you haven’t read anything from Jim Ody before I’d highly recommend Beneath The Whispers as a starting point.  I read it in one sitting and that’s not something I normally do, but I found myself hooked and I wanted to know about Scott Dean from the first page, even though I found him a little self-centered!

The novella is perfectly paced, giving the reader a good amount of backstory in the beginning. This novella is a real page turner with a great twist at the end, which I won’t spoil here.  It’s a short, quick read of about 114 pages but could easily be expanded out to a full length novel.  Ody is a unique and confident writer, reminiscent of Stephen King for me and I give this novella five stars.

I’d highly recommend this novella to someone who is looking for something a bit different and it’s one of the best stories I’ve read this year.

***** (Five Stars)

 

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