It’s a pleasure today to be sharing my thoughts on A Cold Retreat by Jim Ody as part of the blog tour. My thanks go to Simon Leonard and Jim Ody for the opportunity to participate.
As a child, Penny dreams of being a princess. She knows life isn’t exactly like fairy tales, 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.
Years have passed but the past cannot be forgotten. Now someone is intent on making the men pay for what they have done.
This is a chilling tale of revenge that explores the impact of not being able to say no.
The first thing that caught my eye for A Cold Retreat was the cover, this is the sort of book that would jump off the shelf at me if I was browsing. The second thing was reading the blurb, it’s quite simple and doesn’t give too much away which I really like. Sometimes you can get too much information but this really piqued my interests and made me want to keep on reading and that’s exactly what I did.
I’ll be completely honest here and say I was a wee bit confused at the beginning, we’re introduced to a lot of characters and the timeline jumped about a little bit but I soon got into the swing of the authors writing and was hooked.
The characters really come off the page, each has their own voice so you really feel like you know them. Penny’s story is heart breaking and I was really rooting for her throughout the book and I’m not going to say much more than that. This is a story you just need to read, to follow the journey without any hints to what might happen but be prepared to not want to put the book down until the very end.
This is the first book I’ve read by Jim Ody and I can safely say it won’t be the last, it was twisty, gripping and utterly unputdownable. It will definitely be highly recommended from me.
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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.