First things first, before I dive into my book review for Jim Ody’s The Place That Never Existed. I just want to say, that this book may possibly be one of the most gripping page-turners I have ever had the pleasure of reading! But more about that in a wee while…
It’s the last day of the tour today, but if you wish to read more reviews, interviews with the author and excerpts please check out all the other amazing blogs above to see what they had to say about the book.
The Place That Never Existed
This suspense fuelled story is one of romance, murder, jealousy and lies. The blurb reads, “For Paul and Debbie it was meant to be the happiest time of their lives. A small village wedding in front of their family and friends, followed by a quiet honeymoon in Devon.
Not everyone had been happy to see them together. A woman from their past refused to accept it. Her actions over the previous year had ended in tragedy, and had almost broken the happy couple apart.
Now, away from it all in a picturesque log cabin, Paul and Debbie look forward to time spent alone together… But she has found out where they are, and she will stop at nothing to make sure that the marriage is over… forever.
But Huntswood Cove isn’t just a beautiful Devonshire fishing town, it has its own secret. Recently, people have begun to disappear, only to turn up dead in suspicious circumstances. The locals begin to question what is going on.
Soon everything strange points to the abandoned house in the woods. The house that nobody wants to talk about. To them, it is the place that never existed.”
Paul and Debbie are the main focus of the book, and we quickly warm to their newly-wed ways. Log cabin honeymoon, getting caught ‘in-the-act’ in the middle of the floor, their thirst for happiness and their struggle with a rocky past. They soon become loveable characters, and you really do wish them well after discovering what a dark experience that they have had to share.
Paul’s jealous ex girlfriend allows for a shocking subplot, and a vile cottage in the woods created some awful dreams for myself after reading the book at bedtime. From page 1 I honestly could not put the book down and read the whole novel in just a few sittings. The book is easy to read, with no complicated language and the book doesn’t jump around more than needed (something I find if over used, puts me massively off of a book from the first few chapters) but Jim Ody creates the perfect balance.
The book does contain rather adult themes, nothing too sexy but romance definitely finds it place between the pages. There are some expletives used throughout, but not with vulgarity or used to an excessive amount. As the book is a thriller, expect some horror themes that some may find uneasy to read… not me though! I do love a change to my usual reads of anything Julia Donaldson or phonics books. #MumProblems
I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but seriously who can be 100% honest when they say that they don’t? The cover of a book will always give us a slight glimpse as to what the pages hold. The cover image for The Place That Never Existed shows a footpath leading through some mysterious woodland. So, yeah… exactly what this book is about!
The ending of the book is a complete shocker, with a genre twist! I was well aware that I was sat reading with my jaw dropped and my eyes wide. I certainly didn’t see it coming. I was left at the end of the book thinking about the rollercoaster of a journey that Jim Ody had taken me on. Honestly, one of the best books I have ever read.
You can buy Jim Ody’s The Place That never existed in paperback and digital versions on Amazon.
Jim also has another book to read, Lost Connections. At the monet his book is FREE for Kindle! I’ve just downloaded it, and I cannot wait to get stuck in!
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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