A Cold Retreat by Jim Ody #BlogTour

I am delighted to share my 4 star review for A Cold Retreat by Jim Ody on Blog tour today

The Book

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.

My Thoughts

This is the third book I have read by Jim Ody and has always he certainly knows how to grab the killer from the start and leave them hanging. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story because the blurb doesn’t give that much away so I was shocked when the author describes some rather uncomfortable rape scenes. 

This book certainly isn’t for the faint hearted  Personally think it was a very brave thing to do being a male author. It is normally females that write about this subject matter. But I will say the author has done a brilliant job showing tensity in his writing.  

There are quite a few characters in A Cold Retreat with chapters that alternate between them building up the story telling Penny’s heartbreaking story. 

One thing I have noticed in the author’s novels is the music references. I am thinking this is Jim’s thing and with this being such an intense dark gritty story. I felt that the beginning of the story didn’t need them in the descriptions for me i found it rather distracting. When this story is brilliantly written.

This story is full of twists and turns will take your on a roller coaster ride of a emotions and keep you hooked from start to finish.  Which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars.


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.

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