Lost Connections by Jim Ody
I was very honoured to be asked, by Jim Ody, to take part in the release of his debut novel.
What would you do if the most important person to you had been kidnapped? One minute your daughter is there, and the next she has been bundled into a van right under your nose. They want something of your father’s. You don’t know what that is, and your father mysteriously disappeared over 7 years ago. Going to the police is not an option. And the answers will slowly appear in the most unlikely of places.
As single-parent Eddie’s world falls apart, an unlikely alliance forms between friends and neighbours who put their differences aside, to help get his daughter Daisy back. As the mystery unfolds a huge secret is uncovered that not only will affect Eddie and his family, but the whole of mankind…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book I have read by Jim Ody although I have heard good things in its journey towards publication.
The story begins with a prologue and we are immediately thrown in to the action as Ed’s daughter, Daisy, is kidnapped, in a flash, in front of his eyes. And so begins a rough ride to get her back that involves friends and neighbours who put aside their differences to help.
An absent father who may be dead (but may not) and the demands of being a single parent are probably enough for Ed but fate has other ideas as his daughter is placed in danger by something his father had or did but what is it?
There are many unique characters which build throughout the story I especially like Ed and Daisy there is something I really love about children being involved in thrillers. They are so resilient and resourceful and I wasn’t disappointed with Daisy she is a realistic well built character I am hoping to meet again in future books.
A steady read but a very interesting one with plenty of shockers.
As a child Jim wanted to be a truck driver – more specifically Kris Kristofferson in the movie ‘Convoy’, however somehow this never happened, nor did he ever smuggle moonshine in Hazzard County, find treasure with his buddies in the Goondocks, or hunt sharks on Amity Island. He did win ‘The Spirit Of Judo’ award as a seven-year-old, and have published his design of a ‘Dog-Walking Machine’ in an English text book at the age of ten; so every cloud and all of that…
Jim has had poems and articles published on a number of websites, and for eight years, was a weekly music reviewer for a popular music website where he got to meet bands and see free gigs.
Jim has published two books ‘Lost Connections’ and ‘The Place That Never Existed’, and had his short story, ‘The Moth In The Jar’ selected and published in the charity anthology ‘Dark Minds’.
Jim lives with his wife and three children in Swindon, Wiltshire, and is currently writing his next novel ‘A Cold Retreat’ (due out in summer 2017); and more than likely eating chocolate. And watching football.