This is a tale about how the events of one day have such catastrophic consequences on the future.
Hudson Bell is a consultant for the police. A former DI, he spends his days helping to find missing children.
May and her son go on a road trip to celebrate his birthday; Robert and Nadia buy their dream house by the sea.
But as each look to enjoy a new life, none of them can shake off what happened on that fateful day. One of them blames the others and will stop at nothing to seek revenge.
One accident and five lives changed forever.
Hudson Bell series
Book 1 – A Lifetime Ago
Book 2 – Come Back Home
Now this is a true psychological fiction novel – it has had my brain in knots working it all out!
When an accident happens, it’s effects are like the ripples on a pond. This is a story about five people, all ripples. Hudson Bell, former Detective Inspector with superb investigative skills, now working as a police consultant; May and her son Blaine, heading on a road trip to celebrate his birthday and Nadia and Robert, making a fresh start in their new home in the country. Each of them affected by that day, and each trying and failing to overcome their own trauma.
Wow, this is some read! I don’t generally re-read the blurb before beginning a novel, so I really appreciated the names on the chapter title, otherwise I would have gone completely crazy reading this – for some time I was completely flummoxed! There is such a lot going on, and it’s certainly not easy to work out how it connects. Full marks to the author for clever writing using language and character names which will attract US readers without alienating too many Brits! The plot is full of twists and turns and certainly kept me glued to the pages until the very end. A superb creation, and I cannot wait to read more of Hudson Bell. An absolutely bamboozling read, fully earning five sparkling stars.
My thanks to author Jim Ody for adding me to his Review Group and providing me with a copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 262 pages
- Publisher: Question Mark Press
- Publication Date: 13 March 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51369374-a-lifetime-ago
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. If you look closely, all of his books are connected…
He has written 12 books, released and re-released by a number of publishers. He has also contributed to over a dozen anthologies. He’s the author of the popular Hudson Bell series, and his new book ‘Little Miss Evil’ will be released on Halloween 2020. Look out for his book ‘The Crazy Season’ which is due out early 2021!
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 UK.