Detective, Mystery & Thriller

The Place That Never Existed – Jim Ody

A lovely couple on their wedding day.. but ‘she’ is always close… a honeymoon in a cabin in the middle of the woods, far away from the civilized world, almost frozen in time. An old and abandoned house dissipating evil that no one dares to come close. Peculiar villagers and even stranger happenings… Something tells us that this will not be an ordinary honeymoon…


Our newlyweds, Paul and Debbie, cannot resist the challenge of entering the creepy house. A camera is watching them. It becomes even scarier when a car arrives with what looks like a body! All they can think of is getting the hell out of there! Little do they know that the spooky house has a spine-chilling history, you could say it is the village best-kept secret. Speaking of secrets, Debbie’s brother is not very good at keeping them and when ‘she’ tries to find out where the couple is, he might just have given ‘her’ a clue!

A couple of days before their adventurous undertaking and blissfully ignorant of ‘her’ plans, Paul and Debbie enjoy the romantic start of their life together. No internet to check on social media, and apart from the somewhat peculiar behaviour of the villagers, among whom Benji, a boy who barely speaks, life could not be more perfect. Except for the covertness surrounding the house. Why the disappearances? What mysteries harbours the eerie house in the woods almost no one dares enter?

My Thoughts

‘The Place That Never Existed’ is an unusual story that keeps you on your toes as you have no idea what to expect next. What initially sets out as a psychological thriller – newlyweds, avenging lover, violence and a mystery, turns out to be something completely different. In my opinion, the author sought to explain too much, the emotions, feelings, and actions of his characters and situations. It feels as if the obvious still needed to be stated- and that caused not only me to wish I could fill in things for myself but also the plot to slow down from time to time.

Apart from that, the structure of the book keeps it intriguing: in the Prologue, we find ourselves with the newlyweds in the old house “the place that never existed,” whereas the first chapter starts with the wedding day, a few days earlier. The narrative switches from present day to the past – as clearly stated at the start of each chapter that makes you are fully aware where in the story you are.

Slowly but surely, the past events are revealed but still, their impact on the present is not quite clear.. and that is where the author draws you in as you just have to find it out. What is it with that old house? Why the murders? I had an inkling of what was going on but only in the second half of the book and still, the twist took me by surprise. Spooky, suspenseful, intriguing and entertaining.

About the Author

Jim Ody Author Image

Jim Ody 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 the world of 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.

He writes dark psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming and favours stories packed with wit. He has written three novels and a novella all released by Crazy Ink. He has also contributed to around a dozen anthologies. He has a new book called ‘Mr Watcher’ coming very soon!

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.

Book Info

The Place That Never Existed’ is available at Amazon:

Pages 296
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 April 2018)
ISBN (paperback) 978-1987565096
ASIN (ebook) B07CJS7T64

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