Any one of them could have murdered her… but who did?
On the night Odie May and her married lover are due to celebrate him leaving his wife, Odie goes out to buy a bottle of his favourite wine and, on her way home, is murdered by a woman in a lime green coat.
The next thing Odie knows is that she’s in a waiting room and there’s a man called Carl Draper saying he’s her Initial Contact. He is carrying a clipboard and invites her into an interview room.
Over the course of her interview, Carl and Odie track back to the significant others in her life to date to try and work out where she’s gone wrong, who might have killed her, and why.
In the meantime, Carl also shows Odie what’s happening in the life she’s left behind as her mother and her lover, Michael, learn of her death and manage the tricky days that follow it.
But nothing is as simple as it seems. Although Carl has it in his power to return Odie to the moment before she was killed, this comes at a price she may not be able to pay.
When Odie’s partner finally makes the decision to leave his wife so that they can start a life together, she feels that everything is finally falling in to place for her. However, her happiness is short lived when on the evening she finally gets everything she has wanted, she is brutally murdered.
When Odie wakes up and finds herself sat in a waiting room with a man named Carl she is rightly confused by the situation. He explains that he is her first contact and is the person who will help her explore the significant others in her life to try and unravel what events lead to her murder and who is responsible for taking her life away.
Odie also gets to see what happened in the days following her death and the ways in which those she loved most dealt with the loss. By now, Odie knows Carl has the ability to take her back to the moments before her death and how she can prevent her murder taking place, but that comes at an unimaginable cost, something that leaves Odie questioning how much her life is really worth.
This is a book unlike any I have read before. The storyline is utterly unique and captivating from the moment you begin reading. Odie is a complex character who has been dealt a rather difficult hand in life, especially when she falls in love with a married man. All she really longs for is to be loved and live a happy life with those she loves, and as we get to know her better as her story progresses you cant help but find yourself letting her into your heart.
Full of mystery and drama, alongside a cast of intriguing characters it is impossible to not find yourself fully immersed in Odie’s life and the world in which the author has created.
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About the Author
Claire Dyer’s novels are published by Quercus, The Dome Press and Matador. Her latest, ‘The Significant Others of Odie May’ is out in July 2021. Her poetry collections are published by Two Rivers Press. She curates Reading’s Poets’ Café, teaches creative writing and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Berkshire. Her website is: www.clairedyer.com
*Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours, Quercus books and Claire Dyer for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*