Jim Ody: A Lifetime Ago

Today iI’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for A Lifetime Ago. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell and the team at Question Mark Press for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.


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.


A Lifetime Ago is the first book in the series featuring Hudson Bell. I enjoyed getting to know Hudson: he has an interesting past and we learn more gradually as the novel continues. I loved the scenes in group therapy. I’ve had group therapy before and hated every second so I felt it was brilliantly observed. Hudson is committed to his work and this made me root for him and his partner, Jez. Jez is a great character and he provided some lighter, humorous moments among the serious subjects that Ody explores in this novel. 

Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character and this helped me to get to know each one and how they were connected to one another. Ody knows his characters very well and they all feel authentic with a great deal of depth. 

The investigation that forms the main plot of A Lifetime Ago is really engaging and I was keen to find out what had happened to Darren. As the novel reaches the ending, the tension rises as Hudson and Jez follow the leads they are given. I was on the edge of my seat hoping they would be successful. I did feel like I had everything sorted in my head, but there were plenty of surprises before it is all wrapped up. 

A Lifetime Ago is available from Amazon.

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