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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.

Author Bio 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:

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A big thank you to Love Book Tours and to the Publishers for allowing me a spot to review The Significant Others of Odie May by Claire Dyer. I was very excited that I was going to read this book which had an interesting premise but in the end I had to DNF after starting chapter 4.

I can see where Claire was going it was a different kind of murder mystery which sounded really good but the execution for me was a bit off. In the book we see Odie recalling events in her life starting as a child of aged 8 and there was a mention of the 'Great Upset' but we don't get to hear what that was then it jumped back to the present then in Chapter 4 Odie was suddenly 16 and again the big upset was mentioned but by then I was bored and confused. If only we knew earlier what the big upset was it may have kept readers like me who are not used to slow burners have their interests piqued. I did like that they were trying to figure out who did the dirty and killed Odie but when we were taken back to when she had a friend Anna I think that was her name and how she wanted her friend's pencil case just sounds so benign. Instead starting off at say and older Odie may have been a better idea. One final thing which did grate on me a lot was when Carl called God the Big G it was a bit used too much.

I do know that there will be readers who will gobble this book right up but unfortunately I was not one of them which I am very sad about.

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