Every twenty years, a curse hits Black Rock. The time has come again, and the suicides have already begun.
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for The Crazy Season by Jim Ody.
The Crazy Season is a thriller about suicidal teenagers in a cursed small coastal town. An investigative journalist and a free-spirited woman join forces to unveil the truth separating what is authentic from superstition and encountering a bit of supernatural.
Our thanks to the author and Zooloos Book Tours for the advanced reader’s copy.
Title: The Crazy Season by Jim Ody
Publisher: Question Mark Press; 1st edition (May 4, 2021)
Language: English – 308 pages
Joel Baxter is infamous for solving weird and bizarre cases that others avoid. So, when he receives an email from a teenage boy Tim saying his town is cursed, he cannot turn it down.
“…I will more than likely be dead when you read this. There is nothing I can do about it. It’s the curse, and we’ve hit The Crazy Season.” Every 20 years, there are a handful of unexplained teenage deaths and it’s started again.
With the help of his straight-talking friend Melody, they set out to get to the bottom of the alleged curse. Everybody in Black Rock has secrets and nobody wants to speak.
The closer they get to truth the more Joel and Melody realize that their involvement is far from coincidental.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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I was attracted to this book by its intriguing cover. The plot took me a little out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed the ride.
Joel was an investigative journalist who had suffered a car accident that killed his daughter and left his wife in a coma. After a year of trying to deal with the trauma and still quite devastated, Joel was called to investigate a curse that was killing teenagers in a nearby town.
He was joined by Melody, the carefree sister of his best friend, who had previously lived in the cursed town.
One of the things I loved the most about the story was Joel’s commitment to his unresponsive wife and how he managed to foster a genuine friendship with Melody despite their opposite personalities.
There was always something exciting happening to keep me turning the pages.
The side characters were very varied, and some of them stole the show for a little while, especially the alien abducted Barry with his imaginary/ inflatable girlfriends.
The end was pleasantly surprising and upbeat. I’m curious to know what comes next for Joel and Melody.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
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About the Author
Jim spent 10 years writing music reviews and interviewing bands for a rock music website. He also contributed lifestyle and comedic features and poems to a number of websites.
Jim writes Psychological/Thrillers, YA and Horror that often end with his trademark twists! He doesn’t believe in being restrained by genres and looks to blur the lines between them.
He has had thirteen novels, and well over a dozen short stories published, and re-published by Question Mark Press, Hambrook Press, Wolfgang Press, Limitless Publishing, Zombie Cupcake and Bloodhound Books.
Obsessed with writing, Jim has releases planned throughout 2021 and 2022. These include an anthology and the first book in a YA Horror series.
Jim is also the founder of Question Mark Press, a publisher that helps self-publishing authors to achieve their potential. He believes in Pay-It-Forward, and so authors retain all 100% of royalties.