I received a copy of this book for free from the Author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen
Published by Hoffman House Press on October 2, 2010
Format: Gifted Physical Book
"Vicky Johnson's killer rolled onto his right side, drew his knees up under the warm covers and cautiously peeked through the darkness at the crisp digits of the clock-radio counting his last moments on earth, death waiting patiently for him to shower and dress. The secret he thought, is not to open your eyes and let the world in.
"So begins the story of Dutch Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are no longer unthinkable."
What did I just read?! Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen was such a mind cluster that I really can’t seem to formulate words to describe everything I loved about its story and characters. Whatever I do say past this paragraph the one thing that was consistent was its timeless mystery and superb writing.
I usually don’t put much stock in prologues, but I felt I couldn’t overlook the prologue of Things In Ditches. Chills crawled up and down my back while reading about the nonchalant tone the killer used when talking about his victims. If you can survive the chilling opening to Things In Ditches you’re a real MVP. The comedic voice woven within the pages you fall into a false sense of security until the next chilling moment. I caution you to remain vigilant with each page turn because you don’t know what is coming your way next.
I know I’ve stated this before how much I love Olsen’s writing from The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Poison Makers, but Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen embodied everything I love about his unconventional style and storytelling. He’s probably the only author I know that can make you laugh, or at least chuckle, and accelerate your heart at the same time.
There was so much that could be said about Things in Ditches, but why ruin something you should experience yourself?!