The Significant Others of Odie May

Any one of them could have murdered her... but who did?

The significant others of Odie May

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 a man called Carl Draper says 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.


Thrilled to have appeared on Anita Chapman's Neetsmarketing Instagram Live on 29/9/21 talking about Odie, 'Yield' and writing and submission tips. It's available on catch up here.

Published on 28th July 2021, and available via Amazon, Troubador and Waterstones.

Some reviews with thanks to Kelly Lacy of Love Books Tours:

I urge you to read this book – it is not your average murder mystery, and it’s all the better for that. It will make you think long and hard about your own life, chances and choices and all those what ifs that we all secretly cling to - @daisyhollands

... a book like no other I have read, and it is a book I will treasure, it really was a joy to read - @snowphiethebookworm

Holy moly! This book was amazing! I recommend this book to everyone! I promise you are gonna love it! @curlygrannylovestoread

and to these wonderful authors:

Intriguing and elegantly written. Claire Dyer has written a novel that is both captivating and compulsive. I turned the pages desperate to discover the secrets of Odie May and her significant others. The story is about love and loss, atonement and hope. It’s about coming to terms with who you are. ~ Jenny Quintana, author of ‘The Missing Girl’, ‘Our Dark Secret’ and ‘The Hiding Place’

Odie May is a magnificent book. I’ve enjoyed every minute. What a charming and flawed and endearing character Odie is, and what a clever and intriguing idea behind her. The tale is psychologically so sound and emotionally engaging. I was totally wrapped up in the story from page one and had no idea how it would end… although such a satisfying ending. Thank you so much for a really great read. I love your books but this is the best so far - Hilary Boyd, author of 'The Affair'

Claire Dyer’s writing is wonderfully descriptive, witty and hugely observational - Joy Kluver, author of 'Last Seen'

This book isn’t always comfortable reading but it grips you, and when, in an unexpected turn of events, Odie is offered an all but impossible choice, you really begin to feel for the person she is. Or perhaps the person she always wanted to be. You’ll need to read it to find out and I thoroughly recommend that you do - Jane Cable, author of 'The Forgotten Maid'