#TheWriteReads #BBNYA #BlogTour Review: Wilthaven by Oli Jacobs

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A very fun mixed-media horror/comedy novel.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Oli Jacobs for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Oli Jacobs is a bearded chap who enjoys spinning a yarn or two. While now a hermit, he has been rumoured to be seen drinking beer and enjoying chicken in the wilds of Southampton. If seen, please approach gently as he has severe anxiety and may cry.

As well as Wilthaven, Oli has also wrote other Horror (The Children of Little Thwopping, The Station 17 Chronicles), Comedy (the Kirk Sandblaster series), Thriller (the Mr Blank series), and short stories (the Filmic Cuts series).

As always, he hopes you enjoy.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

A quiet English town that thrives on local produce, old fashioned values, and survival against the rule of an Eldritch Abomination. Here, you will enjoy endless walks, soothing sounds, forceful avatars, and the kind of joys that only an English township can bring!

(Please note: this dossier has been compiled by the BPD based on materials found relating to P1983 – or Wilthaven as you know it. Treat every sentence, word, image, and syllable with the utmost paranoia. Be safe.)

Wilthaven is a horror comedy by Oli Jacobs, who previously mined scares & chuckles from the likes of The Children of Little Thwopping, Filmic Cuts, and Bad Sandwich. As always, he hopes you enjoy.

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m just going to come out and say it: reading Wilthaven was one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I’ve had in a while.

The format of this book is mixed-media in that it is told using a “found footage” type of narration. If you’ve read Illuminae, it’s kind of like that. As you make your way through the story, you’ll find various letters, emails, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. I’m a huge fan of this type of formatting, so I was hooked right away.

The story itself follows a government agency who studies alternative universes/realities. They have recently begun finding artifacts that all connect back to a mysterious (and nonexistent) town called Wilthaven, where abnormal is the normal.

As I read this book, it reminded me a lot of the podcast Welcome to Nightvale. It has the same “horror, but funny horror” type of feel to it and was equal parts hilarious, perplexing, and terrifying. I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is interested in checking it out.

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!


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4 thoughts on “#TheWriteReads #BBNYA #BlogTour Review: Wilthaven by Oli Jacobs

  1. Ellie Rayner February 6, 2022 / 4:54 am

    Fantastic review JenJen. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and your review has sold this book to me, I can’t wait to pick it up soon!

    Liked by 1 person

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