Wilthaven by Oli Jacobs – Blog Tour

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!!


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.

Publisher: Independently published

Length: 362 Pages

Date Published: April 27th, 2020

Amazon: UK –


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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55677846-wilthaven

My Thoughts

Wow!  What a completely unexpected book Wilthaven was.  I’ve never read anything like it and I was completely blown away by the writing style, the use of mixed media and how Oli Jacobs balanced humour with a certain level of genuine creepiness so well.

Wilthaven is the story of a place, not on any maps, and the people who live there terrorised by ‘monsters’ and strange events and living by specific rules to keep safe.  Over many years documents, reports, incidents etc have been categorised by an investigation team over about 50 years.  The whole plot is represented through a variety of mixed media which is so clever.  You get little snippets of information revealed in a variety of ways but the whole story of Wilthaven remains quite enigmatic, leaving the reader to use their imagination.

Oli Jacobs has created an atmospheric and unsettling place and I couldn’t get enough of it although there were a few chuckles on the way.  It completely gave me X-Files/Wayward Pines vibes. I devoured this book and I strongly advise you to pick it up and tuck in.      

Author Bio – Oli Jacobs

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).


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