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Book Review – ‘The Visitors’ by Catherine Burns ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort.  A timid spinster in her fifties that still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

I’d been drawn towards this book during my Kindle Unlimited subscription earlier in the year but never got around to actually reading it.  As my current subscription draws to a close I thought that October was the perfect time to read this book as just reading the description gave me a sense of unease. The book started out strongly with an instant sense of horror in the engrossing opening pages.  The fear seeps into every facet of the story: in Marion’s terror of their secret being discovered, in the identity of the mysterious visitors, the question of what it is that John doing to “help” them and the question why Marion is so scared of her brother.

The story is narrated by Marion and moves between the past and present, offering us a glimpse into their childhoods and how they came to be where they are today; a dysfunctional brother and sister in their fifties, both childless and unemployed, living together in the family home they grew up in. For most of the book little information is offered about the visitors and they remain a secretive and almost ominous element that, like Marion, we don’t really understand.  The author maintains an element of eeriness and foreboding throughout the book and the more we learn about the characters and events, the more that atmosphere grows and we empathise with Marion’s dilemma at both wanting to have their dark secret discovered and trying to protect it at all costs.

The characters in this book were well written and very relatable.  Marion is a cowed, anxious, repressed woman who is stuck in her childhood.  She grew up starved of the physical or emotional affection she craved and was convinced by her mother that she is too stupid to do anything and better behind the closed doors of the family home as the world and everyone in it are perilous. You feel sad for Marion as she grapples with wishing for more in life; for love, children, friends and the courage to live the way she’s too scared to.  She’s the victim in this story and powerless to help either herself or the visitors, who seem to terrify her as much as her overbearing brother. John’s character is your typical bully with a penchant for violence and perversion.  He frightened not only Marion but even their parents from being a teenager and no one has ever been able to control him. He therefore has always been able to do whatever he wants with little in the way of consequences, making him even more terrifying as he knows he’s untouchable and that he can make Marion bend to his will through intimidation.

After John suffers a heart attack Marion is finally forced to face the truth that not only does he keep the visitors in the cellar, but also the sickening reality of their conditions and plight. The final chapters are the most disturbing part of the novel but also the most gripping.  I’d found this was a book I didn’t want to stop reading from the start but the final chapters made it impossible to put it down as I had to know how things would end.

The Visitors is a riveting and scary debut novel. It is the first horror book I’ve read and I think I’ve been converted to a new genre in reading it.  I’ll end this review with a quote from the book that I found haunting:

“Sometimes when you hurt a living thing it could drain away some of the hurt that was inside you…

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Book Review – ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ by Sejal Bandani ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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An epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Jaya, a New York journalist, is unprepared for the heartbreak of three miscarriages and the subsequent breakdown of her marriage.  Feeling like she’s lost everything, she doesn’t know what to do or where to turn.  When her Mother receives a letter from her brother informing her that their estranged Father in India is dying and wants to see her before his death, Jaya is shocked that she refuses to both discuss the letter or go to see her Father.  Feeling in need of answers about her Mother’s past and her own heritage Jaya decides to travel India herself and see her Grandfather.

When she arrives in India Jaya is enraptured by the sights, smells and sounds.  She feels like she’s in a strange land but knows she is deeply rooted in this place too.  Upon arriving at the house she meets Ravi, her Grandmother’s former servant and loyal friend.  Though she was too late to meet her Grandfather before his death her quest for answers isn’t lost as Ravi agrees to tell her the story of  why her Mother left India upon her marriage and never returned.

The story begins in the 1930s when her late Grandmother, Amisha, was a newly wedded 15-year-old girl during the British Occupation.  Amisha was a pioneer who fought against things she felt were unjust in any way possible, often to her own detriment. This starts when she hires Ravi, an untouchable, as her servant.  She knows this is against custom and it will incur the wrath of her overbearing mother in law, but she accepts the consequences and hires him anyway.

Amisha was a storyteller. She had always written stories and poems that she hid away, sure that no one would want to read them. She had always been desperate to learn and would steal her brothers textbooks and school herself by candlelight. Always wanting tolearn more, when an English school opened she hoped to become a student and learn English.  This takes her on a path she never imagined and leads to choices she never envisioned having to make. It is the best time of her life and yet also the worst.

Hearing the story of her Grandmother has a huge impact on Jaya. Amisha was a woman who grappled to find herself while also staying true to what others expected of her, this makes Jaya question if she ever actually made any real decision in life. She’s had all this freedom, the kind of freedom her Grandmother could only dream of, yet she has pursued the established path before her with no real thought as to if that is what she truly wants.  Hearing how her Grandmother was uncommonly brave in the decisions she made helps Jaya feel able to become braver herself and start dealing with the heartache of her losses and talking about what happened instead of keeping it all locked inside. Instead of escaping from her life and heartache, she finds she is now able to face things in a healthy way.  She is also now able to understand why her Mother always seemed cold and distant and refused to talk about her past. She is also able to give her the story of the mother she lost and the love she never knew growing up.

This was a beautiful and profoundly touching story that was wonderfully written.  I thought the choice to write in the first person during the story, as well as the present day, was a skillful one. It immersed you in Amisha’s mind and world, helping you understood the decisions she made and reasons for her actions, even when they might otherwise have seemed wrong.  A magnificent, heartwarming book that I would highly recommend.

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Book Review – ‘No Further Questions’ by Gillian McAllister ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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“Two sisters, carved in two by the justice system.”

If the police say your sister killed your daughter but she says she’s innocent who would you believe? Who would the rest of your family believe? And how do you recover from such a betrayal and double loss? These are the questions facing Martha in this fantastic book.

This book had me hooked from the first page. It was hard to tear myself away as all I wanted to do was read and find out what would happen to Becky. Did she kill Layla? And if not her then who did? The story is told mostly from the perspectives of both Martha and Becky and takes place during Becky’s trial for murder. Becky maintains her innocence from the start and although Martha is desperate to believe her sister couldn’t have done such a thing, the prosecution are telling her that she did. How do you not trust what the police and lawyers, the very people that are there to see justice is done, are telling you? The heartbreak Martha faces at this dilemma, at having not only lost her precious child but also facing the possibility that it was at the hands of her sister and best friend, is something you can’t fail to be moved by.

As the conclusion approached, I was racing to read as fast as possible to find out what had happened. I found myself scared at the thought that we might never having a real answer to the question. No conclusion after all. As I was reading I could feel the tension and that a big reveal and/or twist was coming but when it came it took my breath away and tore at my heart. The fact that I’d guessed correctly didn’t dull the sense of tragedy in the truth of what had happened.

This was my first read by Gillian McAllister but it certainly won’t be my last. No Further Question explores the complexities of family, love and parenthood, of a sister torn in two and a family torn apart. It is an emotional, heartbreaking, edge-of-your seat book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys well written crime fiction, thrillers and mystery.

Paperback released today.

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Book Review – ‘In Her Shadow’ by Mark Edwards ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐

I recently read ‘In Her Shadow’ by Mark Edwards which is finally released today. In celebration of Publication Day I decided to share my review on here

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Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, Amazon Publishing UK and Mark Edwards for the chance to read an ARC of this novel.

“Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead”.

When the story starts it’s been four years since her sister Isabel’s death and Jessica has never once doubted that it was anything other than a tragic accident. But when her daughter Olivia, who never met her Aunt, suddenly knows long forgotten details of Isabel’s life and talking about “a bad man” and secrets she mustn’t share, Jessica starts to wonder if maybe Izzy didn’t fall from the balcony after all. So, she starts to investigate; trying to garner information from her reluctant and frightened daughter and family members who mostly believe she should let it lie. All the while going between belief and denial that Olivia is telling the truth, fearful of what it means if Olivia really is communicating with her dead Aunt and if Isabel was murdered.

Mark Edwards is the King of the psychological thriller with a eerie twist. When I read ‘The Retreat’ a few months ago I instantly became a fan and this is the 5th of his books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. When you open a Mark Edwards book you expect a rollercoaster ride of heart pounding anticipation, gut-wrenching turmoil and shocking plot twists; which he has delivered yet again in this unputdownable book that sizzles with suspense and had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next.

In Her Shadow is a story about family, loss, a thriller, a who dunnit, and a culturally relevant novel all rolled into one.

Available October 4th.

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‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl (30th anniversary edition) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Can you believe ‘Matilda’ is 30?!  It seems not that long ago I was a young girl myself reading this classic story when it was released (yes, that makes me feel old).   When I saw that a 30th anniversary edition of this book was being released, along with 3 different collectible covers imagining what Matilda would be doing at now drawn by Quentin Blake, I was first of all shocked it was so long since the book’s release and then excited at the idea of what Matilda might be up to as an adult.  I’d like to think if the author was still alive he might have written an updated story telling us what she’s doing with her life.  But as he sadly can’t do that I was thrilled to get the chance to read this book once more and reminisce with this timeless tale.

Review –

Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Random House UK Children’s and Puffin for the chance to read this novel.

Matilda has been one of my favourite books since childhood.  I read it multiple times when I was younger, watched the movie multiple times when it was released and it is always the joint favourite with The BFG when I’m asked my favourite childhood story.

It was great to be reading this deliciously funny book again with an adult perspective.  As soon as I began reading the memories came rushing back, from the wonderful illustrations to sitting laughing at Matilda’s acts of revenge against the adults who have wronged her.  There was also some great moments of nostalgia in rereading this book. Who would have thought back then that the line “We’ve got a lovely telly with a twelve-inch screen” would become so funny and dated?  My kids wouldn’t be happy with a television that size in their bedrooms now, let alone in the front room.

The unique prose of Roald Dahl is as brilliantly funny now as it was 30 years ago.  I enjoyed the chance to reread this classic story and although it may have been written for children, it is a great read for all ages.

Out October 4th

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Book Review – ‘The Impossible Girl’ by Lydia Kang ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Cora Lee is ‘the impossible girl’. She was born on a blustery winter’s night in 1850, the bastard child of a socialite and a nameless immigrant. When she’s found to have two hearts the doctor is sure she won’t survive and even offers money for her body upon death. Immediately her caregivers decide to raise Cora as a boy to protect her from the clutches of those who would wish to harm her and dissect her body for medical research or worse, display it for the public to gawp and gasp at.

20 years later and Cora is now working as a resurrectionist, acquiring bodies for the Anatomists of New York. She specialises in finding the bodies of those with queer and unusual ailments, the things that Anatomists will pay the highest prices for. This speciality also helps her keep her ear to the ground so she would know if anyone were searching for anyone with her particular malady.

When people on her special list start to die unnatural deaths Cora no longer knows who she can trust or where to turn. Whoever the killer is, it is clear they are coming for her too. Can she find the killer and escape there clutches or will she be the next victim and body on display?

I’ve always had a love for the era that this book was set in and a long standing fascination with the history of medicine so this instantly struck me as the kind of book I’d enjoy. I was right; I was enthralled by this book from the opening pages and couldn’t put it down. The author has facts masterfully interlaced with fiction and it was clear that she had taken plenty of time researching the flagitious history of the study of anatomy. There were many times it was easy to forget I was reading a work of fiction

This book is beautifully written and the author was careful to use language appropriate to the time. While this often led to me having to look things up on google it helped the story overall and the only times I really felt confused is when Cora was dressed as her ‘brother’ Jacob but was still referred to as ‘Cora’ and using female pronouns.

This remarkable story had me on the edge of my seat and unable to tear myself away as it reached its climax. Who was the killer? Who had betrayed Cora and was seeking to profit from her demise? Will her secret be revealed to the world or would she escape? I couldn’t wait to find out and read the majority of the book in one sitting as I had to know how it ended.

‘The Impossible Girl’ is an incredible novel that you will not only enjoy reading but it will also teach you a lot about how we came to understand the human body as we do today. A great read for anyone who loves general fiction, historical fiction, crime and mystery.

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Book Review – ‘Cactus’ by Sarah Haywood ⭐⭐⭐.5

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Thank you to NetGalley, John Murray Press and Sarah Haywood for the chance to read this book.

“It’s never too late to bloom….”

People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green – family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that’s all she needs.

Susan Green is a strange character.  She only buys charcoal, grey or black clothes, is often found writing letters or emails of complaint , will bring up ideas for timesaving with her manager so often that she jokes Susan save time by having an allotted time each month to raise these things, she tends to her collection of  cacti with precision each day and never takes holidays. She doesn’t have any friends, has no interest in socialising with her colleagues, has limited and regimented contact with her family and has created a life where she is so independent and isolated in order to avoid being hurt. But there is a problem – Susan is going to be a mother.  This unplanned event in her carefully controlled life leaves her reeling and unsure, not knowing what she will do first about the pregnancy and then when the baby is born.

I loved the opening paragraph and how it gave an immediate sense of Susan’s nature. You see her detachment and how she endeavours to act in a proper way whatever the circumstances when she has a seemingly emotionless response to the news of her mother’s death.  She is in fact upset, but views her ability to conceal her feelings from others is a talent, tears as not of any help and something she certainly doesn’t intend to shed in front of her brother Edward, who she has an intense disliking for.

When she arrives in Birmingham for her mother’s funeral she is shocked and appalled to hear that her mother wrote a will just weeks before her death in which she gives Edward the right to live in the house for as long as he wants so it will only be sold upon him leaving or his death.  Susan is immediately convinced there is foul play involved as there’s no way her mother would do such a thing without force. Intent on proving this she embarks on taking the case to court and gaining her rightful, and needed, inheritance, not realising this will also take her on a journey of self discovery as she strips away the secrets she never knew were hidden from her and finds things she never expected to learn.

I enjoyed this often funny and heartwarming book but did find it slow at times and that both the character and story could be a little too bland.  A lot of the humour for me was in how little self awareness she actually had in some situations and in her complete lack of understanding about children and parenting.  The fact that she is very sure of her child being as sensible and understanding of the right way things should be done as she is, and that anything else can be simply and calmly explained to the child  lead to some wonderfully amusing scenes. It wasn’t easy to warm to Susan, although as she became less of a frosty personality and her impending motherhood made her grow as a person, I took to her more and was rooting for her finding the ending she wanted.  Another thing I liked about this book was that even though it wasn’t written in diary form it was still narrated as if she was talking to the directly to the reader.

Overall this was an amusing, fun and at times emotional debut . It will inevitably be compared to Eleanor Oliphant but is a very different book in a lot of ways.  I would recommend this to any lovers of chick lit and adult fiction .

Out October 4th.

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September Wrap Up

 

Is it just me or does it seem like you blinked and September was over?

I’ve had a fantastic reading month this book and have read 13 books.  I’ve enjoyed reading some really different books this month and have found some treasures I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to read*.  So let’s take a look at them:

  1. ‘Sweetpea’ by C J Skuse  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  – This is not only my favourite book this month but also my favourite this year.  It has also become one of my favourite books ever read!  It is a story about Rhiannon, your average girl next door who also happens to be a serial killer.  It’s a hilarious, grisly, no holds barred book that is so addictive I devoured it.  I’m just sorry I didn’t read it sooner.
  2. ‘Don’t You Cry’ by Cass Green ⭐⭐⭐ .5 – A thriller about a woman who is held hostage in her own home by the young waitress who saved her life earlier that day.  The waitress’s brother also turns up with a baby he’s kidnapped and the longest night of Nina’s life begins.  This book started off exciting but this lulled half way through and I found myself struggling to keep reading.  Thankfully it picked up again and had me on the edge of my seat until the climax.
  3. ‘The Memory Chamber’ by Holly Cave ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – This story is about Isobel, who is the best Heaven Architect there is.  She is renowned for the beautiful personalised heavens she creates for her clients. But when she falls for a client who is later suspected of murder her whole life is turned upside down.  This book was a combination of romance,  mystery, thriller, and sci-fi interlaced together to make an unusual, exciting and brilliant read.
  4. ‘Down to the Woods’ by M. J. Arlidge ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I love M J Arlidge’s Helen Grace books and with book 9 in the series he has yet again delivered an exciting, grisly thriller that you don’t want to put down.
  5. ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I read this for my BookBumClub read for September.  I’d had this classic on my shelf for years but never picked it up.  What a mistake!  This is a haunting, heartbreaking and beautiful book that everyone should read at least once.
  6. ‘In Bloom’ by C J Skuse ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The sequel to ‘Sweetpea’.  I won’t give too much away in case you  haven’t read the first book but I will say that this book didn’t disappoint and was another fantastic read.
  7. ‘The Lucky Ones’ by Mark Edwards ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Another riveting and captivating thriller from this incredible author who has become one of my favourites to read this year.
  8. ‘The Birthday’ by Carol Wyer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – My first Carol Wyer book but not my last.  I loved this well written thriller that tells the story of the discovery of the bodies of young girls and the hunt for a possible serial killer.  It was the first of the new DI Natalie Ward series and I can’t wait for book 2.                       
  9. ‘Perfectly Human’ by Sarah C. Williams ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Out October 1st. This extraordinary book is the true story of the author’s heartbreaking journey after discovering that her longed for third child had lethal skeletal dysplasia and wouldn’t survive birth.  She takes us with her as she deals with the decision to go ahead with the pregnancy despite knowing her baby won’t live.  This incredible book had a powerful and unexpected impact on me as it talked about how we view quality of life in the face of illness and disability.
  10. ‘Still Lives’ by Maria Hummel – I can’t post my review or say much about this book until nearer its November 1st release date.  Sorry.
  11. ‘The Psychology of Time Travel’ by Sarah Mascarenhas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – An incredible, exhilarating, unique and captivating book that really was like nothing I had read before.  It is the story of how four female scientists create time travel and it becomes a part of society’s norm, of Ruby embarking on the discovery of her Granny Bee’s part in this discovery and of Odette, who finds the body of an old lady and embarks on a quest to find out not only her identity but that of her killer. 
  12. ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ by Sejal Badani ⭐⭐⭐⭐ –  This review hasn’t yet been posted but I loved this beautiful story about Jaya, a New York journalist who embarks on a journey of self discovery and attempts to uncover the truth of her mother’s past in their native India. She is feeling lost after suffering three devastating miscarriages and the breakdown of her marriage and thinks this will be her escape, not realising what she will discover and where it will lead…
  13. ‘The Cactus’ by Sarah Haywood ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Out October 4th. My review will be up in the next few days for this funny story of the strange Susan Green and her quest to prove her brother made her late mother give him her house in her will while coming to terms with her own impending motherhood.

Have you read any of these books?  Let me know if you did and what you thought of them in the comments below.

*Thank you to NetGalley, authors and publishers for the chance to read ‘Don’t You Cry’, ‘The Memory Chamber’, ‘Down to the Woods’, ‘In Bloom’, ‘The Birthday’, ‘Perfectly Human’, ‘Still Lives’ and ‘Cactus’.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review – ‘The Birthday’ by Carol Wyer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ OUT TODAY.

IMG_20180919_161555_839Happy Publication Day to Carol Wyer for ‘The Birthday’.  I had the pleasure of reading this book earlier in the month.

MY REVIEW:

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookoture and Carol Wyer for the chance to read an arc of this novel.

“One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party.  She never came home…..”

This gripping thriller begins with a child’s birthday party at a Garden Centre in July 2015.  During the party five-year-old Ava Sawyer disappears and no trace of her is found. The story then picks up almost two years later, in April 2017, when a building crew carrying out renovations on the old Garden Centre unearth a child’s body that is identified as Ava. 

The next day Audrey Briggs, who also attended the birthday party, goes missing and is found murdered. She is wearing a yellow dress similar to the one Ava had on the day she vanished.  Could the two murders be connected? Is someone targeting the little girls that were at the party? Are other children in danger? DI Natalie Ward and her team try to find the answers and whoever is responsible for the girls’ deaths with very few clues and no real leads.  Do they have a child serial killer on their hands? Is more than one person responsible? And can Natalie lead the investigation without the residual guilt from a previous child murder case affecting her judgement and confidence?

The book is narrated mostly in the present day by DI Ward but also has chapters that flashback to the killer’s childhood and a few chapters where we see the story from the various victims perspective.  Both of the latter are skillfully done as we remain in the dark as to the identity of the killer and where they will strike next. While there were a number of characters that piqued my interest as possible culprits, you are taken on so many twists and turns that even though I had a feeling about a particular character from part way through the book, I found myself doubting the accuracy of it as I’d been duped masterfully about my original suspicion early on.  I love when a writer is so skilled that you can’t be sure who the perpetrator is and you’re as unsure as the police hunting them.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I was right to think it would be right up my street as I love crime fiction. It is an edge of your seat thriller that engrosses you from the first pages and you won’t want to put down.  It is well written with great characters that you easily affiliate with and can feel the tension, stress and urgency of Natalie and her team as they desperately search for the killer. I can see the seeds being planted in the story for this book to be the start of a series and it is certainly one I will be reading

After the book concludes there is a letter from the author telling of her experience of her son going missing and being found safe quickly when he was just 3 and how it helped inspire the book.  I won’t spoil the tale for you but it did remind me of when my own son was the same age and he disappeared at a friend’s birthday party at a play centre. I’d been there the whole time, but when it was time to leave he was nowhere to be found. Myself, other parents and staff members frantically searched the building and rooms for what were the longest few minutes of my life, only for him to be found by another child hiding in the ball pool under all the balls because he didn’t want to go home!  While I smile at that memory now, I will never forget those moments of all consuming terror when I thought he was lost and am thankful we were lucky that day.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves crime fiction, mysteries or thrillers.

Out today.

 

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Book Review – ‘The Psychology of Time Travel’ by Kate Mascarenhas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Four female scientists invent a time travel machine.  They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities.  But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril…

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Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past.  Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of it. Then they receive a message from the future – a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady…

2018

When Odette discovered the body she went into shock.  Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, that strong reek of sulphur.  But when the inquest fails to find any answers she is frustrated.  Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up  her murder?

When I picked up this book I was feeling burned out on reading crime thrillers.  I needed to read something different and was looking for a book without a murder or crime to solve.  Then I came across this story. It had been on my wish list for a while and although it was a murder mystery it seemed to have the elements to also feel distinct.  I made the right choice; this book was refreshing and so gripping that I didn’t want to put it down.

Science has never been an interest or a strong point of mine, and while the science in the story is clearly well researched it also didn’t feel written in a way that was too academic or alienating of those with no real knowledge of the things mentioned. You accept that this happened and that it is now the norm for some people to live a life travelling different timelines. I like books told by multiple narrators so the various narrators and timelines didn’t take a lot of getting used to for me.  I liked how we gradually heard the story of the pioneers and how time travel became commonplace while also trying to solve who they mystery murdered woman was.

Unlike in most time travel stories, there is no apprehension about seeing, meeting or interacting with your past or future self or those who know you.  In fact it is accepted that you will visit those you love and that you will see and sometimes spend time with yourself in another timeline. It is usual for there to be many versions of a time traveller in one moment as they revisit the momentous events of their life again and again. Their “silver selves” (an older version of them) will also often give advice to their younger selves.  I liked this aspect and it added an interesting element and made me think what things I would tell my younger self and which events from my life I’d choose to revisit if I had the chance.

The time travel headquarters, The Conclave, exists like it’s own country.  It has a currency, laws, detectives, conducts its own criminal investigations and delivers its own form of justice. It is run by the autocratic  Margaret Norton, who will do anything to protect The Conclave and time travel. Every decision she makes is based on the idea “what might it cost the conclave?“.  She seems obsessed with public opinion following Barbara’s manic episode at their first press conference and uses the humiliation she felt as a justification for every ruthless decision.

In Odette’s timeline, she is consumed by discovering the identity of both the body she found and the person who killed her. The courts seem uninterested in answers and a journalist seems scared, so she uses an increasingly dangerous plan in order to get a resolution.  I had my suspicions about the identity of the woman in the basement and did work out who she was before it was before the reveal, but it was written well and there were multiple contenders so you do spend a lot of the book trying to put the puzzle together. The author weaves the pieces together like a tapestry of clues and I for one didn’t expect the final picture to look quite as it did; the description of the murder and the revelation of the culprit made me sit back in shock. Kind of like the victim themselves..  

The Psychology of Time Travel is an incredible, exhilarating, unique and captivating book that will stay with you long after you read it.  I’m excited to see what this author writes next!

Out Now.