The Psychology of Time Travel: A time-travelling murder mystery, the perfect holiday read

September 2, 2019 - Comment

‘An astonishing debut … Breathtakingly tender and wryly understated’ NEW YORK TIMES. ‘Genre-defying … Witty and inventive’ GUARDIAN. 1967. Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril… 2017. Ruby knows her Granny Bee was the scientist who went mad, but

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‘An astonishing debut … Breathtakingly tender and wryly understated’ NEW YORK TIMES.

‘Genre-defying … Witty and inventive’ GUARDIAN.

1967.
Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril…

2017.
Ruby knows her Granny Bee was the scientist who went mad, but they never talk about it. Until they receive a message from the future, warning of an elderly woman’s violent death…

2018.
Odette found the dead women at work – shot in the head, door bolted from the inside. Now she can’t get her out of her mind. Who was she? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?

‘A page-turning temporal safari. Part murder mystery, part extrapolation of a world in which time travel has become a commercial reality, it is written with an acute sense of psychological nuance’ GUARDIAN.

‘Intriguing and multi-layered’ DAILY MAIL.

‘Captivating, delightful and thoroughly original’ JENNIE MELAMED.

‘Troubling and inspiring, comforting and horrifying’ SCIFINOW.

Comments

Anonymous says:

School magazine story with no characterisation, minimal plot, but some nice ideas. I read this book for a book club…which is the only reason I finished it. Difficult to understand why it gets good ratings. There are one or two nice ideas about time travel – not all original – meeting up with yourself, others etc. But the “diverse characters” mentioned in other reviews are all similar. They speak the same way, seem to think the same way – and with the book jumping about in time, it’s often difficult to remember exactly which character we are following at the moment. Pretty…

Anonymous says:

Excellent Debut Novel I was sent a sample of this book by the publishers, which I read and was captivated, so I purchased the full version.As a fellow time traveller, the title and concept fascinated me.H G Wells has a lot to answer for by inventing the concept of a machine that can transport a human body forwards and backwards through time, allowing the traveller to interact with different ages. This concept is obviously nonsense, as, pointed out in Kate’s book, it’s entirely feasible to…

Anonymous says:

Boring and confused. Oh dear. Hugely overrated book that starts well, but after 14% I was just so bored I couldn’t read anymore. It’s as if the author couldn’t decide on a sci fi thriller, murder mystery or family drama. The result is none of the above, and it all seems a bit of a mess.

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