The Psychology of Time Travel
By Kate Mascarenhas
Published February 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.
Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike
I fully admit that until this book, I’ve not read a book that ventures into the world of time travel. But wow, this book was so good!
The four pioneers, Barbara, Margaret, Lucille and Grace, have created a time machine, thus altering the course of life as they know it. Barbara soon after has a breakdown in public and is exiled from the team.
Fifty years later, there’s a mysterious dead woman. And there’s a ton of speculation as to who it could be, and how she died.
The story follows a variety of characters and a variety of time periods. I had no problems keeping track of who I was reading about or what time period I was in. And I loved that we went back and forth between various times and characters.
I also loved that I could not figure out who the dead woman was for a large part of the story. Every time I thought I knew who it was, the story gave another tidbit away and I realized I could be wrong.
And once we know who she is, then the list of people responsible kept me guessing as well.I thought it was such a brilliantly written book, it kept me on my toes trying to solve the mystery.
And along with the looming mysterious death, I spent time wrapping my brain around the possibility of time travel. The way Kate Mascarenhas created time travel as its own government and entity doesn’t feel far off at all from how it would be in reality. I really cannot imagine a world with multiple of me running around in different time periods haha.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this read!