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Thursday, 2 August 2018

#ThePsychologyofTimeTravel @KateMascarenhas

About The Psychology of Time Travel

: 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...

: 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...

: When Odette discovered the body she went into shock. Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, that strong reek of sulpher. 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?

My review of The Psychology of Time Travel

Every so often I'll pick up a book, and within the first few pages I'll just know that what I am reading is something very special. The Psychology of Time Travel is such a book. I can't express in words just how much I loved this book, its characters, its themes of strong and independent women and its tackling of the sensitive mental health issue lying at its very core. This is such a special book.

The Psychology of Time Travel is a book that has everything. It is a time travel story, a love story, a story about mothers and daughters, and granddaughters and friends. It's a story about the past and the future, and that in the end, not much is different. It's a story about how we, as a human race, survive on this small planet. It's a wonderful story.

At the very heart of of this book is the tale of four women who invented time travel. Together, they changed the future of the world. But the real question is, was this really for the better? Is the world a better place because we are able to time travel? This is the question I kept asking myself while reading this book. Sometimes, the answer was yes, at other times it was no. I could see both the positives and negatives.

I loved this book because it focussed on women and the strength of women. On the whole it was about how women support and nurture each other. But, I also liked the storyline that focused upon how women can crave power, at the expense of their female friends.

The story also heavily focused upon mental health issues, as Bee, one of the four women, has a breakdown just before the launch of their new invention. We follow this storyline right through the book, and I felt that this  was dealt with honestly and sensitively. I loved Bee.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I don't want to give anything away. I'll just finish by saying that it is a truly  remarkable  book with an addictive plot, fascinating characters and heaps of time travel. Just perfect for that summer holiday.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

The Psychology of Time Travel is published by Head of Zeus on 9 August.

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