Wrong Place, Wrong Time. A book review.


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Regular readers of this blog surrogate may recall that time travel and its associated paradoxes are one of my favourite elements of SciFi literature.

Tempted by the high ratings, and somewhat by accident, I recently picked up a novel titled as in the title, which is 'Wrong Place, Wrong Time' by Gillian McAllister.

It begins innocently. A happy American family, a wife, a husband, both in their early forties, a well-rounded son who is just celebrating his eighteenth birthday.

Jen (wife) is waiting for her son to return home from a late-night party. At around one o'clock in the morning, the son (Todd) shows up outside the house, but before he can reach the door, a shadowy figure passes him. Todd unexpectedly pulls a knife, catches up with the guy and stabs him lethally. In a moment, the ambulance and police arrive; Jen tries to give the victim some first aid, but it is clearly too late. Kelly (the husband) rushes out of the house, completely surprised by the whole situation. Eventually the police cuff Todd and take him to the station. Jen is a lawyer and they drive with her husband to see their son, but the police tell them they won't be able to see him until the morning. Jen calls a solicitor friend (she herself specialises in family law, not criminal law), asks him to come and see Todd first thing in the morning then they go home with her husband and after a long cry they finally fall asleep.

Jen wakes up...

It's yesterday! Todd doesn't murder a mysterious stranger until the next day.

What I've written above is more or less the content of the first chapter - I won't reveal more, because I don't want to spoil the fun for those of you who might be reaching for the book.

But I will say this much: if you enjoyed 'Groundhog Day', if you liked 'Recursion' by Blake Crouch then there is a good chance that you will love reading this book as well.

In my opinion, the beginning and the end deserve a rating of 10/10, and the middle around 8/10. It is at times a bit boring, but only occasionally. And just when we think we already get everything, it suddenly turns out that we don't at all. And again. And again.


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