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The best time travel mystery I have read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
It’s hard to imagine loving a book that’s not in my “preferred genre” as much as I can honestly say I loved this one!!
Honestly though, there has not yet been a book that Kelley Armstrong has written that I have not loved, Ive just never fallen IN love with the characters quite so much.
This story is a Time Slip novel. The main character, Bronwyn, grows up spending her summers at her aunt and uncle’s manor house. A place where she finds herself a wonderful playmate named William, who is also from 200 years in the past. We read snippets of Bronwyn growing up with her friend, visiting at three, then five, and again at fifteen and it’s so endearing. This house has everything, including secret passageways reminiscent of Nancy Drew novels I grew up with!
Unfortunately, as with most mystery novels, something happens in her fifteenth year that causes Bronwyn to not return to the manor until her aunt dies and bequeaths it to her. Her first steps into the manor are awkward, filled with memories both fond and not, but when the sun goes down the ghosts come out to play. Locking herself in her childhood bedroom to escape a ghost Bronwyn finds herself back in time 200 years again...and not entirely welcome.
Most of the book centers around William and Bronwyn learning about the 20+ years they’ve been away from each other. They speak of the future and all the obstacles facing them by living in two separate time periods, and also of the VERY real threat of resentment if either should have to choose a time not their own, and they both agree neither should give up their life for the other. Yet each time Bronwyn returns to her time she is plagued with ghosts and the only way to rid herself of them is to solve the mystery of their deaths...all of them.
Will solving the deaths lead her back to William’s arms or close the slip and separate them completely forever? Time can only tell