Publisher: Head of Zeus
Genre: Science Fiction
1967: 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…
2017: Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was the pioneer that went mad, but they never talk about it. Then they receive a message from the future – a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady…
2018: When Odette discovered the body she went into shock. But when the inquest fails to answer any of her questions, Odette is left frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?
I can’t believe August is being this good! I’ve read three wonderful books in a row and each one was completely unique in its one way. But no story has been more original than Kate Mascharenhas’ The Psychology of Time Travel. If you love time travel, stories focused on women, and diversity, believe me: this book is perfect for you.
I love a good time travel story, so the moment I read the blurb, I was immediately interested. And a time travel story focused on women? Three women invented time travel? It couldn’t get better than that. Plus, the early reviews were great, so I was sure this wouldn’t disappoint me. Turns out I was right. This book was such a delight!
At first, I admit I was more than a bit confused. So many points of view! So yes, during the first few chapters, I struggled. But I kept reading because there was something about this book that made it compulsively readable. Without barely realizing it, I checked the % and I discovered I had read more than 60% of the story. And. I. Couldn’t. Stop.
Although the time travel bits were incredible, my favorite aspect of this novel was the beauty of its characters. I loved Ruby, Bee, and Odette so much! Grace was wonderful as well. And I liked how everyone seemed to have an important part in how the events unfolded. I enjoyed discovering every small secret as I kept on reading. It was a wonderful experience.
I wish we could all read more books like this one. We need stories like this which are diverse, feminist and tackle important issues without feeling preachy. Novels that are smart and original… and above all, incredibly satisfying.
Kate Mascarenhas is a half-Irish, half-Seychellois midlander. She is a qualified child psychologist, dabbling in doll-making and bookbinding in her free time. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house, which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. This is her first novel.