What if you had the chance to save someone you lost? Isolated in the aftermath of tragedy, Erin Fullarton has felt barely alive since the loss of her young daughter, Korrie. She tries to mark the milestones her therapist suggests - like this day: the five hundredth - but moving through grief is like swimming against a dark current. Her estranged husband, Zac, a brilliant astrophysicist, seems to be coping better. Lost in his work, he's perfecting his model of a stunning cosmological phenomenon, one he predicts will occur on this same day - an event so rare, it keeps him from being able to acknowledge this milestone alongside Erin. But when Erin receives a phone call from her daughter's school, the same call she received five hundred days earlier when Korrie was still alive, Erin realises something is happening. Or happening again. Struggling to understand the sudden shifts in time, she pieces together that the phenomenon Zac is tracking may have presented her with the gift of a lifetime: the chance to save her daughter. As Erin is swept through time, she's unable to reach Zac or convince the authorities of what is happening. Forced to find the answer on her own, Erin must battle to keep the past from repeating - or risk losing her daughter for good.
I'm fairly certain that everybody makes mistakes throughout their lifetime. That no matter what your social standing is, be you rich or poor, or what your sexual orientation is, age or the colour of your skin, you are bound to make a mistake or three. I know I have, it's one of the many parts of our human make-up. Some mistakes are small and have no repercussions whilst others have far reaching consequences that affect not just the person who made the mistake but also others. Some mistakes can have lasting effects on someone's mental health resulting in feelings of guilt, remorse, regret and self blame. I'm sure many people have had moments when they have wished that they could go back in time and rectify some of their mistakes, I know I have but if I was given the opportunity to do so, I don't think I would want too. I have watched enough Sci-fi on television to know that messing around with the past can have a detrimental effect on the future and that playing around with the space/time continuum is not a very good idea.
The chapters of this gripping story mainly alternate between Erin and Zac and are set in three time frames 2020,2021 and 2022. Erin and Zac's marriage fell apart after their six year old daughter Korrie was abducted from school and murdered. Five hundred days later, Erin has sunk into a deep depression and can't shake off her feelings of guilt and regret, the if only that keep running around her brain. Whilst Zac has thrown all his time nd energy into his latest ground breaking experiment. Then Erin suddenly receives a startling phone call from Korrie's school, the season's begin alternating between summer and winter and Erin gradually begins to wonder that by some miracle she has the opportunity to change time and rescue her beloved daughter before she is murdered. Erin's chapters were intense, gripping, had some heroine in danger moments and were my favourite parts of the story. Erin was a intelligent, feisty mumma bear who was determined to do everything in her power to get the opportunity to hold her daughter in her arms again.
I will be honest and admit that I struggled with all the science informatio during Zac's chapters. The information about black and white holes was fascinating and informative but it was all a bit out of my poor brains league at times. I did enjoy the banter between Zac and his work colleagues Mark and Jon but I most definitely didn't like their boss walter. Interspersed throughout the story was chapters that were voiced from the perspectives of Tom Drake who was one of the officers who investigated Korrie's abduction and also from the killer himself. The killer was a very unlikable individual and some of his thoughts were shockingly realistic and made uncomfortable reading at times.
This is a cleverly written, unique blend of thriller, science and sci-fi that had two different endings, a this is what did and could have happened scenario.The cast of characters were a mixed bag of diverse, realistic individuals and some of the settings were beautifully and vividly described. I did enjoy reading this slick, intelligent debut and would happily read more of this author's books in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winner Catherine Wallace Hope grew up in Colorado, the setting for her thriller Once Again. She earned her degree in creative writing at the University of Colorado. She also delved into dance in New York and art and psychology in California. When she returned to Colorado, she became an instructor at the renowned Lighthouse Writers Workshop, offering creativity workshops for writers. Currently, she and her family are living on an island in the Pacific Northwest where they serve at the pleasure of two astonishingly spoiled dogs.
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PUBLICATION DATE: 8th October 2020
ISBN-10 : 164385481X
ISBN-13 : 978-1643854816
Product Dimensions : 14.35 x 2.44 x 21.59 cm
Publisher : Crooked Lane Books (8 Oct. 2020)