Tuesday 8 November 2022

Book ~ "Wrong Place Wrong Time" (2022) Gillian McAllister

From Goodreads ~ Can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?

Late October. After midnight. You’re waiting up for your seventeen-year-old son. He’s late. As you watch from the window, he emerges and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man and he’s armed.

You can’t believe it when you see him do it:  your funny happy teenage son, he kills a stranger, right there on the street outside your house. You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your son is now in custody. His future shattered.

That night you fall asleep in despair. All is lost. Until you wake ... and it is yesterday.

And then you wake again ... and it is the day before yesterday.

Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. With another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lies an answer. The trigger for this crime - and you don’t have a choice but to find it.

One night Jen is waiting up for her son, Todd, to get home. She sees him coming up the street, approach a stranger and stab him. Shocked she runs out to find the man dead. An ambulance is called, the police arrive and Todd is arrested and taken to the police station. Jen and her husband, Kelly, rush there demanding to see Todd but are told to come back the next day.

When Jen wakes up the next day, she is surprised to find Todd home and he and Kelly are acting like nothing happened ... because nothing did. Jen discovers that it's actually the day before the night of the stabbing so the stabbing hasn't happened yet. Needless to say, she is very confused. When she wakes up the next day, it's a couple days before the night of the stabbing. This continues to happen only it's not just days she goes back in time but it could be weeks, months and eventually even years. She realizes there's a reason she goes back to specific days ... there is important information that is revealed on this day which could explain why Todd stabbed the stranger.

I like reading time travel stories and this sounded like an interesting one ... and it was. I really had to pay attention to what was going on because there was a reason she landing on specific days ... what did it mean but it all came together at the end. It's written in third person perspective in Jen's voice. I thought the writing could have been tighter as I found it dragged at times. The last chapters heading to the conclusion moved at a better pace and I was okay with the ending. As a head's up, there is swearing.

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