TITLE: The Psychology of Time Travel

AUTHOR: Kate Mascarenhas

SERIES? Standalone

GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Science Fiction, Young Adult

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Death, Violence, Sex

TAGS: Mystery, Time Travel, Sci-Fi, F/F Relationships, M/M Relationships, Feminist

PUBLICATION DATE: August 9th 2018

ACQUIRED: E-arc via Netgalley (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

SYNOPSIS: 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 a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of 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. Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, flesh. But when the inquest fails to answer any of her questions, Odette is frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?

Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers Australia for supplying the e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Psychology of Time Travel is a really interesting and in-depth look at time travel. The book goes really in-depth into the background behind actual time travel and what happens to the travellers. It also goes really deep into the rules of time travel which I really enjoyed, but beside all of those intricacies, the book was pretty mediocre.

For me, this book had great potential and an amazing concept behind it, but it didn’t really work for me. I think this book is going to be amazing and a five star read for so many other people, but for me, the actual psychology aspect of the book was really interesting but the characters and the actual plot was beyond boring to me.

Even though I doubt I’ll ever go near this book again I don’t want to dissuade anyone from reading this because I do think that it’s really interesting and will be someone’s next five star read!

There’s a mystery, an in-depth new view on time travel and a fantastic cast of female characters. Something I also really enjoyed about this story is that it’s a group of women who discover how to travel in time which I really loved. It’s so often that stories like this are completely ignored or just straight up given to men, so having it not even be a question in this world, that women could be capable of such an amazing discovery was really heartwarming.



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