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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray by O.R. Simmonds
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Time Travel
The 1980s, London. A senseless murder, a bizarre disappearance, and a mystery decades in the making.
William Wells, a gifted but risk-averse US college dropout living an unadventurous life in London, stumbles upon a mysterious Timepiece with the ability to alter time. When the Timepiece’s previous owner is brutally murdered by unknown assailants, Will flees, only to see his girlfriend, Abigayle, vanish before his eyes when she comes into contact with this remarkable watch.
He now finds himself alone in an unfamiliar city, wanted for a murder he didn’t commit and the prime suspect in a woman’s disappearance. Whether he knows it or not, Will does have one advantage – control over the most powerful force in the universe: time. The only problem is that he has no idea how to wield it. Those that do, members of a secretive and long-forgotten organization, are also on his trail and there are no lines they won't cross to recover the Timepiece.
Published by Appellation Press on July 30, 2021
Format: ARC, eBook
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The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray by O.R. Simmonds was a fun read, but it didn’t capture my attention until the very end.
First, there’s a lot to enjoy about this book. The characters were engaging (Frenz was my favorite). Also, the overall world-building was fascinating. Being a book about time travel, we cover quite a few areas from various time periods.
The beginning was the strongest part for me, aside from it wrapping up in the end. I enjoyed the mystery of murder and the disappearance of some characters. But once the time-traveling actually started, I began to get confused. A lot happens, and I’ll need to read through this book again to understand better what went on.
If there’s a sequel to this book, I may pick it up to give this world and the characters another shot. Overall, it was well-written, but the amount of information was too much for me.
Rating: 3/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.