Arc Review: A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

Title: A Rip Through Time
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction / Time Travel / Mystery
Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Rating: ⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.

May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Mitchell had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.

When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.” (Goodreads)

I haven’t read anything by this author before so I can’t compare it to her other works. What had me intrigued about this one was solely based on the blurb. Time travel is always a unique concept and it’s fun to see how an author will choose to wield it in their plot. Although I found some things to like in this novel, a lot of it was bogged down by the things that I didn’t. It was at least a quick read!

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Mallory. She is a detective in Canada but is presently in Edinburgh to be closer to her grandmother who is dying. I thought that it was an interesting choice to start the story off this way, especially if she is not to be around. This is one thing that I didn’t like because Mallory is very much grieving the inevitable and wants to make it back to present time but kind of forgets all about it in a way by the end of the book.

I guess that also brings me to my next point. Nothing is ever elaborated on when it comes to the time travel aspect, not even by the end of the book. The ones that she also tells about it seem to just believe her without questioning it. I mean if the person she is inhabiting at the time was a thief and a liar before, how is it not seen as a far fetched lie? I understand that time travel is unbelievable and maybe I am expecting too much from other things feeling more realistic. I also wasn’t a fan of the whole “trying” to fit into the era Mallory finds herself in. It was very cringe.

The blurb mentioned romance and I can see where it might go but nothing ever happened in this book.

Overall, it was okay. I did like the mystery even if it wasn’t very thrilling. It still kept me a bit engaged. I don’t think that I will be continuing on with this one as it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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