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Review: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

The Psychology of Time Travel is a story driven plot, following four brilliant pioneers, and the decisions that we make for love and ambition.


In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?


(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Psychology of Time Travel is almost part science fiction, part murder mystery. It is intensely story driven and I think my main complaint would be that we don’t get a deep enough picture of each of the characters. But besides that, I found myself immersed in the plot line, trying to figure out what happened, and how each of these women’s decisions are influence by love and ambition.

While it does revolve around a group of pioneer scientists, the bulk of the story revolves around Granny Bee, one of the pioneers that is pushed out of their group, her grand daughter, and a witness to the discovery of a body. We get to know these women the most and there’s a ton of diversity with a bisexual, lesbian, and black character as well within the story. All three of these characters uncover various parts of not only the murder mystery element, but also the invention of time travel.

I enjoyed how Mascarenhas juxtaposes all these different time periods, and perspectives, that are almost happening simultaneously, unfolding all at once. And all these characters, including a whole host of side stories and characters, weave together to form a complete image of both time travel, and this murder. So if you really enjoy murder mysteries, and are also interested in both time travel and diverse women, then I would recommend The Psychology of Time Travel.

Find The Psychology of Time Travel on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


If you could time travel, would you try to restore extinct species, investigate crimes, or infiltrate organizations?

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