What to Read in 2022

Time travel here I come!

Reese’s Book Club picked an amazing book this month. Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister is a crime story told in reverse. For me, being a parent of teenagers made the book even more suspenseful. No parent wants to see a child in trouble and mothers especially will do whatever it takes to help our children. I may even reread this book!

Description from Kobo.com 

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 past curfew. 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 . . .

My take:

This is the first time I’ve read a book that goes back in time. Yes, I grew up watching Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future trilogy (I just learned there is a musical, in case you were wondering!), but I’ve not read a book structured this way before. The change in perspective was interesting! The strong female protagonist, Jen, amazed me as she searched relentlessly for what caused her son Todd to murder a man. The reason for the crime blew me away. I didn’t see it coming, which made it exciting to read.  

McAllister has several other books that look compelling. She is an author I’ll continue to watch.  

Coincidence of the month: 

A few days before I read Wrong Place Wrong Time, I listened to 11/22/63 by Stephen King on audiobook. I’m not usually a King fan (I value my sleep and he gives me nightmares), but I gave it a shot. The time travel aspect combined with the butterfly effect concept made it worth my while!

There are some differences between the two stories.

King’s protagonist found a portal to the past and can come and go as he wishes whereas the protagonist in McAllister’s book wakes up each day in the past. The manner in which each author handles changes made in the past was different and eye-opening. Since time travel isn’t a thing (I think), there’s no way to tell what the actual effect of making changes would be to the future, but both McAllister and King raised some great questions. It was serendipitous that I read these books back-to-back. 

King’s audiobook is 17 hours so if you have a long trip, it definitely fills the time. I ended up listening to it in spurts, which I think takes away from the intensity of the story. Either way, it was worth the time. 

Up next month is On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. 

If there is a book you think I should read, drop me an email at carole@carolewolfe.com. 

Until next time…