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The Psychology of Time Travel


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A time travel murder mystery from a brilliantly original new voice.

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Kate Mascarenhas is a part-Irish, part-Seychellois midlander. Since 2017, Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Before that she worked as a copywriter, a dolls' house maker, and a bookbinder. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. This is her first novel.


'Witty, inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas's future promises to be an exciting one' * Guardian *
'The narrative moves back and forth through time with its almost all-female cast meeting their future and past selves in an intriguing, multi-layered mystery that is ingeniously plotted' * Daily Mail *
'A smart, twisty murder mystery ... Troubling and inspiring, comforting and horrifying, this is crammed with the kind of ideas that will ruin other time travel stories for you forever' * SciFiNow *
'This is a novel packed with ideas ... It'll leave you turning over the concepts in your mind long after the story is finished' * SFX *
'An astonishing debut, simultaneously a science fiction novel, historical drama, locked-room murder mystery and magnificent meditation on how human beings experience and adapt to mortality ... Breathtakingly tender and wryly understated, [it] feels like an antidote to a great deal of reported (and even fictionalized) history, its excised women now finding their way back into the spotlight' * New York Times *
'The most imaginative thriller I've read in ages: captivating, delightful, and thoroughly original ... An all-around wonderful novel' -- Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters
'A thought-provoking time travel murder-mystery that will have you guessing to the last' * Candis *
'A hugely entertaining and satisfying read, wrapping your head around the science and psychology innovations is only half the job. The heart of the matter is how, and when, we let friendship and fate collide' -- Tuam Herald
'Mascarenhas has thought through all the mechanics of time travel in dazzling detail, and the question of how sidestepping chronology might transform a person is every bit as absorbing as the central mystery [...] of this ambitious, brain-bending story' * In the Moment magazine. *
'A bold and marvellous read. It gives you an appreciation for all things mortal and unknowing and brief' * Max Dunbar Blog. *
'A superb novel ... Contriving plot, motive, and opportunity, when time travel and multiple selves are in play, must be head-scratching indeed ... Flawless' * Geek Dad *
'It offers a diverse cast of characters dealing with thought-provoking issues: bullying, sexuality, love, loss, death, mental health issues, aging and the choices we make' * Crime Review *
'[A] unique twist on the typical murder mystery' * Woman *
'Rather than empowering characters to change their past or future, time travel in the hands of Mascarenhas has the opposite effect - it can only help them understand how things have come to be' * Straight Times, Singapore *
'This acclaimed debut starts with four women inventing time travel in the 1960s and quickly becomes a page-turning temporal safari. Part murder mystery, part extrapolation of a world in which time travel has become a commercial reality, it is written with an acute sense of psychological nuance' * Guardian *
'Kate Mascarenhas manages to construct an astonishing world of time travel and all its lore, rules and limits (a complicated thing to do) and she defies what's been done before ... Captivating, original and above all, convincing ... Utterly compelling' * The Publishing Planet *

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