Readers will empathize with Agnes’s fierce determination to save her beloved mother’s life. While still processing her shock, Agnes makes the bold choice to put to use the experimental research she’s pioneered and head back to the past to avert present and future heartbreak, hoping to save Claudia—even if in doing so Agnes risks her very own existence. The results aren’t what she expects: instead of fixing the past, she creates parallel lives with different versions of herself, albeit with different fathers and life experiences. She realizes that some things are fated—such as her birth, and Claudia’s death—no matter how hard you try to change them.
Dubrow delivers a courageous protagonist in Agnes, and despite sections of the narrative that feel exposition heavy, readers will empathize with Agnes’s fierce determination to save her beloved mother’s life regardless of the potential side effects. Dubrow’s skills as a screenwriter shine through the perfectly-paced novel, leaving readers on the edges of their seats as they experience Agnes’s alternate realities. Anyonewho’s ever wished for a do-over in life will devour this appealing, twisty, empathetic story.
Takeaway: Captivating time travel story with its hard-won wisdom and familial love.
Comparable Titles: Sarah Lariviere’s Time Travel for Love and Profit, Julie Cross’s Tempest.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-