Fiction 2022 | 451 pages
A small group of scientists creates a company called Absalom and invents a machine that can send people into the past ... way into the past, like the Triassic Period, 200 million years ago. They were attempting to build a machine that would transport an object instantaneously to a different location. (Watch out, FedEx!) Unsure of the market for transporting people, they discovered countries and governments found the technology useful for coping with hardened criminals … getting them out of this place and time, but not actually killing them.
And then, one of the Absalom scientists, Nora, is murdered. Her business (and love) partner, Sam, and his daughter Adeline are prime suspects. Sam quickly realizes he needs to confess to the murder, which he didn’t do, to remove suspicion from his daughter (who is also innocent!) His colleagues send Sam back to the Triassic Period, as he is now officially a “murderer.” Meanwhile, the scientific team improve and adapt the machine, making greater and more significant innovations, until they agree with Adeline’s intention to travel back to 2008, the year of her birth, and relive the past up to and through the time Nora is killed ... to find the murderer. One the murderer is found, the advance time-travel machine can bring her father back, and life will continue on its journey!
The time travel is fun (though sometimes a bit confusing). The character development of many characters … Sam, Adeline, Nora, Daniele, Constance, Elliott, Hiro … is astounding. It takes great talent to develop clearly this many characters and A.G. Riddle is up to the task! Eventually, many threads come together in the end of the novel, and confusing pieces make sense. There is such a sense of compassion in this novel ... FROM some characters (Constance, e.g.) and FOR others (Hiro, e.g.) This is a fun read! I think I will try another A.G. Riddle. He has written ten other novels.