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- Publisher: Interlude Press (19 May 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EXGAPME
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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In other words, this title perfectly captures the quite successful intellectual juggling act of the novel—it tosses all those balls in the air and manages to keep them flying, and beautifully-so.
Miles Lawson is caught between: either he can time-travel, or he’s mentally ill; he unpredictably shuttles between his struggle in the current moment (in which he’s committed to a shady mental health facility) and the past (in which he and his then-love Adam struggle); he is still in love with Adam while being married to Ana; he both loves his wife and doesn’t trust her. There’s more, but I don’t want to give too much away—suffice it to say, Miles Lawson is fraught.
When I read this novel, at several points, I actually said out loud, “yeah, but what’s real?” I think that’s very much the point, for me—the reader is strung as precariously as is Miles himself (and as, probably, all the characters are). There are no truly evil characters here (not even the seemingly-evil Dr. Brannigan—it’s possible to understand him as a moustache-twirler, but also possible to humanize your view of him in this novel, see him as a character with dire motivations, too).
What I loved here was having to relinquish myself entirely to the novel, not to be sure at any moment in the plot, never to fully understand what the novel “was” until it was over. Giving over control of oneself, especially one’s mind, like that is rather scary, even in this small way.
Oh, hey, look at that! Did you catch it? The novel doesn’t just tell the story of Miles’ difficulty, nor vividly show me that circumstance; it puts the reader herself into a similar difficulty, lets her really feel it. Neither showing, nor telling, but being is its mode.
It strikes me now, as I write, that this novel is about—in so many ways—empathy (I distinguish this deliberately from sympathy, a form of pity). To fully empathize, I have to feel the feelings of and understand the experience of both myself and another person at once (to sympathize, I need never truly feel the other person’s world, and need never truly relinquish my own ideas).
But all this intellectualizing is how I, generally, enjoy books. I recognize that this isn’t everyone’s cup of chamomile (see? I’m being empathetic). For those of you impatient with such a view, I can also say: In the Present Tense is a hand-wringing, exciting novel you’ll love to read for both the thrill and the romance it offers.
In the Present Tense is an exciting time travel adventure and great romance. This is my first book by Carrie Pack, but I plan to read more!
The three main characters in this story are well developed with rich histories that span many years. It really helps bring them to life. The time travel aspect is crazy and topsy-turvy, as anyone should expect if they're fans of time travel books. I can see how some readers might find this kind of thing confusing, but I love it. The pacing is perfect, and the story is very engaging.
There are a few questions left unanswered, and that's my only complaint about this book. I am really hoping there will be a sequel to tie up the loose ends, but I haven't seen one mentioned anywhere. This is a romantic story but is not sexually explicit. I don't recommend it to someone looking for a highly erotic romance.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a strong time-travel sci-fi story with romantic drama.
*I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
Miles is a time traveler. Or is he? Could he have a form of dissociative identity that takes the form of assuming his own personality at different ages and in different times instead of becoming a completely different person? Miles has inherited some money that enables him to be able to afford treatment as well as investigation into this type of disorder. Ana supports both of them but is becoming increasingly worried about Miles. Then Miles decides to track down Adam, who is now engaged to Anthony and a whole can of worms is opened. Questions without answers. Ana finally decides the time has come to institutionalize Miles and he agrees.
So, that’s the first half of the book, sort of a common exploration of the mind of a man with a vivid mental illness. It even has a rather slow pace as Miles tries to find himself in the right body, time, and place. That all comes to a screeching halt in the second half of the book. In the Longleaf treatment center Miles encounters Bethany, another patient; Dr. Branagan, his psychiatrist; Kathy, a nurse; John, another patient who may hold the key to Miles’s past and future; and others. Then he discovers to his horror that although he voluntarily entered the facility he cannot simply sign himself out. He is a prisoner of sorts. And worst of all, there seems to be no one Miles can trust
There are so many secondary characters in this story and he wants, no, he needs, to be able to turn to someone for help, but are they helping him or betraying him? This is quite the twisting and turning plotline. This story has tremendous depth. The timeline goes backward and forward, the characters may or may not be helping Miles, and the plot drifts unexpectedly at every turn. Ms. Pack is a gifted story teller who uses characters, plot, location, and time to lay out the narrative. Definitely not a linear plotline, this book is nevertheless exciting to follow. I’ve had to be somewhat vague in this review to avoid giving away plot points that would spoil the story for another reader.
In the Present Tense is one of the most unique books I’ve read in a long time and completely entranced me. The ending is more HFN than HEA but I am hoping for more stories about Miles, Adam, Ana, Bethany, and the other secondary but critical characters. What a thrilling story! I recommend this sci-fi mystery as one not to miss.
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