4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good plot idea, but just didn't work for me,
This review is from: The Map of Time (Paperback)
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As others have mentioned, this is a very difficult book to review without giving away spoilers. The basic idea is can Andrew, a character who loses the woman he loves to Jack The Ripper, alter the course of time to save Marie and stop The Ripper. In Part 2 we meet Claire, a woman who feels trapped in her time and bored with her life who dreams of something her world just doesn't seem to offer. The story has the promise of a great love story, with the lure of time travel to add a different spin and the eeriness that only Victorian London can provide. However, the plot just gets lost in far too much detail and there were just a few too many twists and turns for me to feel like I truly engaged with the book and its characters. There were times that I just skimmed quite a few pages at once, just to skip over all the unnecessary detail and get to the point of what the author was trying to say. By the time I reached the end of part 2, it became a chore for me to pick up the book and read anymore - in fact if it hadn't have been a copy I was sent to review then I would have just put it down and moved on. I did manage to finish the book, and feel that if the author had condensed it down quite a lot then I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. All the detail, jumping around and hearing the same time travel theories over and over again just didn't work for me.