Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

Thank you to Penguin Random House and the First to Read program for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time because its premise is just the kind of thing I love. Here is my review:

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Moss soon discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut on the spaceship U.S.S. Libra – a ship presumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows the kind of trauma that can occur when you time-travel and believes that the SEAL’s experience with the future is what triggered this violence.Β Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work…

I wanted so badly to love this novel. It had such a fantastic story line and I’m a sucker for strong female characters. However, this novel and I just didn’t work well. I found it a bit slow at times, which stopped me from really getting into the story. I also found that the way it was written was very confusing; there were too many details and names thrown out there and it became hard for me to keep track of everyone. And that was just in the first few chapters! I really liked the concept behind this story, and the tie-in with the mystery and science fiction elements. However, the writing style made this confusing and hard to get into. A lot of other people have read this book and have very positive reviews on it, so I would encourage anyone who is a fan of this author or who likes mysteries/sci-fi to give this novel a shot!

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