Review: A Rip Through Time by Kelly Armstrong

Series: A Rip Through Time #1
Author: Kelly Armstrong
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Released: May 31st, 2022
Received: Library
Warnings: Strangulation

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A Rip Through Time is the first novel in Kelly Armstrong’s series of the same name. It’s the first series I’ve read by her that I couldn’t define as fantasy, and it’s always interesting to see how that transition will go. So let’s dive into this adventure!

Mallory is a homicide detective currently on leave to visit her dying grandmother. So not exactly the best time of her life, right? Only things are about to get a little bit worse for Mallory, as a series of strange coincidences create an almost impossible event to believe.

You see, Mallory just so happened to be attacked in the same place and fashion as Housemaid Catriona – but with a one hundred and fifty-year difference. This somehow caused the two to (presumably) swap bodies.

I’ve been looking forward to reading A Rip Through Time from the moment I saw it announced. Luckily I was the first person at my local library to call dibs on it, so I got it pretty quickly! No waiting for me. Well, minus waiting until release day, that is.

A Rip Through Time is an enjoyable romp to the past. I think I loved it so much because it had a sense of humor in itself: that and the romantic subplot, which was a nice twist. But seriously, the idea of a homicide detective gets sent back in time? I love it.

Naturally, Mallory knows much more about investigations than those around her, given how much we’ve learned in the last hundred-plus years. But that doesn’t mean she’s perfectly prepared to deal with their world (time). It just means she has a different way of viewing things.

It was so easy to love Mallory and her personality. She’s fierce and stubborn, with about a million other traits I could list. It made her the perfect candidate for surviving this strange ordeal. I enjoyed reading her interactions with the other characters, especially Duncan and Isla.

Some moments towards the end pulled me out of my enjoyment a bit. It seems silly to nitpick a time travel novel, but I felt the acceptance that followed certain revelations came too quickly. Almost like we didn’t earn those moments? Maybe that’s just me. However, I did enjoy everything else, so I’m not going to complain too much.

The implications left hanging in A Rip Through Time make it easy to understand why readers would be invested enough to continue reading this series. I know I’m too curious to be giving up now!

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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