The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray, by Oliver. R. Simmonds
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This week, I have an absolute gem of a story to share with you.
Today, I’m excited to be reviewing The Timepiece and the Girl Who Went Astray, a science fiction thriller by Oliver. R. Simmonds.
The story is set in the 1980s and follows William Wells, a jobless American immigrant living in England. When he purchases an unusual watch as a gift for his girlfriend Abigayle, he soon discovers that it possesses a unique power. When Abigayle goes missing, Will makes it his mission to find her again, embarking on a one of a kind adventure.
William Wells, a twenty-something year old American, illegally living in London has been afraid to lose his girlfriend Abigayle, seeing himself as not contributing much to their joint household. When Abigayle goes missing, Will’s deepest fear is realized and he must do everything in his power to find her again. While I can’t say that I learned a lot about Will, there were some key things about him that made him a likable protagonist. For instance, his courage to embark into the unknown in the name of love. I found this to be particularly admirable, alongside his intense love of history, which provided an additional sense of roundness to his character.
Abigayle, on the other hand, only had a brief part in the story, considering that she went missing quite early on. My initial impression of her was as a hardworking yet caring young woman, with an equally playful and loving side. Although we don’t see much of her, it isn’t difficult to sense the love she feels for Will every time they are together.
Finally, I’d like to introduce Frenz Belingi, who was a fascinating character. At first glance, this Caribbean shopkeeper seemed mysterious, a man hiding many secrets. However, we later learn that he is a Time Agent (an Extra-dimensional Geo-Historian, to be exact) as Will discovers the unique power of the watch he brought from Frenz’ shop. Throughout the story, I came to see Frenz as a warm and genuine kind of person, as a devoted friend and companion to others. His extensive knowledge of the unique timepiece Will purchased was a great help to Will in locating Abigayle and bringing down a long-corrupt time agency.
The Timepiece and The Girl Who Went Astray was a unique novel, revolving around time, love, and long held secrets. I especially liked the following elements.
- The story had a mysterious feel that had me turning the pages, wanting to know more.
- The plot moved along at a steady pace, advancing in intriguing ways.
- The main characters were likable and equally devoted to the pursuit of their shared goal.
One particular quote stood out to me while reading.
‘Frenz was right about the future being uncertain.’
This specific quote got me thinking about how we never know what’s going to happen in our lives, how things can always change, depending on our present actions.
Overall, The Timepiece and The Girl Who Went Astray was a well crafted and entertaining novel that had me thinking deeply about the possibility of time travel and the effects our actions can have on the future. Themes of time, love, and long held secrets made for a gripping adventure, which I’m sure many will come to enjoy.
My rating: 4 stars.
Recommended to: Lovers of science fiction thrillers and time travel adventures.
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